Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Review - Christmas Tale

Christmas Tale
by Mark Lawrence
Date: unknown
Publisher: Mark Lawrence
Reading level: A
Book type: short story
Pages: 3
Format: e-book
Source: author's website

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is just a short little snippet from the author's website. It's not even a story. It's just the beginning of a scene. It could've been really funny, had it been followed through with... but as it is, it's just a bit of nothing. A couple of Satan's minions recruit a couple of demons to make Christmas especially aggravating. That's the premise. Unfortunately, it's also the whole story. Just when we find out what the plot's going to be, the story ends.

I guess you could view this as an exercise in minimalism. Or you could interpret it as self-contained. But I think I probably would've gotten more out of reading a few Goodreads synopses! Really. This is a good start, but I was hoping for a lot more.

Plot: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Pace: 3/5
Writing & Editing: 2/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall Rating: 2.29 out of 5 ladybugs

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