A Modern Christmas Carol by Bob Seidensticker
122 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing; $5.99 [paperback]
97 pages; Amazon Digital Services; $1.99 [Kindle eBook]
I love the dickens out of a good A Christmas Carol send-up … and I hate a bad one. Given that there are more bad Christmas Carol adaptations out there than good ones, I approached Bob Seidensticker’s entry into the Dickens Riff genre, A Modern Christmas Carol, with a little trepidation.
This tale’s Scrooge is a televangelist, Reverend Nathan Thorpe, who is lord and master not of the counting house but of Hundredfold Ministries, one of the biggest mega-churches in the country. He begins the tale as a jaded businessman who milks his flock for donations and spends as little as possible on actual humanitarian efforts. On Chrsitmas Eve, of course, he gets a visit from his former partner in the ministry, followed by the arrival of three Christmas spirits who aim to show him the error of his ways.
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