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Hark---A Christmas Collection A beautifully written collection of short stories from critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest writer Justin Bog, Hark explores the range of emotions surrounding the holidays From melancholy to madness, loss and despair to hope and forgiveness, these six tales shimmer with feelings, some we d rather stuff away, that Christmas can evokeWithin Hark A Christmas Collection, a retired police officer faces another Christmas Eve while bitter recollections haunt his every turn, a lonely woman plans to seduce Santa Claus one Christmas Eve, a widow grows anxious as she searches for a present she misplaced and intended to send to her ungrateful sister, a woman can t keep the images of her past these ghosts from haunting the life she chooses to live, a young gentleman and his partner join a Christmas party in Sun Valley, Idaho and are taught a lesson most un holidaylike, and, finally, a couple portrays Mr Mrs Claus in their small island town holiday festivities and face a grim diagnosis togetherSet in colorful locations around the United States, from Anacortes, Washington, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Sun Valley, Idaho, each tale focuses on people who struggle to make good choices, learn lessons, and maybe even find peace during the holiday season A bonus story, Poseidon Eyes, from the upcoming Sandcastle and Other Stories The Complete Edition, is included There was something quite lovely about reading a collection of Christmas stories wholly unique to Christmas stories they weren t sickly sweet Don t get me wrong, I love the romantic, Scrooge redeeming, Wonderful Life, toy making stories that are so common this time of year But that s not all that Christmas is about and I think these stories keep in mind the vast number of people for whom Christmas is a complicated time.There is a warmth in Justin Bog s writing but, to me, it doesn t come from There was something quite lovely about reading a collection of Christmas stories wholly unique to Christmas stories they weren t sickly sweet Don t get me wrong, I love the romantic, Scrooge redeeming, Wonderful Life, toy making stories that are so common this time of year But that s not all that Christmas is about and I think these stories keep in mind the vast number of people for whom Christmas is a complicated time.There is a warmth in Justin Bog s writing but, to me, it doesn t come from a light, humourous tale butfrom a desire to portray complicated relationships and feelings that are important to so many people at Christmas time Each story is different, unique Some are humourous, some are darker All of them are a very lovely addition to my Christmas reading Creating these six holiday tales, some written during the months far away from the actual Christmas season, was a pleasure I hope you enjoy the characters their journey through this sleigh bell world , and the stories they tell as much as I did. Having read Justin Bog s previous books, I kind of knew not to expect anything from the book while picking it up The author always takes a new road and forges his own path with his unique style of storytelling.There are six stories in the collection In Hark a police officer looks back on how one event changed his life forever The next story, Seducing Santa , tells us about a woman daydreaming about her very own Santa Bracelet is about a misplaced gift and the relationship between two si Having read Justin Bog s previous books, I kind of knew not to expect anything from the book while picking it up The author always takes a new road and forges his own path with his unique style of storytelling.There are six stories in the collection In Hark a police officer looks back on how one event changed his life forever The next story, Seducing Santa , tells us about a woman daydreaming about her very own Santa Bracelet is about a misplaced gift and the relationship between two sisters Everyone wants me to is about a girl who is all but invisible too her parents, about her life and that of her family Snow Globe touches upon the subject of homosexuality and the society The Heralds is about an aging couple and their much anticipated stint as Mr Mrs Claus The above one liners do not give out much about the stories and neither do they capture the true essence of the stories Yet I chose to give one liners as I really want other readers to pick up the book and experience it for themselves without having any prior expectations from it Each story in the book brings forward a different aspect of life and emotion People usually relate joy, happiness and hope with the Christmas season But it is also the time when other emotions bubble up to the surface for many people loss, loneliness, despair, pain, regret, anger, forgiveness It is these emotions that the author has explored through his short stories Some of the stories are light hearted and some even humourous but all of them have a darker tinge to them if you look closely enough If you are looking for Christmas joy and miracle stories, this collection is probably not for you.Justin Bog has proved over and over again that he is a master storyteller He artfully takes simple situations and portrays the depth of emotions that a person can feel This is the third book that I have read by this author, and he still manages to surprise me and keep me guessing Polished language and smooth flow in his narration are his prime assets.Like with every other book of his that I have read this book too is not for everyone A lot of people might feel disappointed if they pick this one up expecting sweetness and cheer dripping from it I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read something different from time to time and has no issues with exploring every aspect of the season and not just the sunshine I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of Hark A Christmas Collection I absolutely loved it So often, the holidays make us feel if we re not completely happy all the time, then something is wrong with us Justin s characters seem like real people, with real issues, ranging from losing a loved one to dealing with a debilitating injury, to a slow descent into insanity But the overriding theme among all the stories, really, becomes hope, compassion for others, compassion for self, and mayb I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of Hark A Christmas Collection I absolutely loved it So often, the holidays make us feel if we re not completely happy all the time, then something is wrong with us Justin s characters seem like real people, with real issues, ranging from losing a loved one to dealing with a debilitating injury, to a slow descent into insanity But the overriding theme among all the stories, really, becomes hope, compassion for others, compassion for self, and maybe even redemption I think this would be a great gift for the readers in my life, and now that I ve read this, I m anxious to read some of his other short stories and novels His stories don t sugar coat life and all the travails it can deliver, but he has this amazing ability to find the silver lining, even when everything feels sad

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