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A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge [Paperback]

Robert J. Elisberg
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28 Nov 2012
A #2 best-seller on Amazon's Hot New Releases for Humor Parody. "A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge" is a continuation of the beloved Christmas tale, that quickly goes flying off in its own comic direction. It begins five years after dear old Ebenezer Scrooge has passed away and left his thriving firm to his former clerk, Bob Cratchit. However, Bob's overly-generous benevolence with lending and charity-giving has driven the company into the ground, on the verge of bankruptcy. And so the ghost of Scrooge returns one Christmas Eve to teach Cratchit the true meaning of money. Making the swirling journey through Christmases past, present, and yet-to-be all the more of a chaotic ride for Cratchit are the dozens of characters from other Dickens novels woven throughout the story, together for the first time. God bless them, most everyone.

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Third Road Press (28 Nov 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0615727573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615727578
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. His screen work includes the upcoming comedy-adventure, "The Wild Roses," and co-writing three of the Skateboy movies based on the international series. Elisberg is a long-time columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America, whose political writing is included in the anthology, Clued in on Politics (CQ Press). Among his other writing, he co-wrote a book on world travel, co-wrote the song, "Just One of the Girls" for the Showtime movie Wharf Rat, and wrote the book for the stage musical-comedy, Rapunzel. He has contributed humor and written for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and Los Angeles Magazine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Carol 2 23 Dec 2013
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
It may seem strange to compare a Christmas book to the book The Princess Bride (you've seen the movie even if you haven't read the book, right?), but I'm going to, because A Christmas Carol 2 reminded me of this classic in multiple ways (I know the literati might not call it a classic, but I do).

The first similarity is the premise that the book was written by someone other than the author. The Princess Bride was claimed to have been written by S. Morgenstern with a story involving the author, William Goldman, having it read to him as a sick child, only to discover as an adult that there were boring parts, so he'd republished it in what, if memory serves me correctly, was originally referred to as "the good parts edition." This book (or so the claim goes) was written by Charles Dickens with Robert J. Ellsberg providing some commentary via footnotes.

Another similarity is the humor, sometimes subtle, in both. For example, A Christmas Carol 2 inserts short (sometimes just two or three words) from other sources (often Christmas songs and other seasonal fare) in ways that work in the context of the story, while evoking the source. I'm not sure whether everyone would see these as humorous, but it tickled my funny bone. A few examples are saying "the weather outside was frightful" or describing someone as "a jolly, happy soul with a corncob pipe and a button nose." A second, ongoing joke was the appearance of several characters from other Dickens' books with footnotes explaining the reason for including this character, often including actual (made up) quotes of correspondence between Dickens and his editor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOB CRATCHIT IS A LUCKY MAN 1 Jan 2013
By ZQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Mr. Cratchit couldn't be in better hands having Mr. Elisberg documenting his post-Christmas Carol exploits.

My thumbnail review: I loved everything about it!

This book is incredibly well written, well beyond what I expected. The writing style is seriously good -- the dialogue and descriptions are as if Dickens himself wrote it, with the added bonus of weaving in the smart, witty and extremely funny Elisberg style (check out his blog on Huffington Post). Dare I say this, but I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this as much if the Charles D. himself had actually written it.

Even more important is the very clever story the author constructed. The premise alone is a slam dunk; weaving characters from Dickens' other books into the ghosts and giving them such full blown humor and personalities, is brilliant. Elisberg obviously knows his Dickens. The use of humorous footnotes to inform those of us who are less versed in Dickens' classics is truly inspired.

This story is is tailor made to become a great holiday film. Can't wait to see it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Adorable, Fun 26 Dec 2012
By Treva Silverman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Somewhere in between literature and goofiness, this witty satire of Dickens is a rolicking fun read. You suddenly find yourself guffawing over an aside, or a line out-Dickensing Dickens. I think the gentleman himself would have gotten a kick out of it. I'm a friend of Bob Elisberg's and I must confess I got nervous when he told me he had written a book -- so many times I've had friends write something and I get scared that I won't love it. I shoudn't have worried -- this book is hilarious and a good time is guaranteed. By the way, the fact that it's about Christmas shouldn't deter anybody reading it any time of the year. Funny is funny no matter what the season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than bourbon fruitcake! 20 Dec 2012
By B Dog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
That Charles Dickens, what a fun guy. Thanks to Robert J. Elisberg for dusting off this story and serving it up on a silver platter. It's a tasty hodgepodge stew of sly references, both antique and modern day. Loads of whimsey and charm, and a huge pleasure to find so many of my favorite characters in literature revisited and revamped. I didn't plan to read it all at once, but ended up doing so. Like a delicious, sticky piece of pecan pie, I couldn't put it down. Great job to all involved from Chuckie D to Robert J! Outstanding work, gentlemen! Thanks for making me smile.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, loved story, too many footnotes 18 Oct 2013
By Dealsharingaunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I always thought that Bob Cratchit lived happily ever after and Scrooge learns his lesson. I never thought that Scrooge died and had to come back to Bob to teach him about money. I guess Scrooge learned that he could have took it with him! I really liked the way that characters from many Dickens works were in this book. I did not like the footnotes. They were long and made me lose track of the story. I would have preferred an afterward, etc. I had fun revisiting Dickens tale and I am still wondering if there really was a manuscript that got lost. I am giving this book a 3/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Scrooge 14 Oct 2013
By Teresa Beasley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In this sequel, A Christmas Carol 2 by Robert Elisberg, readers are introduced to Bob Cratchit the former clerk of Ebenezer Scrooge. Ebenezer has passed leaving his firm to Bob Cratchit. Bob has a given heart and does not realize when he is being taken for a ride. Bob's actions have caused the company to suffer and it will take a lot to change its condition or bankruptcy is in its future.

Christmas Eve arrives and Bob receives some unsuspected visitors to help him learn about the meaning and value of money. Bob is in for an adventure of past, present and future while meeting some unique characters from Charles Dickens previous works.

A Christmas Carol 2 gives Scrooge the ability to teach his former employee a life lesson. This book reminded me of the original story but was different because the characters from Dickens previous work were involved. This added tidbit made the story fun but hard to follow at times. I could not relate to all of the characters in this book but could in their original titles. I am a fan of Charles Dickens work and would have preferred there not be a sequel. The author does a wonderful job including editor and publisher notes to help readers along the way. However, even though these notes helped I would have preferred to see them as a bonus in the back of the book not throughout. This is my opinion and I recommend others reading the book to form their own opinions.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
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