Three French Hens - A Christmas Collection

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Rated 3.78/5 based on 9 reviews
Three short stories, based on Christmas song titles, but with a fantasy twist. More

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Words: 8,440
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465930132
About Gayle Ramage

Living in Scottish lowlands. Wish I could grow my own TARDIS.

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Review by: Michele Minor on June 13, 2012 :
This ebook of three short stories based on Christmas Carols is a young hip way of looking at old Christmas songs. She has an interesting take on the Christmas stories that she has decided to base her short stories on. This is a short, fun read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Paul Lewis on May 13, 2012 :
Ahhh Christmas, a time of sweetness, good will toward men, and all that stuff. Well, if that's what you want from a Christmas story, GO AWAY!! You won't find it here!

This trio of stories looks at the darker side of things. First up is a vampire that gets caught in a situation he'd rather not be in. Then there's a game show with some unusual contestants. Finally, a woman with an ability most of us don't have.

All the stories are short, so they make for a quick read. If you enjoy quirky stories and twist endings, you'll definitely enjoy these. You're sure to get a chuckle from how things turn out.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Andrea on Feb. 09, 2012 :
This is a collection of 3 short stories all centered around Christmas and each with a paranormal aspect. The first has a vampire who is preying on an elderly lady, the second deals with a reality television show featuring a singing trio of sisters that turn out to be demons and the third has a main character named Darcy who is a time traveler that encounters Santa Claus.

Each of these stories have a twist in them which I really enjoyed. They could have had another proofread as there were some typos. This was a quick read and a good break in between my normal reading. I liked these stories overall but they didn't engage me like some others I have read.

I received this ebook free through LibraryThing member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on Jan. 30, 2012 :
I received this from Library Thing.

This was a great short story collection all based on the theme of Christmas. I actually loved the first two. The first is about a vampire preying on an elderly lady whom he will never forget. The second story is about a music competition with an excellent twist at the end of it. The third is about Santa and how he changes Darcy's view of him.

I would definitely recommend this short story collection for those who are looking for a different twist to the typical Christmas stories.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Betty-Anne Olton on Jan. 28, 2012 :
I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for reading and reviewing it.

As the name states, this is a collection of three short tales with a Christmas them, each based on a popular Christmas carols. The book is a quick and entertaining read. The first story about a vampire preying on the elderly is fairly forgettable. However, the second story, which has a very different ending to a televised singing competition, has a much better twist to it and a satisfying ending.

The third story packs the greatest impact. The main character, Darcy, has a meet up with Santa which changes her view of the stereotypes of the jolly, fat, bearded character. Darcy is a real character with foibles and problems. It makes her easy to relate to and I wanted to read more about her.

The major problem with this book was that it required some serious editing. There were many instances of incorrect spelling, duplicated words, and poor grammar, sufficient to detract from my enjoyment of the stories. Also, it suffered from some choppy sentences, and some poorly worded ones which again, stood out from the story and made my reading experience unsatisfying.

That said, I would still read from this author in the future. The character of Darcy will reappear in the author’s forthcoming Time-Traveling Assassins series, and I am willing to give those books a try. I am hoping that the editing issues will be resolved in future books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: trish earl on Jan. 20, 2012 :
I found this book hilarious. It is short tales about the dark side of Christmas. I laughed. Thanks for sharing.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: carod on Jan. 17, 2012 :
Three French Hens is a collection of three short stories by Gayle Ramage which I received through Librarything Member Giveaways. I must confess that I have a fondness for Christmas anthologies. I don't mind if the stories are a bit schmaltzy or silly. It is an indulgence that I can partake in once a year, like shortbread cookies or eggnog. These stories each take their names from a Christmas carol, but for two of the stories the name of the story, and the fact that the stories take place around Christmas time, were completely irrelevant to the plots of the stories. One of the stories was a spoof on an X Factor-like talent show and on Vampire stories They read rather like skits for Saturday Night Live or another sketch comedy show and were funny, short spoofs. The third included Santa in the story but the punch line seemed to be that Santa is a whiner. The purpose seemed to be to introduce the main character, a time-traveller, who is apparently the protagonist of a future series. Altogether the stories weren't bad, and were funny spoofs of the various genres. However, readers expecting a “Holiday-themed” anthology will be disappointed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathy C on Jan. 07, 2012 :
Holiday tales that are definitely not for children.
Vampires, the devil and time-travel are featured in the stories. Interesting and different. Worth reading.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Patti on Dec. 03, 2011 :
A fun, quick read with a good amount of cynicism, supernatural and quirkiness thrown in. These are definitely NOT the happy-happy feel-good holiday tales of my childhood ;)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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