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Let it Snow! Season's Readings for a Super-Cool Yule! (Christmas books 2013) [Kindle Edition]

Red Tash , Jack Wallen , Jessica McHugh , Axel Howerton , Tim Tash , Mercedes Yardley , Claudia Lefeve , Marian Allen , Connie Roberts-Huth , T. Lee Harris
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Book Description

It's the end of the year as we know it, and you'll be feeling fine as you peruse this collection of "season's readings."

Let It Snow! is packed to the rafters with thoughtful gifts for you to unwrap from the comfort of your cozy reading chair. After all, there's snowplace like home for the holidays! Are you ready to branch out beyond the tree'd and true? Stay inside and read and you'll be saying "Let It Snow!"

Let It Snow!
Season's Readings for a Super-Cool Yule!
Ten eclectic stories in off-beat holiday settings

A Laurents County Landfill Christmas, by Red Tash
Silent Night, by Jack Wallen
Crazed in Christmas City, by Jessica McHugh
A Manlove & Kickerdick Xmess, by Axel Howerton
The Snow Wolf's Gift, by Tim Tash
A Serial Killer Christmas, by Mercedes Yardley
Old Mexia Christmas Brew, by Claudia Lefeve
The Pratty Who Saved Chrissmuss, by Marian Allen
Believe, by Connie Roberts-Huth
Hau'oli Hanukkah by T. Lee Harris


Editorial Reviews

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Not the usual collection of short stories for the Holidays!  From a lost boy amidst trolls, fae, & Winter pixies to a rocking punch-up at an upscale brothel, this collection hits on any number of the darker sides of Christmas. ~Reviewer Wolverine

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With a range of holiday tales tying into a variety of imaginative fictional worlds, you'll rediscover favorite characters, and meet a host of new ones in this fantastic holiday mix.  It's snow trouble, just skate away into stories born of: Troll Or Derby by Red Tash, I Zombie I by Jack Wallen, Rabbits in the Garden by Jessica McHugh, Hot Sinatra by Axel Howerton, Tales of Haydon by Tim Tash, Parallel by Claudia Lefeve, Force of Habit by Marian Allen, and many more!

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  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YNXSK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,158 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's a Holiday Without a Little Mayhem? February 23, 2013
By Georgia
Format:Kindle Edition
Let it Snow! Season's Readings for a Super-Cool Yule! is a collection of 10 short stories. The only thing all the tales have in common is the time of year they're each set around, i.e. Christmas.

There's also the interesting addition that each story contains one or more characters from the relevant author's other books. So if you like a certain character, you can find more stories about them. If you do, all the links are helpfully provided in Let in Snow!, at the end of each author's contribution.

The first story is "A Laurents County Landfill Christmas" by Red Tash. Set around a rather eccentric troll, who decides to throw a Christmas bash for all his friends. Set in a world of pixies, wizards, changelings and trolls (among other things), who co-exist with humans much the same way muggles and magic do in the Harry Potter series. Either you know it exists or you don't.

This story was a little confusing. There were so many references to characters and events from previous books that it was difficult to tell who people were or what their relationships to each other were. Half the time I didn't know what was going on. However, I enjoyed the world it's set in and the characters too. Once you get past the whole "who's who?" and reach the story, it becomes an enjoyable little tale about spending Christmas with the people you love, with a little magic thrown in.

Next is "Silent Night" by Jack Wallen. This is a story with a darker tone. John Burgess is the leader of the Zero Day Collective. Run by the some of the most wealthy and influential people around the globe, their main goal is to make money. How are they going to go about this?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This sweet collection of short stories is a most welcome respite from the treacle sap of overwrought, cheesy wonderful-life stories so prevalent during this time of year. Ten authors take the opportunity to introduce their special twisted take on the Holiday Season. From a lost boy amidst trolls, fae, & Winter pixies to a rocking punch-up at an upscale brothel, this collection hits on any number of the darker sides of Christmas.

"The heart-tugging tear-jerkery of Victorian-era Earth's emotional kitsch riveted them, enthralled them, held them spell-bound for the entire journey." (paragraph 17, page 57)
The kitsch (skewed though it may be) within this sweet little collection of tales, including infestation, time travel, magic, a stuffed rabbit, & a Pratty amongst its' numbers, did, indeed, keep me enthralled.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Seasonal COllection That's Fun and Entertaining November 30, 2012
By TonyL
Format:Kindle Edition
Let it Snow! Season's Readings for a Super-Cool Yule! (Christmas book 2012) is an interesting, not quite eclectic, group of ten stories in the spec fiction genre. If you're familiar with these authors, this will be a welcome visit to their worlds and characters at this special time of year. If they are new to you, these stories provide a mostly fun, sometimes touching introduction to the unique worlds these authors have created.

While to me these all fit well under the spec fiction umbrella, that's not to say that they are all similar; they are assuredly not. The common thread is the Holiday Season, as the Foreward begins:
"Happy holidays and welcome to our quaint little holiday collection of zombies, crazies, fairies and treasure-hunters (and more)!"
And snow, because here in the northern hemisphere, Holiday Season comes with snow... or the thought of it. The quote should give you an idea of the breadth good spec fiction can encompass.

For me, I hadn't heard of any of these authors, and I was happy to have a chance to expand my experience. Of the ten stories, nine were what I'd hoped for in opening this file. While the tenth story fit the collection: a story in the author's world set at a holiday dinner party, it was out of my comfort zone. Even at that, I think, for readers familiar with the world it is set in, it will add to their understanding and answer questions so far unanswered.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let is Snow review December 18, 2012
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I just finished this collection of odd holiday tales hand-picked by editor Red Tash, who is no slouch in the talented independent author department her own self.

Each contributing author was challenged to create a new, self-contained Christmas story set in the worlds and characters from their ongoing series. The result is an eclectic collection of tales perfect to read this time of year, but which serves double duty as a sampler of new discoveries you may wish to check out in 2013.

I found many names unfamiliar to me, and I intend to change that. So call it a success in my case. Know going in that the collection skews toward horror and dark urban fantasy, though you'll find plenty of whimsy and sci-fi thrown in. And at least one enjoyable high fantasy tale.

Among my very favorites are the contributions by Red Tash herself and Connie Roberts-Huth with Jessica McHugh's moving period piece the one that hit me hardest. In her contribution, Crazed in Christmas City, we experience Christmas in an insane asylum of the 1950s with a woman who may or may not be as psychotic as the doctors say she is.

Let me be clear, there are no "bad" stories, it's just that the collection paints with a wide brush. Most readers will be drawn toward their favorite styles and less inclined toward others. This is not for those looking for a traditional holiday reader, but readers who want to experience what today's most eclectic writers can do to bring their own unique spin to the holidays. No one plays it safe, and the collection will best appeal to the reader who likes their stories the same way.

RJ
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome book
Published 1 month ago by Maureen
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice change
The typical Christmas stories can get a little predictable and redundant so it was nice to break from the norm and go back in time, or a fantasy world, or to see Christmas from the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kiwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great stuff, fast S&H and will buy again.
Published 3 months ago by Rob Weaver
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This is utter trash, I threw it away before even half way through!
Published 4 months ago by Cheryl Risse
2.0 out of 5 stars I really thought I might like this...
...but I found it too hard for me to mix both Halloween and Christmas (two of my favorite holidays). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Don Kidwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Let it snow!!
The only thing better then a Christmas book is one about Christmas and snow. I love, love Christmas stories and this one was no exception. Read more
Published 9 months ago by BD
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories
Quick and short but just enough to leave you wanting more. I liked the variety of stories and will be looking for more from some of the authors.
Published 14 months ago by Sheila M Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the fact that I can use the I click whisper and it there like in...
great I always love the books I get for my kindle. Love the way it becomes instant. Hope to get a kindle for my grand son
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
A fun change to the normal Christmas stories. Most are just snippets from larger books but, that is cool, because you may want to read the whole book later.
Published 15 months ago by Rebekah
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Read or Purchase
I quit reading it. Too much profanity for something to be about Christmas. Disappointed in it. I would not recommend it to anyone.
Published 15 months ago by Dr. P
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