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Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol by [Hand, Elizabeth]
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“Hand combines a variety of science fiction elements into an original and colorful weave.” —Publishers Weekly on Icarus Descending

“A superior stylist.” —The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Elizabeth Hand (b. 1957) is an award-winning author whose science fiction and fantasy novels include the Winterlong series, Waking the Moon, Last Summer at Mars Hill, and Glimmering. Her novels and short stories have won the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Awards, among others. Hand was born in California and raised in Yonkers and Pound Ridge, New York; she now divides her time between London and the coast of Maine. Over the years she has been a regular contributor to the Washington Post, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, among many others.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6516 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (December 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GM742EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A good novella about the challenges of having a handicapped child. Since I have one also, I enjoyed seeing how the parents came to a better place in their acceptance, in spite of getting divorced partly because of this.
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A lovely story about losing the magic of life and then regaining it, despite all the defeats and losses of adult life. This is a book I plan to read again every year at Christmastime, the perfect time of year to draw hope and resilience out of the dark days of midwinter with their memories of people lost.

I bought the ebook version, and the formatting was excellent.
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I like this book. It really is as simple as that. The writing is clean and the author did an excellent job portraying what it is like not only to be a single parent, but also to be the parent of an autistic child. If you are a fan of the feel good holiday story, this book will get you right in the chest, although in a bit different way.

This book is edgy and does have some swearing and some reality filled moments that most of the "Christmas stories" don't tend to feature. I loved the 60's culture and the music movement in this story and appreciated that the background for this tale was an eclectic mix of themes that made the author the talented writer that she is.

This is a relatively short book with a lot of things going for it. The end result is not obvious from the beginning nor even from the last third or so and the characters stood out as real people rather than two-dimensional or forced beings. The holiday feel intensifies as the story progresses and in the end, there was a reason for a couple of well-earned tears.

I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a bit different holiday story and one that they won't soon forget. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher, Open Road Media.

You should feel good about purchasing this book for the holidays as it supports Autism research. Go on...you know you want to.
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"When Brendan touches his four-year-old son, Peter screams and pulls away. He suffers from a form of autism known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder and has no idea how much his father wants to make him smile. Their relationship is tortured, but Christmas is coming, and a miracle might come with it.

An unlikely harbinger of the holidays arrives in the form of Tony Kemper, Brendan's childhood friend who's never quite gotten over his glory days as a 1970s punk sensation. Broke, unemployed, and homeless, Tony has recently become obsessed with the long-canceled Chip Crockett television show, a beloved memory from when they were kids. Not a minute of footage remains of Chip, but these three boys are about to discover that when an entertainer is truly great, his magic will last forever."

Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol is, in many ways an homage to the original Christmas Carol by Dickens. But that doesn't mean it's derivative. It maintains the spirit of the tale without the schmaltz that so often permeates Christmas stories. Author Elizabeth Hand does a marvelous job of showing the difficulties and heartbreak of raising an autistic child while not turning Peter into Tiny Tim, an object of pity and Brendan may have Scrooge-like qualities but he definitely isn't the miser of the original tale. And Tony, well, he's a very likable modern Cratchett or maybe Marley but he's definitely his own character.
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This is a short story about a father, Brendon, of an autistic boy, Peter, who, besides his ex with whom her shares custody of Peter, has two other friends, Tony and Kevin. In the story, Brendon is a lawyer, eking out a living in DC. Tony is a rock star, “wanna be” or has been (not really clear), looking for direction in life and obsessed with Chip Crockett, a TV Kid’s star who once entertained him and Brendon and who has recently died. Brendon is also searching for answers. His life is not exactly as he would have liked it to turn out. He is divorced from another lawyer. He is trying to understand and come to grips with his son’s autism. He doesn’t really enjoy celebrating the holidays, which makes this time of the year, around Thanksgiving to Christmas, especially difficult to get through. The story revolves around Tony’s obsession with Chip Crockett, and how that affects him and Brendon and Peter. I found the story an interesting read, tough I could have enjoyed it more if there had been more focus on Peter and how he interacted initially and later with everyone. The characters are well developed. The storyline is very simple and clearly presented without a lot of extra baggage you so often find in books. It was heartening to see how Brendon and especially Peter developed in the story. Though the setting is the Christmas season, the story really isn’t about the holiday, but more about two grown men, one unemployed after a touch with stardom and one the father of a young son, searching for meaning in their lives and where to go from here. It is also the story of Peter, who is endearing and makes you want to hug him, though, with his autism, that might not go over so well with him.Read more ›
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