Mar 20, 2010
Author: Ed Williams
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Mainstream Fiction/Humor
Length - 150
Other: light M/F [Multiple Partners] no graphic sex
Pagan & Pagan Elements: n/n
Reviewed by: Jes L’Heureux
About The Book:
Christmas isn't just about sugar plum fairies and reindeer dancing across the sky. It can also be about red clay chunk wars, cock fighting, dead people who may really not be, and more! Get set for a wild, wild Christmas ride when you read ChristmaSin', Southern Outlaw Author Ed Williams' take on what a true Christmas in a small, rural Southern town is really all about! Learn about Christmas miracles happening in the most unlikely of settings, the early '70s in tiny Juliette, Georgia. A novel that could be true, in some places actually is, and one that will both warm the heart and tickle the funny bone!
ChristmasSin: A Juliette Christmas Epistle is part of a series of novels written by Ed Williams, which are all located in the town of Juliette, Georgia. The story is written almost as a series of journal entries in that the reader is placed in the mindset of the main character. It starts off at Thanksgiving and runs through to Christmas, going through the mind of a young teenage male named Ed Williams, III. With the author and his character sharing the same name, the story is essentially a fictionalized version of some events in his own past, and adds to the journaling aspects.
One of the downfalls for me is the language of the story, the entire novel is written in Southern colloquialisms that as a Canadian, I found very difficult to follow at times, and was frustrated as a reader. I thought that using this language as a way of writing the narrative and overall style was a further barrier between the author and the reading audience. I can appreciate some of the writing such as the speech between characters and such being colloquial, but having the entire body done in such a way was distracting and had me “putting down” the book several times.
Past the language, the story is liquid and flows through different events, at times giving a sense of adventure that I can remember having experienced as a child. This was truly a snapshot of events, the anticipation of family gatherings and reminiscing about childhood and family life.
One thing I would say is that if you are from the South Eastern United States or perhaps have a better understanding of the colloquial linguistics of that area, this is a great read. For me it was too distracting in trying to force the language to find it anecdotal or enjoyable.
For our pagan readers, there are references on Christianity and God worship, in being a story about Christmas; but it isn’t enough to distract from the core of the story itself.
Pagan Elements: ~
Cover (Rated 1-10): 7 – Although on my forwarded copy for review did not have a cover attached, I did peruse the Author’s site and saw the cover that will be on the book. I found it to be well rendered, has a “homey” feeling with the ideal that you are about to read a nice Christmas story.
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