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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B018TK10D8
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I’m full of surprise myself that this hasn’t got more 5 star reviews yet. I suppose it’s early days. I’m feeling rather Grinchy lately with the Christmas stories that are out.
So when a tale as classic and as old and familiar as A Christmas Carol is being re told, you wonder, with some trepidation, how the author is going to make this a read that delights and thrills when you re-visit this old cherry. This John Inman story did this for me.
I’m a big fan of Scrooge and this particular Dickens book. I was taken to see it on the big screen ad nauseam by my dad who was a huge Dickens fan. I’ve seen live productions, pantomimes and possibly every version made. (The only one I didn’t enjoy was the Jim Carey one. I’m not a fan of Mr. Carey at all) The first time I saw the 1938 version with Reginald Owen, I didn’t sleep for a week, but then I was only a terrified eight-year-old.
This story delights me each time I read or see it. It’s essentially a tale about the essence of human hope; the transgression of boundaries between the worlds to give someone a second chance. I’m sure we all wish somehow we could experience the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and perhaps change the path we’re treading, if it needs changing.
The book though - my heart broke for Ebbie when we found about his crappy childhood; my throat choked up when I saw poor, beautiful Willie so beside himself with love for a man who didn’t love him back. Willie was such a well-drawn character, a man who was tender, gentle and seemed to have a never ending gift of giving himself. (In many ways, as you’ll find out…)
Spoiler alert - I cried when that pink slip appeared for a certain you-don’t know-who, because you’ll have to read the story to find out. I rejoiced with happy tears when stupid, thick skulled Ebbie came to his senses and saw what his life had become-and where it was headed. I love John’s writing. He tells a wonderful tale, and he tells it so well. This story was delightful; heart-warming and has given me back some of the faith in this genre after being subjected to a lot of reading dross lately. For that, I say thank you, John Inman. You’ve given a lady faith that somewhere, out there, there are some great writers delivering wonderful stories. It must be Christmas.
I know this story has been done over and over, but I really feel that Mr Inman gave it some fresh appeal. Within a very short time in the book, though I wanted to hate Scrudge, I found I had to have an open heart and empathy for him. There were so many instances where I cried for and with him. I truly wish horrible things for his brother.
I hope that whereever Barley is, he received a very small measure of redemption for himself for helping Scrudge see the error of his ways.
The two leads here are as diiffrent as guys can be, but still find that they have feelings for each other.
There are the three ghosts and they are more than entertaining, and the guys are just adorable - even if one of them need to be told his lane in life♥
After reading the blurb for this book from John Inman I was actually intrigued as to what this author was going to make out of this story. First the three ghosts! I was amused to read what characters were about to play the famous ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Well, I was thoroughly entertained by this book from beginning to end. I loved the whole idea and laughed at numerous points in the book. However, as amusing and funny as this retelling is by John he certainly manages to work in all the other aspects magnificently. When Scrudges ex Barley and former partner of the Insurance Company now owned by Scrudge appears, the spooky feeling and suspense was just as riveting as in any horror book I have read. The moments of poignancy and emotion were beautifully balanced with the traditional message of Christmas being one of giving and good cheer. Last but not least E.B. (Ebbie) Scrudge at the beginning of the book is as unlikable, self-centred, cold-hearted and detestable as the original.
However, what Ebbie doesn’t acknowledge is the love that his assistant Willie has for him. Scrudge just uses him for a quickie every so often and then goes back to his egotistical self. But for some reason Willie can see something behind the facade, a tenderness that is there but so deeply buried that it has no chance of surfacing. The office quickies were also HOT and phew did they raise the temperature in the room for sure. The hard-nosed business man is all Scrudge knows alas to the extent he has totally lost himself and will take three ghosts to bring him back fromm the brink of his own self-constructed hell. So after using Willie for the physical gives him the cold shoulder after the act is complete as if nothing had ever actually happened.
The first ghost is a lesbian called Bill who takes him back in time and just like in the original this where Scrudge has to face his past. Here we see his first Christmas and I must admit to feeling an ache in my heart when we first get to read about what Scrudge had experienced in his childhood, especially about the fact of being gay. He was actually a loving kid full of joy but due to his experiences had his innocence and joy for life knocked out of him at an early age. No wonder he turned out so hard and uncaring in the end, it was almost understandable the wall he has built around himself for worry of not getting hurt again. But this has made him hard beyond all redemption and he has to first face up to these things.
The second ghost again I found actually hilarious who shows him the havoc, misery and torment that his actions are currently causing. The last and traditionally the most frightening of the ghosts is a drag queen!!! Oh my, at first I thought hilarious but she takes a sinister form and it isn’t all perfect hair, high-heels and makeup. Superb writing by John to actually give a figure that you would normally associate with a good time and a sassy quip for every situation but actually turn it into something seriously not nice and frightening. She of course shows Scrudge his possible future and what is in store if he doesn’t change.
This was a thoroughly entertaining, quirky and wonderful retelling of the great classic with its traditional message wrapped up for Christmas in John Inman style. I can thoroughly recommend this book and it should go on everyone’s Christmas reading list.
Reviewed by Mark for Sinfully Gay Romance Reviews
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