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I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009


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  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Roberts is a writer of science fiction novels and stories, as well as Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature in English at Royal Holloway, University of London. Three of his novels, "Salt", "Gradisil" and "Yellow Blue Tibia" were nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and his most recent novel "By Light Alone" has been shortlisted for the 2012 BSFA Award. He has published over a dozen novels, a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF, stories, parodies, bits, pieces, this and that.

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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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A Christmas Carol with added festive zombie gore.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov 2009
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Out in time for Christmas comes this re-working of a Christmas Carol. WIth London and then the world about to fall prey to a zombie infection Scrooge finds he is the only person immune from the zombie plague. Will Scrooge be the last man standing, or will he and the three ghosts of Christmas manage to alter the inevitable outcome?

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Lovatt on 9 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to this because i love christmas and i love zombies and the combination should have been mind blowing. It was not. It was clear to me that the author thought he was funnier than he actually was. I found myself not wanting to pick it up and read more and wanting to accidentilly leave it somewhere so that i would have an excuse not to finish it. Maybe i am being a little bit harsh, but still, a waste of time and money. Maybe my expectations were too high but i didn't enjoy it at all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The man dressed as a light bulb on 20 Aug 2010
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I, like another reviewer, love Christmas and I love Zombies so I thought this would be my cup of tea.

I wanted to love it, I gave it every chance to impress me but I HATE the writer. This "book" is clearly the result of a massive mix up at the printers. It reads like a first draft, not a finished book.

Adam Roberts takes full paragraphs to explain stupid little inner thoughts about which word is the correct one to fit the purpose intended.

This 12 year old child named "Adam" has completely ruined what could have been a fantastic idea...

For shame...

Avoid at all costs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Chick City on 11 Jan 2010
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What can I say about this book? It's certainly different... gory... entertaining. A story based on Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol' with brain eating zombies, what's not to like? Sounds like a great fun read. Well, it was, to a point.

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?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LovingKindle on 13 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled upon this book quite by accident and bought it just out of curiosity. It turned out to be a wonderfully subverted story akin to Blackadder. Witty, original and really intune with Dickens and A Christmas Carol. It's not long, but well worth a read if you like intelligent humour and the occassional brain-eating zombie thrown in for good measure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ell_94 on 23 Dec 2010
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I had high hopes for this book, I placed my order and saved it until the weekend before Christmas to read and was bitterly and utterly dissapointed. The reasons for this are, first of all, (in my opinion), it just isn't funny, I was expecting a tongue in cheek spoof of A Christmas Carol and got a cheesy, half-baked, short story with a poor narrative, even poorer characters and jokes that missed the mark everytime. I read all the way through the book and found absolutely no redeeming features, I would recommend avoiding this if you are looking for something funny as for me I found it dissapointing and not worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lainy on 27 Dec 2011
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My Review

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.
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