So, I have to confess, I'm not much of one for holiday books. I certainly would struggle to pick a favorite.
Of course, I do have a deep fondness for A Christmas Carol. It's a fantastic story, that's at the same time deceptively simple in structure, yet rich and complex in execution. And I kind of love that it went from concept to in-stores in six weeks as a "damn I need some fast money" ploy. Which: mad respect.
On a simpler level, I love A Visit from St. Nicholas. It's such a pure and delightful story of Christmas joy, and there was a time when I could recite it for memory. Now I might stop and stumble a bit if I tried. But as a story, as a piece of poetry, it's a deep favorite for me.
I think both, for me, represent something fundamental and pure about my feelings of the season. Like: hey, here's a little bit of the magic of Christmas, and maybe, just maybe, experiencing it will make you a slightly better person.
That's how I like to think of it, at least.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy and Science Fiction Novelist, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels:
The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages , The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue , The Holver Alley Crew, The Imposters of Aventil , Lady Henterman's Wardrobe , The Way of the Shield (October 2018) and A Parliament of Bodies (March 2019).
His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Visit his website at mrmaresca.com