Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Reading List: A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis

Connie Willis is, apparently, a big fan of Christmas. So much so that she's put together a collection of short SFF Christmas tales for all of our reading pleasure.

Note, some savvy readers may say, "But Becky, she already had a collection so now there are two!" Technically yes, but A Lot Like Christmas is actually an expanded edition of the older collection.

Here's a bit about the book from Goodreads:

This new, expanded edition of Miracle and Other Christmas Stories features twelve brilliantly reimagined holiday tales, five of which are collected here for the first time.

Christmas comes but once a year--which is too bad, because the stories in this dazzling collection are fun to read anytime. They put a speculative spin on the holiday, giving fans of acclaimed author Connie Willis a welcome gift and a dozen reasons to be of good cheer.

Brimming with Willis's trademark insights and imagination, these heartwarming tales are full of humor, absurdity, human foibles, tragedy, joy, and hope. They both embrace and send up many of the best Christmas traditions, including the Christmas newsletter, Secret Santas, office parties, holiday pageants, and Christmas dinners (both elaborate and spare). There are Rockettes, the best and worst Christmas movies, modern-day Magi, Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come--and the triumph of generosity over greed. Like the timeless classics we return to year after year, these stories affirm our faith in love, magic, and the wonder of the season.

Stories included:
- Miracles
- All About Emily
- Inn
- All Seated on the Ground
- In Coppelius's Toyshop
- Adaptation
- deck.halls@bought/holly
- Cat's Paw
- Now Showing
- Newsletter
- Epiphany
- Just Like the Ones We Used to Know

Willis also includes her own lists of favorite Christmas movies, stories, and TV episodes, if you're looking to double down on the Christmas themed entertainment!

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