Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Ebenezer Scrooge encounters visits by spirits- Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come- with his own moral transformation, set in Victorian England’s classic holiday traditions. The classic has never been out of print and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Ebenezer Scrooge encounters visits by spirits- Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come- with his own moral transformation, set in Victorian England’s classic holiday traditions.  The classic has never been out of print and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.



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Monday, December 19, 2011

SHORT STORY REVIEW An Ex-Mas Feast by Uwem Akpan


SHORT STORY REVIEW An Ex-Mas Feast by Uwem Akpan – All of the members of a poor family in Kenya must work, to make money.  The father is a pickpocket, a daughter is a prostitute, siblings beg for money and the mother monitors everything.  The parents discover their prostitute daughter has a white customer; he drives a Jaguar and forgives the family’s debt.  This makes the mother love her daughter more.  

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Available now: Tales for the Campfire, a horror anthology in conjunction with the SF Bay Area Chapter of Horror Writer's Association. Featuring Chad's short story entitled “Vivified”.  





He is the author of “Behind the Walls,” released via TANSTAAFL Press in their Enter the Rebirth anthology. He’s also previously published “Picker,” “Weirder,” “Hallowseve” and “Midwinter”: a quirky gaggle of grotesque, bizarre and unsettling tales for your reading pleasure. 

He read at San Francisco’s Lit Crawl, interviewed on a number of radio shows, was published by Artifice Comics, and founded the Alabama Street Writer’s Group. He is currently working on a novel series tentatively entitled Regenerates


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

SHORT STORY REVIEW I Am Not a Jew by John Biguenet


SHORT STORY REVIEW I Am Not a Jew by John Biguenet - As Mr. and Mrs. Anderson travel in Europe, Mr. Anderson explores to find himself at a Jewish cemetery.  He notes photographs, dates, ages, changes and  trends.  He’s so engrossed he doesn’t hear the local teen neo-Nazi punks coming up the path behind him.  They start harassing him, asking him if he is a Jew.  In his panic and his fear, Anderson manages to eventually get the grammar right for the German phrase “I am not a Jew”. The owner of the hotel invites him to have a drink with him.  He tells the old man about his experience in the graveyard and it is the old man who reassures him that there was nothing else he could have done. 

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

XANADU

XANADU – I really enjoyed watching Xanadu, last night at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.  The lead actors (Chloe Condon and Jesus Martinez) shouldn’t be missed, as the musical runs to mid-January.  There were some technical issues, the theatre space is quite small and it gets REALLY hot inside, so plan to wear cool clothing.  Yet criticisms aside, it’s a fun and spirited re-take of a BAD movie that turns out to work very well as a musical.  

Friday, December 2, 2011

THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK SHORT STORY REVIEW

THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK SHORT STORY REVIEW - The short story, titled The View from Castle Rock, is also a collection.  In this review, my focus is the short story, not the book.  The Laidlaws emigrate from Scotland to Canada in 1818.  For the first time in their lives, family members board the ship:  Old James (father), Andrew (son), Agnes (son’s wife) their infant son (Young James) and siblings (Mary and James).  They depart on a sea passage:  Agnes gives birth to a girl, Walter documents the voyage in his journal, Young James becomes lost and after a frantic search, Mary finds him.  The ship full of emigrants reaches Nova Scotia; amazed by groves of trees, clear shining sky, fresh air and a profusion of sea birds.  The sailors fire shots at the birds, point out a whale ship side, passengers break out a fiddle and everyone dances with joy. Near the conclusion Walter has become a close companion to Nettie, a rich girl suffering from tuberculosis.  Mr. Carbert, her father, offers Walter a position in Montreal.  He refuses, since he means to work the land with his family.  The short story and collected book of stories, under the same name, follows Munro’s family history.  

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