Sunday, December 13, 2015

Book of the Week: Scrudge & Barley, Inc by John Inman #Review

Author: John Inman
Published: December 7, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 pages


A classic tale takes off in sexy new directions! Poor Mr. Dickens must be twirling in his grave.

When E.B. Scrudge, putz extraordinaire and all-around numbnuts, is visited by his dead ex on Christmas Eve, he can’t imagine how his life could sink any lower. But the three ghostly spirits that come along after are even worse! Good lord, a dyke, a drag queen, and rounding out the trio, a big, hunky bear with nipple rings and a butt plug! What’s next?

What’s next is a good deal of soul-searching and some hard lessons learned with a dash of redemption thrown in for good measure.

And love too, believe it or not. Love that had been simmering all along at the heart of Scrudge’s miserable existence, although he was too selfish to see it—until a trio of holiday beasties pointed his sorry ass in the right direction.


I absolutely love this modernized version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Scrudge is the Scrooge in this story and may I just say I love the play on character names that John Inman uses in this.
A Christmas Carol is a tradition in my house, just like everyone elses. Now this is ABSOLUTELY a more adult themed version but the moral of the story is the same. The three ghosts, the character, the point.
It really is a brilliant way to bring a classic to this genre. John Inman is such a talented author. He made this his own. Cute and creative changes. Giving you the warm holiday feels. Making you even question the choices you’ve made and asking yourself what YOU can do to be a better person.
This is a magical and beautiful (and a little scary) story!!

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