Great twist on an amazing classic,
This review is from: I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas (Hardcover)
`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. I am a huge fan of the original Victorian classic, with it's lovable characters, strong morals and enchanting winter London setting, so naturally, when I spotted this in the library I was a bit apprehensive, having never read `I Am Legend'. I decided to pick it up anyway, and immediately fell in love with the writing style. It isn't trying to immitate Dickens' writing at all and includes some funny commentary from the author. It also references iconic moments from other famous pieces of culture such as The Shining and even Toy Story. This book is definitely not for the faint-hearted! Although it is only a mere 153 pages long, there is a lot of blood and gory descriptions about the actions of the zombies. I like the take on Scrooge that Roberts has taken, making him a bit less mean, and giving him a less selfish demeanour. I like some of the characters' names too, such as; Terence Cratchitt, instead of Bob Cratchett (paying homage to Terry Pratchett of course) and Fred's daughter Algernon (which I assume refers to Daniel Key's classic sci-fi fantasy novel `Flowers for Algernon').
Although until about halfway through this book I absolutely loved it, I found the second spirit's language and speech a little jarring to the pacing of the novel. Personally I found trying to understand the language used really slowed my reading pace. I did, however, enjoy the appearances of Charles Dickens and H.G.Wells in the plot because I think that it added a bit more depth and contained references that I remember from their works.
The end pages of the book were definitely better, back to well-paced writing, full of really thought-provoking passages. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars because, if you forget that it is based on `A Christmas Carol', this book is a fun, quick read that is action-packed and raises interesting ideas about the nature of humanity.