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  •  Christmas isn't my holiday (4+ / 0-)

    but I admit to having a soft spot for Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising, a YA fantasy novel that takes place over Midwinter and Christmas.  (This is where I first encountered the carol "Good King Wenceslas," which is probably why I also have a soft spot for that song.)

    And of course, nothing will ever beat Lemony Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story.

    •  Ooo.. I love that series (3+ / 0-)

      I never really considered it a Christmas book, but I love that series. My son read it in sixth grade.. and then they put the movie out.. which was HUGELY disappointing. We had him do a comparison paper between the two. But there was really so little that was the same it was a shame.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:16:35 AM PST

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      •  Oh god, WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE MOVIE (2+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest, chimene

        Rant, yes.  Talk, NEVER.

        After I heard about the outrages that movie perpetrated on the original, I was talking to a friend about it.  And she said "But isn't Christopher Eccleston playing the Black Rider?  How bad can it be?"  And I said "No, you don't understand.  Christopher Eccleston is playing the Black Rider.  And he's going to be amazing.  He is going to lock in and become that part, he's going to be terrifying and awesome and perfect.  AND THE MOVIE WILL STILL SUCK.  THAT'S HOW BADLY IT IS GOING TO SUCK."

        By all accounts I was right.  I wish I hadn't been.

        (Having your kid do a comparison paper was a really good idea.  A++ parenting/teachering.)

    •  Sounds interesting, Batya! (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, chimene

      Haven't read The Dark is Rising but it sounds like a good tale. "Good King Wenceslas"--every time I think of that song I remember the scene in "Love, Actually" when Prime Minister Hugh Grant stands on the doorstep and starts singing it and his bodyguard suddenly booms in with a marvelous rendition. The bodyguard was, of course, Welsh.

      The Latke sounds like another Christmas story to add to my list to read to Miss Pink Cheeks. Thanks for the mention!

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:24:37 AM PST

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