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A Lot Like Christmas

著者: Connie Willis
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カテゴリー: 洋書, Fiction

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Holiday stories and traditions enchantingly reimagined - with an insightfully satirical twist. Featuring five stories new to this collection, plus seven previously published stories, now all collected together for the first time.

From the award-winning author of Crosstalk.

No one could ask for a better present than a collection of Connie Willis Christmas tales. These are amazing stories, representing all the best of the Connie Willis experience: true Christmas gifts to her many fans. They are full of humor, absurdity, human foibles, tragedy, joy, and hope. They both send up and embrace many of the best Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas newsletter, Secret Santas, office parties, holiday pageants, and Christmas dinners (both elaborate and spare). There are ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come; debates over which is the best Christmas movie (Connie argues for the original Miracle on 34th Street, hands down); Rockettes; modern-day Magi; and the triumph of generosity over greed.

©2017 Connie Willis (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carrie Mercer
  • 2017/12/07

Best Christmas stories ever!!

Connie Willis has it all in her Christmas stories: humor, intelligence, nostalgia, and a true love of Christmas. Don't miss her list of great xmas stories and films at the end!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris
  • 2017/11/13

Favorite Christmas listen

Several new Christmas stories and now on audio! I read these on kindle every year and am happy to see them now on audio!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • jahk
  • 2019/01/02

Great collection of unexpected Christmas stories

Connie Willis always tells unique and amazing stories. This collection is no exception. The stories are funny, touching (in a non-heavy handed way), and enjoyable.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • R
  • 2020/02/12

I love these Christmas stories!

They are all delightful! Not too sappy, or too predictable. Engaging and funny, and thoughtful, and with a message about Christmas in every one. Even the space invaders fit into the collection perfectly.

They are performed well, too. (Can’t forget the wonderful people who read them to me!)

My new comfort Christmas collection, to be read at any time of the year.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Dave
  • 2020/01/18

Very, Very Long Stories

Several friends had told me how much they enjoyed Connie Willis's Christmas stories, so I was excited to check this collection out. But I was quickly surprised by how long the stories are. While I enjoy stories that take their time, I prefer short stories (including novellas and novelettes) to be economical with their words. Here, most of the stories are close to 2-3 hours in length and and unfortunately feel it. Willis doesn't quite agree on the economics of words in short stories, apparently.

"Miracle," like at least half of the stories in this collection, is a romantic comedy about an office Christmas party getting hijacked by a environmentalist trickster. This sounds pretty funny, but there's also a lot of arguing about which is the better Christmas movie: Miracle on 34th Street or It's a Wonderful Life. Can't we like both? The execution dragged on and on, and couldn't charm or tickle me. "Newsletter" is about how ridiculous and ludicrous Christmas newsletters from friends and family can be. In the end, it of course turns out to be one of the newsletters itself but it's hours long (30 minutes would've been a stretch). "Now Showing" is a SF story where a pair of film lovers discover that the movie theater theme parks with one hundred screens they've been patronizing hold some big secrets about the industry -- secrets which broke my suspension of disbelief.

That said, some of the stories are delightful -- "Cat's Paw" is a SF mystery that riffs off Sherlock Holmes and Poe's "The Murders of Rue Morgue." "deck.halls@bough/holly" is about a Themed Christmas Decorator who does installations for clients who is surprised when she starts to fall for her newest client. "Epiphany" sees two modern wise men and a woman searching for their own epiphany. "Just Like the Ones We Used to Know" attempts to put a fun speculative spin on one of Willis's favorite Christmas movies -- Love, Actually -- by stringing together several different stories of a global White Christmas, some which are pretty fun. But my favorite is "Adaptation," a small, quiet story which takes place in a bookstore on Christmas Eve and shows the spirits of Christmas Past and Yet to Come struggling in the modern era of the holidays, while a fellow clerk wishes he could just spend the holiday with his daughter. The reading by L.J. Ganser on this is particularly excellent.

Something else I really enjoyed were the introduction and afterward by Willis, who talks about what makes Christmas stories special and goes on to share some of her favorites as a fan. Even though I found this collection to be over long and half the stories forgettable, it would be delightful to spend a couple of hours talking to Willis about Christmas stories. Some of these tales I might come back to in holidays yet to come, but next time I'll be skimming and skipping some of the other stories.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebecca Lindroos
  • 2019/12/22

Loved it!

I don't often write reviews, but for this book I have to as it was sooo excellent, (a 5 +++) and so exactly what I wanted to listen to a few days before Christmas As a long time fan, .I've read quite a lot of Willis so I knew the narrative would be good and probably humorous, I just didn't expect it to be so well developed specifically for a Christmas read. It's also very nicely narrated

The dozen short stories, except for one, weigh in at about 40 pages. They're all linked with a slightly different Christmasy theme and spirit, but there's a lot of humor in them, some light futurist sci-fi, and a tiny sprinkling of romance. I smiled and laughed and sometimes my heart was touched. It's been over 2 days now and I still can't find my next listen. Enjoy.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Deedra
  • 2019/12/16

A lot like Christmas

Connie Willis is a wonderful writer and this compilation of short sci fi Christmas stories proves it. Narration by Eliza Foss , L. J. Ganser, Lori Gardner and, John Keating was very good.Recommended for teen on up.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dix
  • 2017/12/21

Christmas stories for grown ups

Love Connie Willis and these stories are great for listening to as Christmas approaches. Very cheering when queuing or sitting in Xmas traffic jams! Also Willis provides a list of good Xmas films, stories and tv episodes at the end. A great selection and really useful. So have a pen and paper handy for the epilogue!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin Boone
  • 2019/12/17

The best Christmas stories since Dickens

This is a collection of Christmas stories with science fiction and fantasy themes. Very few contemporary Christmas stories are any good, so it's pleasant to find stories that are clever, funny, and mostly unsentimental. Potential buyers should be aware that some of the stories have already been published in Willis's other, similar collection 'Miracle'. However, there's enough in this book to make it good value, even if you've already read Miracle. Oddly, one (and only one) story from Miracle did not make it into this collection -- The Pony. I can sort-of see why -- it's kind-of dark; but so is Coppelius' Toyshop, which is included.

Few of the stories in this collection have the depth and intensity of, say, Fire Watch, but all are thought-provoking, even the more whimsical ones. They are written in a variety of different styles, as I guess is to be expected from a collection that spans twenty years or more. Some are a little dated, in the sense that the author is writing about future times which are, for us, in the past. This, I guess, is an occupational hazard for a science fiction writer. Even the introduction -- a part of most books that I skip -- is entertaining.

There are a few slightly odd accents, but not bizarre enough to spoil the writing.

If you only read one Christmas-themed book in your life it should, of course, be A Christmas Carol. If you've read that, you should read this next.




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