- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (1 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575091541
- ISBN-13: 978-0575091542
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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"Adam Roberts reworks a Christmas Carol into a zombie-slashing gore-fest. Lots of corny jokes and groanworthy one-liners, lots and lots of brain slurping zombies. Clever and daft in equal measure." DAILY MAIL "Imagine a historical Shaun of the Dead written with as many bad zombie puns as you can think of... Like Monty Python at its best though, I Am Scrooge doesn't talk down to its audience. Ranks alongside Blackadder's Christmas Carol as a great comic take on Dickens." TOTAL SCI FI "A Halloween treat and Christmas stocking present all rolled into one... 'I Am Scrooge' is nothing less than great fun from start to finish." -- Graeme Flory GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW "It is apparent that Adam Roberts had a tremendous amount of fun writing I am Scrooge. He plays with the language and name-drops throughout the novel. Scrooge is thrown up against a variety of zombies and never for a moment think that this novel is about character development, or a commentary on the political climes of the day or anything remotely high brow. This is guns blazing silliness to a high degree... but you'll enjoy yourself nonetheless." -- Liz De Jager SF REVU "It's humour is the main draw here, which never lets up. The pop culture references also come in thick and fast too. The prose is witty and the pacing fast and flowing. If you want a nice, fun read you can't go wrong with this quirky little title that will leave you chomping at the bit." -- Amy Squibb SCI FI NOW
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With guest appearances by Charles Dickens and H G Wells there are lots of in-jokes referring to books, and some to films. There are loads of puns here, but because there are so many and so many ideas crammed into this relatively short novel it all becomes a bit too chaotic. With sci-fi thrown into the zombir horror mix there is just way too much to take in in one go, ultimately detracting from what could have been something much better. This would have been better if it had been in a longer novel, or even spread over two books.
If you are looking for a humourous book as a stocking filler for Christmas then this may do, it is something to read when you are bloated with too much turkey on the big day and want to put your feet up.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere of Victorian London and the imagery was really good, I could definitely see the detail in my mind of the zombies gorging on brains. However, there were a lot of jokes with the intention of making the reader laugh which failed for me. After a while they just had my eyes rolling to the heavens and wishing they would just stop coming. It was amusing at first but quickly lost its appeal.
There was also too much going on, with the addition of time-travel thrown into the mix, it made the story a little bit jumbled and hard to follow. The spirits were distinctive though and each one had it's own way of speaking, as you would think coming from completely different times. But I found Christmas Future difficult to understand. This was completely intentional, as Scrooge couldn't understand him either and in return Christmas Future had a book-of-phrases to help him communicate and understand Scrooge. This was quite a funny moment in the book and I did appreciate the humour, but then it went too far and I didn't understanding anything Christmas Future was saying at all:
"'Nah, nah, nah, nah. My bruv been done gone. I can see wiv eyes, and the third, the third. There's a bacon on the bush, there's a chris that crossed, dig dag dug. Speak-n-spell. Get low in the ghetto, the lies buried in da library, ouch!-ouch! is the hierophant of an unapprehended futurity - word!'"
"'For the jam of shoreline!' the Spirit said. 'When you hang with a necker, you hang - yeah?Read more ›
Well it is an odd little story to say the least. At 153 pages it is a tad too long, I feel it started out decent and got a few smirks if not giggles but then it just went off into madness. The story follows loosely the original Christmas Carol (with the character Scrooge, Marley and the 3 ghosts) and then comes the zombies.
It isn't meant to be taken serious and I would think written for a laugh so don't pick it up with any real expectations however it does go quickly down a bizarre road. From meeting some big names ie Jack The Ripper and Dickens, to time travel and a new explanation about what Christmas really is about and how zombies fit into it all.
It has the gore for the hardcore zombie fans who expect nothing less but to be honest, other than that I wouldn't go into it looking for anything more as it offers little else. A promising start that quickly goes downhill, for me it was more so with the second ghost and his horrific murder of the english language. Sadly another 2/5 for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Me and my husband have a thing for zombies and anything zombie related. So when I came across this book I thought it would become a great addition to our library. Great humor! Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2013 by Ioannidis Avraam
`I Am Scrooge' merges the Christmas classic `A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens with the more modern zombie novel `I Am Legend' by Richard Matheson. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2013 by ramblingsofanelfpire
I chose this rating as the product was posted quickly and I was able to get it as part of my Christmas present to someone in time!Published on 5 Jan. 2013 by Alice Ryan
I, like another reviewer, love Christmas and I love Zombies so I thought this would be my cup of tea. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2010 by The man dressed as a light bulb
This is a great re-write on the Scrooge, Christmas Carol, Story. All the characters are there, just different. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2010 by Alan Law
I bought this book on spec. - being a Bah Humbug myself AND a fan of most things zombie - and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2009 by A. FURNISS