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Christmas Beyond the Box by [Langston, Josh, Galler-Smith, Barbara]
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  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Janda Books; 3 edition (November 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F1PJCC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I enjoyed this quirky look at the holidays. Mr Langston has an offbeat way of looking at ordinary events, using everyday people in normal situations that become, well, NOT normal. I enjoyed it. If you hold Christmas "sacred" this may not be the book for you but if you have a sense of humor, enjoy!
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This was a delightful set of short stories, all revolving in some way around the Christmas season. Each of the stories are quick reads and all have magical elements. The characters are very well depicted, unique individuals that bring charm and smiles. Some of the stories I liked better than others (the last two were my favorites), but all of them have believable creativite elements. These are good for youngsters, teens, and adults, and I can imagine reading them aloud to my daughter.
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Loved these stories! They reminded me of the humorous episodes on the old TV show, "The Twilight Zone." Christmas is my favorite season, but sometimes I get tired of seeing and hearing the same kind of stuff over and over. You certainly don't have to worry about that with this book! Yes, it serves up fantasy, magic and even science fiction, but what makes the stories interesting are the quirky characters and the unusual situations. And I love the short little quotes at the beginning of each story. Great fun! (Besides, I've already read "Under Saint Owain's Rock," so I knew these short stories would be good!)
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Some people may like this quirky selection of short stories but it left me cold! I guess I should have known from the title that the author was going for an alternate holiday reality, but I didn't realize science fiction was the closest genre. When I'm looking for a holiday feeling, a tale about a teacher who turns her students into rodents doesn't quite do it for me. Other stories in the book were equally odd, and not in a good way. Sorry, but this collection of "holiday" tales earns a place not on my bookshelf, but on the Island of Misfit Toys!
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This is a collection of seven short stories. They each share a connection to Christmas, but truthfully some of those connections are fairly weak.

We start with A Time For Giving. In this tale, we see another reason to not leave anyone off of your Christmas list and family can come in all forms.

A young boy uses his father teleportation invention to try and solve the greatest holiday mystery of all in The List.

Love Story at Gate 6B is a sweet little tale that shows us love lasts through the ages.

Teacher's Pets presents the tale of a new teacher and her unique way of dealing with troublesome students.

Vanishing Skills shows that even the wish business has its complications.

As long as your mind is open, there will always be something that you can learn. This is the lesson we learn in Last Canvas.

No Marbles This Year is a tale of unique Christmas traditions for a family and how they can be thrown into disarray with the passing of the family's leader.

I enjoyed this collection. The stories were fun even if some of them were only slightly connected to the holiday. This is one of the very few sci-fi/fantasy Christmas book for adults that I have found.
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I enjoyed reading the short stories because of the great imagination involved in creating Christmas beyond the box. The characters are not typical and yet they make your heart smile. It is always a pleasure to read Langston's books because you never know where he is going to take you on his adventures.
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I liked this book that contained 6 short stories. They were mostly events that people would associate with the holidays, but with a twist. I wouldn't necessarily say they put me in the Christmas spirit, but they didn't make me go bah humbug either.

A Time For Giving-The Binderbergs are excited to let the town cut down their big tree so it can be decorated at the Rockfeller Center. Before the town knows it, tree related incidents keep popping up, causing one cop to joke that the tree is haunted. I thought it was cute who's really acting mischievous.

The List-My favorite line: "Somebody had to laugh at the geeky kid-it was a rule of the kid cosmos." Due to the Translation Effect, Toby finds Santa's liar and looks to see if he's on the nice or naughty list. His dad had created the invention (time machine). This story was great with the setting details; I could picture the liar and his dad's work space vividly.

Love Story at Gate 6B-Flight 373 is delayed because no clear landing. I couldn't really connect with any characters because no names were given. An older gentleman waits on a woman (I'm assuming his wife), then they go home.

Behavior Modifications-This story was pretty cool. Casey thinks his new mean teacher Ms. Chantre is turning people into caged animals. I don't really know what it had to do with Christmas, but it was my favorite one. I loved the suspense of Casey's friends nor principal nor parents believing a word he says. It's only a matter of time before Ms. Chantre gets angry and comes after him. I liked the build-up and the twists at the end.

Vanishing Skills-For the holidays, a student has a school project-interview someone. Amy attempts to interview Malachi in the park; he made magic lamps before he retired.
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