Friday, February 19, 2016

Review: The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett

A delightful sequel to Dickens’s beloved A Christmas Carol by the bestselling author of First Impressions and The Bookman’s Tale.

On a hot summer day some twenty years after he was famously converted to kindness, Ebenezer Scrooge still roams the streets of London, spreading Christmas cheer, much to the annoyance of his creditors, nephew, and his employee Bob Cratchit. However, when Scrooge decides to help his old friend and former partner Jacob Marley, as well as other inhabitants of the city, he will need the assistance of the very people he’s annoyed. He’ll also have to call on the three ghosts that visited him two decades earlier. By the time they’re done, they’ve convinced everyone to celebrate Christmas all year long by opening their wallets, arms, and hearts to those around them.

Written in uncannily Dickensian prose, Charlie Lovett’s The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge is both a loving and winking tribute to the Victorian classic, perfect for readers of A Christmas Carol and other timeless holiday tales.

Received for review

Christmas really just isn't Christmas without some incarnation of A Christmas Carol, whether read at home, viewed as a play, or watched as a movie so I was excited to see this continuation of Scrooge's journey.

I'm a Doctor Who fan so as I read the story I heard it in my head as read by Simon Callow who played Charles Dickens in "The Unquiet Dead" and it made it just that much better. It's certainly not a requirement, but it was a fun imagining nonetheless.

The story itself is really quite fun. It's so beautifully written and carries with it the spirit of Dickens so much that I'm sure he would be proud of this continuation of his work.

Happy Scrooge is a really enjoyable character. You really can picture him going around London spreading Christmas Joy in June just because he can... and the Londoners being slightly less than enamored of his enthusiasm.

I really like how this story takes place twenty years after the original so you can see that Scrooge's transformation is permanent. I also enjoyed that while the story focuses on another transformation we got to revisit our favorite ghostly helpers and other favorite characters so reading this was truly like visiting with old friends.

Overall, this is an excellent read for anyone who loves A Christmas Carol and you will not be disappointed. It also works well as an independent story so if you have yet to read the original you will not miss anything if you choose to read this first. Needless to say, I highly, highly recommend this instant holiday classic.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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