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Miracle and Other Christmas Stories Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553580485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553580488
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.1 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The witty, literate Willis offers to wonderfully enjoyable ode to Christmas."
--Publishers Weekly

"When the holidays seem too stressful, pick up Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, slow down, read a few and remember what the holiday is all about."
--"The Denver Post"

"Gives occasion for even hardened Scrooges to rejoice, as usual, in Connie Willis."
--Boolist

""Willis is a national treasure."
--San Antonio Express-News

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The winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, Connie Willis capture the timeless essence of generosity and goodwill in this magical collection if Christmas stories. These eight tales-two of which have never before been published-boldly reimagine the stories of Christmas while celebrating the power of love and compassion. This enchanting treasury includes:
"Miracle," in which a young woman's carefully devised plans to find romance go awry when her guardian angel shows her the true meaning of love
"In Coppelius's Toyshop," where a jaded narcissist finds himself trapped in a crowded toy store at Christmastime
"Epiphany," in which three modern-day wisemen embark on a quest unlike any they've ever experienced
"Inn," where a choir singer gives shelter to a homeless man and his pregnant wife-only to learn later that there's much more to the couple than meets the eye
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I've just finished this book after being given it for Christmas. I must admit I've not been able to put it down. The eight stories in this book are funny, positive, enlightening and entertaining. They bring back thoughts of what Christmas is all about in many guises, from the commercial and economic to the religious. Though I am not a particularly religious person, the fact that many people see this time as important, as perhaps does Ms. Willis, was enjoyable. What was perhaps most enjoyable was the way that Ms. Willis creates knowledgeable views that are multifaceted and not always similar. Some of the stories (The Cat's Paw, In Coppelius's Toyshop) were quite chilling, as well as humourous. Though I normally read Ms. Willis for her science fiction, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to others in a much wider audience. It is one that I can see me reaching for on a seasonal basis, year on year - perhaps that was the point! Another winner - how does she manage it?
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I have read several books and stories by Connie Willis, and she's become one of my favourite authors. This warm collection of Christmas stories was not disappointment, either, but everything you'd expect from Ms. Willis - romance, humour, mystery and also genuine Christmas spirit.
This book, like other works by her, has been labeled as "science fiction". But if you're looking for space travel and funny aliens, this probably is not the book for you :) This collection comes perhaps closer to magical realism than scifi, and I would suggest it for also larger audience, not only for scifi enthusiasts. The genre of these stories varies from comedy to romance, from English country manor mystery to story of religious epiphany. "Inn", church comedy with more serious undertone, and "Cat's Paw", English Christmas mystery, are probably my two favourites.
Warmly recommended. The Denver Post critic says in the back cover of the book, "When the holidays seem too stressful, pick up Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, slow down, read a few and remember what the holiday is all about", and I couldn't agree more.
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This book is very American. If you like Christmas stories you may want to give it a try. It's easy to read and has some novel ideas (some quite strange). I didn't like the title story which almost put me off the rest of the book but I'm glad I persevered. The stories are all 'feel good' stories and stick strongly to the Christmas theme. There is a variety of romance, science fiction and religious stories. What is quite nice is that the author clearly loves Christmas and has even recommended other Christmas stories and films at the back of the book!
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