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Season of Wonder Paperback – October 23, 2012
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Some of the stories do stand out in my memory, but they were pedestrian. I enjoyed the idea of Harlan Ellison's Hanukkah time-travel story and Orson Scott Card's Mormon Wise Men story more than I enjoyed the A to Z approach to the stories. (I did find Card's thinly veiled Mormon theology incorporated into an aliens and Christmas story to be sociologically interesting, but entirely predictable.) Likewise, Ken Scholes odd story of a Santa Claus turned warrior God in warped future where hope is mined and babies are requisitioned was memorable and interesting, but ultimately unsatisfying for not giving a pay-off to he questions it presented.
My sense, by and large, was that the stories were uncomfortable with Christmas. Thus, Robert Reed's "A Woman's Best Friend" subverts "It's a Wonderful Life" by poring cold water on angels and Christmas and Christmas miracles. Several of the stories involve a grim life or death struggle in a neo-pagan setting, which again doesn't sell the Christmas theme that I bought the book for.
My unhappiness may be a matter of expectation. I expected something seasonal for Christmas and the stories seemed to be more about subverting Christmas than communicating the Christmas spirit. Someone reading my story summaries might very well decide that the collection sound enchanting.
I'm purchasing this book to read every year in December!