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review 2018-01-08 19:52
Letters from Father Christmas ★★★★☆
Letters from Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien,Derek Jacobi,John Moffatt,Christian Rodska

What a treat these letters must have been for Tolkien’s children! Father Christmas (and buddies) corresponded with them throughout their childhood, telling all about his home at the North Pole and including thrilling adventure stories of marauding goblins.


Audiobook version via Audible, competently read by multiple performers. I think I’d prefer to have this in a bound copy, so I could also appreciate the illustrations that decorated the letters.

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text 2017-12-08 13:00
Kringle by Tony Abbott

I did not finish this book, so this isn't a review per say, but just putting this here as it may or may not be up your alley. I can see how it would be liked by the intended age group, too!





This is a beautiful looking book, no doubt about that. The story could be an amazing one. Who doesn't think it is cool to have a Santa origin story with goblins, elves and pirates? Yes, please. To me it sounds like The Lord of The Rings with Frodo being Santa or something.

The truth is that I could not get past how random the story seemed to be. It was honestly annoying how Kringle talked out loud to himself so much about everything, as if he had an audience listening. It might have been believable if he were thinking some of the stuff to himself, but nope.I know it is realistic that there are some people who have conversations with themselves, but it felt like this aspect of Kringle was just an excuse to do nothing but telling and not showing. I felt bored.

The writing style is fine, there is nothing wrong with it per say. I just don't think it is for me at this time. It might be a mood thing; maybe I am not as into the holiday spirit as I thought. I will try to read this again at a later date.


The premise of the story really does make me want to finish it and see how it plays out. I guess only time will tell.

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review 2017-11-22 09:58
Father Christmas’s Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett
Father Christmas's Fake Beard - Terry Pratchett,Julian Rhind-tutt

This is a collection of entertaining and sometimes amusing short stories for children based around a Christmas Theme.

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text 2016-12-05 11:00
I made a list! Heartfelt Christmas stories
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Charles Dickens,Michael Slater
The Christmas Day Kitten - James Herriot,Ruth Brown
The Christmas Angel Project - Melody Carlson
A Christmas With The Dodger - Charlton Daines
Letters from Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien,Baillie Tolkien
The Cat Who Came for Christmas - Cleveland Amory,Edith Allard
An Irish Country Christmas - Patrick Taylor
The Magical Christmas Horse - Wendell Minor,Mary Higgins Clark
A Dog Named Christmas - Greg Kincaid
A Redbird Christmas - Fannie Flagg



As it's December, I thought a list of feel good Christmas books was due. Some of these I've read and enjoyed myself while others have been recommended to me by people I trust and I hope to read as many as possible before Christmas.


What they all have in common is leaving you with that warm feeling of the holidays.

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text 2016-11-06 09:32
The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season -- Task the Sixth: The Hanukkah
Eldest (Inheritance, #2) - Christopher Paolini
The Valley of Fear - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Simon Vance, Arthur Conan Doyle
Even Dogs in the Wild - Ian Rankin
Letters from Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien,Baillie Tolkien
Letters From Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien
Reading: Let the dreidel choose a book for you:

נ  Nun (miracle): Christopher Paolini - Eldest (audio version read by Kerry Shale)

ג Gimel (great): Arthur Conan Doyle - The Valley of Fear (audio version read by Simon Vance)

ה He (happened): Ian Rankin - Even Dogs in the Wild

ש Shin (there, i.e. Israel): J.R.R. Tolkien - Letters From Father Christmas



So, it'll be Arthur Conan Doyle's Valley of Fear!


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