This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour Cafe tour for Scrooge and Marley. I received a copy of the book free in exchange for an honest review.
Book: Scrooge and Marley
Author: Karl Hollenbach
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Books, Authors And Artists, div of internet marketing KY, LLC.
Morality Rating: G
Readability Rating: 3 stars
Buy it: Amazon
A year after Ebenezer Scrooge encountered the ghost of his partner, Jacob Marley, as well as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Scrooge relives the previous Christmas and is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley once more. Mediating for his friend and partner by fulfilling his requests, Scrooge witnesses an altogether different story.
This expansion on Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, recounts how Marley unshackles his soul from previous deeds allowing Scrooge to partake of redemption.
Relive and recapture the essence of Christmas while exploring the wonders of life, living and death.
About The Author
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1925, Karl F. Hollenbach graduated from a local public high school in 1943 as a major in the junior ROTC. Entering the army on Christmas Eve that same year, he served as a sergeant in World War II with the U.S. Engineers. Assigned to the Seventh Army he crossed the Rhine River into Germany, ending up in Austria at the end of the European war.
He attended Biarritz American University, Purdue University, the University of Kentucky and earned a Masters of Education degree and Rank I in education from the University of Louisville. After 20 years in business as a sales representative, manager, and owner-operator of several retail stores, he made a career change to education.
During the next 18 years, he taught in the Louisville, Kentucky public schools and the Hardin County Catholic school system. After the merger of two of the largest Kentucky public school systems, Karl served as a consultant to the Jefferson County school system and was a lecturer/coordinator of student teachers at the University of Louisville, School of Education.
A student of esoteric studies for over 50 years, he is a member of the Rosicrucian Order, Self-Realization Fellowship and the Association for Research and Enlightenment. He has lectured on esoteric subjects in a dozen cities, and his metaphysical articles have been published in Japan
and England as well as the United States.
Author’s page – BAA blog: http://booksauthorsandartists.com/authors/karl-f-hollenbach/
Author’s page – Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Karl-F.-Hollenbach/e/B00B36VS38/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1363387919&sr=1-2-ent
Author’s page – Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=Karl+F.+Hollenbach&search_type=books
Author’s page – Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KarlFHollenbach
YouTube Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-Vjs-SNMUg
This short novella captures the spirit of the original- but with much less spookiness.
Plot: In this story, it is after A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is nice now, and is visited by Marley once more. Together, the ghost and Scrooge work together to better people’s lives. I thought the plot was original and a fun way to expand the existing classic story.
Characters: In this book, you saw the same characters as in the original book. I liked seeing some of the less-featured characters up close and in a more personal way.
Setting: This book takes place in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol universe. I thought Karl did well at keeping to the spirit and setting of the original.
Writing: I liked the writing in this book for the most part. I think the author took some effort to stick to the feel of the original. However, in some places, the writing was at odds with the universe.
I thought this was a fun holiday-themed tale with a heartwarming story. Anyone who likes Christmas-themed books should enjoy this novella.