Christmas Beyond the Box [NOOK Book]

Overview

The holidays mean many things to many people. "Christmas Beyond the Box" takes that notion a great deal farther, and provides some truly unconventional looks at the season from some extraordinary perspectives. Suitable for all but the very young, there's sure to be a tale worth re-telling in this collection for many Christmases to come. Includes bonus novel excerpt from "Under Saint Owain's Rock."
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Christmas Beyond the Box

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Overview

The holidays mean many things to many people. "Christmas Beyond the Box" takes that notion a great deal farther, and provides some truly unconventional looks at the season from some extraordinary perspectives. Suitable for all but the very young, there's sure to be a tale worth re-telling in this collection for many Christmases to come. Includes bonus novel excerpt from "Under Saint Owain's Rock."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032889359
  • Publisher: Josh Langston
  • Publication date: 11/23/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 52,813
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Novelist. Husband. Grandfather. Tax payer (but not terribly happy about it). Tea Party supporter. Fair Tax advocate. Former Delta Air Lines employee. Damn good friend!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Cool

    Will definately follow this author

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    I so enjoyed this collection of stories! As a former teacher, I'

    I so enjoyed this collection of stories! As a former teacher, I'm partial to the one about students being turned into rodents, but I loved them all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Highly Recomend,you must check it out!!

    I enjoy a tale and the first story is my favorie with the Pixies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    If you like these...

    If you enjoy these holiday short stories, try A MAN OF SNOW... They are similar short stories but not all have a happy ending like these.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Fun read

    The author certainly doesn't lack imagination! Stories range from touching to mildly scary to a bit suspenseful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Good

    This book is an amazing collection of short storys.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Cute

    Nice stories. The last one is the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    This book with the sweet cover is a compilation of Short stories

    This book with the sweet cover is a compilation of Short stories.   There are six in total and they are not the usual Christmas stories you would expect.   The book is approximately 94 pages long and reads quickly if you sit still enough to read it.




    A Time For Giving:    This short story was sort of fun.  The Binderburgs were honored to have sold their huge pine tree but then had second thoughts as the tree was deemed haunted by the folks hired to put it up and decorate it.    Mischief and mayhem ensued as folks were injured.  And the Binderburgs came to visit their tree where it stood and escorted the mischief makers back home.  It was an odd little story, but I did like it.




    The List:  Must be nice to have a scientist of sorts for a dad!  This one had a science fantasy theme and the son of the scientist, uses his dad's invention to space and time travel, to the North Pole, where he finds Santa's headquarters.   What he seeks is to know whether he is on the good or naughty list.   Time as always runs out and the boy is safely returned home.    I liked this one as well.   Odd, but what kid wouldn't take advantage of a machine like that?




    Love Story at Gate 6B:  This one was perhaps the shortest of the stories.  Christmas time at an airport was described quite nicely as an unnamed couple are to meet there.   His reactions to the Christmas hustle and bustle is told precisely as I would imagine the older gent carried away by the sea of people who inhabit air terminals during the holidays.   Finally, the last passenger to disembark is her and the story ends with them leaving together.




    Behavior Modification:  This was a story of dark magic set before Christmas.   That was the only thing it had to do with Christmas however.   Kids would probably enjoy this story although they might feel the scare that I felt.   Casey's teacher unexpectedly leaves and the replacement teacher is odd to say the least.    She has total control of the class and if they dared to misbehave.....they disappeared.
    Casey knows they are missing and no one believes him as he tries to reveal the happenings in their classroom.  With a little help from his best friend, Casey determines what needs to be done.   A bizarre story if ever there was one, sure to thrill any reader.




    Vanishing Skills:  This was a very short story as well.   A little girl has a school assignment to interview the elderly about skills that they once had that are vanishing with age.   So she visits the retirement home and meets Malachi.   He thinks he's a perfect person to interview as he used to make magical lamps.   But the girl is too worldly to find him a suitable interviewee.   I was slightly disappointed in this one, it didn't relate to Christmas in any way that I could determine.




    No Marbles This Year:  This was my favorite of all the stories included.  Jedidiah I was an old man who loved his family and gathered them together for Christmas, but this, his last Christmas with them,
    was different from all others.   Past Christmases he had given each family member a marble, with a riddle that led to their gift,    This last year, they all received a snow globe.   Three months later, he passed away and his will was as odd a the marble/riddle game they played at Christmas.   Jedidiah IV
    was just a boy when he received his snow globe, but he kept it and when he became an adult, he found the hidden message inside his globe.    After years of the family going their separate ways, he is commissioned to bring them back together for Christmas and Christmases to come.   This was a heartwarming tale of the bond between young and old and the far reaching wisdom of a dearly departed soul.




    I found the title to be most appropriate for this collection of short stories.  The writing itself was fluent and easy to read and at approximately 94 pages, it read fast.   However, if you don't like short stories or are looking for that warm and fuzzy Christmas tale, don't be fooled.  This collection is from other perspectives, way outside the Christmas norm/box.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Loved it

    Cute little stories.

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