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Keith O'Connor is a hermit living in upstate NY.
on Oct. 06, 2012 :
I've read a lot of horror and sci-fi but this book is different. There's more to it than a simple horror story. It's about a new way of looking at things. The characters are unique and I wanted to hug them. Well, some of them. The tale is engrossing and never boring. It's even funny at times. And yet it rocked me to my foundations. This is a story that will stick with you. And if you're like me, it will make you think. The world we know is on the way out and we'd better start thinking about what's coming. I think that's what this author is telling us. And along the way, he's written a Christmas classic.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Sep. 22, 2012 :
Having read a pre-publication version of Xmas Carol, I was delighted to see it finally and find to be that rare thing, a truly original work, a skillful blend of mystery, horror, and a near-future science fiction. While most fiction requires a certain suspension of belief in accepting its premises, Mr. O’Connor manages a sustained bewilderment in his characters and plots, a slowly ascending creepiness in his horror, and most admirably in my mind, manages to render his creation of a fantastic other world so explanatory believable that one feels the suspension of belief is no longer necessary. That, plus cliff hanger chapter endings and plot twist surprises compel you to move forward toward the finish, still wondering what that finish could be. It is intriguing and fun and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)