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Christmas Campfire Companion Paperback – November 4, 2011
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One of my favorites was Maple Jack and the Christmas Kid, by Matthew P. Mayo. Mr. Mayo gives Maple Jack a powerful gift of description, matched only by his compassion for his unexpected guest.
If your preconceived idea is that every western must end in a shootout, author Kerry Newcomb puts a hilarious creamed onion twist on that. Armageddon Louise may run for sheriff unopposed, in the next election.
This book of short stories could easily bring new readers to the genre, and the western reader in your family will treasure it.
Cowboys with reps...ranchers...parenting...ghosts...young love...victory...new beginnings...miracles on every side...good guys and bad sometimes getting mixed up in the season. You catch my drift, doncha, pardner?
From the opening story of a drifter coming upon the lynching of a teen to a settlement of freed slaves with their independence being challenged once again to a Civil War ghost seeking peace to a young mother gone insane who turned out not to be crazed after all to a judge who can read between the lines to fat Santa who can't ride but still needs to save the day, you'll want to keep reading even after you finish the first story.
I couldn't pick my favorite, but two stories that poke my memory at odd moments are about a ranger and his long-sought prey who spend a Christmas learning things about each other and themselves, and the story of Creamed Onions! gone cold: a woman scorned who turns a bad situation around by the sheer fury of her personality.
Everyone should spend a few take me away moments during the rush of the holiday season with one or two of these thoughtfully memorable, beautifully written short stories in the Christmas Campfire Collection.
But hey, throw the two together? Hmm... I picked this up, and was quickly enthralled. Read the first six stories, then jumped to the last. So I've now read 7 of the 14, and so far it is 7/7! As a fair witness, I can say that half of this book just nails it - western style, "campfire stories" indeed - these are the type of stories you can imagine would be told around a campfire at night, no schmaltz, but some sincere - hey - Christmas can be a time where people just show their best. And hope can fire anew.
I invite you to join me in this read. Me? I'm headed back to read the other seven stories!