5 out of 5 stars
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It has always been about us, about our wishes for a lot of Christmas gifts from relatives, friends, and Santa. But has anyone ever wondered what Santa wishes for Christmas? In this amazing sci-fi and fantasy mix, James C Reinhold addresses this question and more through the encounter and interaction of four children with Santa and his household. Please treat yourself to a copy of Santa's Christmas Wish.
Well, this novel captured my attention from the first sentence, and I can attribute this to the plot cohesion. This novel is the sequel to Christmas as Before, and the author did amazingly well in giving it fluid continuity. The result is that readers can as well read this novel as a standalone without any confusion.
I was impressed by Reinhold's exceptional narrative prowess. His words are active and vivid and can give readers "sights" into the realms being talked about. An example can be seen in "It was so surreal, but they turned quickly as Mr. Reiller, Santa Claus, approached them with the jolliest of laughter; his belly did shake like a bowl full of jelly!" (page 2)
I was entertained following the four children, Alex, John, Faye, and Troy, as they attempted to adapt to the occurrences and personalities in Santa's Workshop and make sense of all the past Christmas shows, cards, and books in the physical world. After all, there are only a few who are privileged to have a direct encounter with such sights and encounters!
Amid the thrills and wonders of Santa's Workshop, the author did a great job weaving critical societal issues into this story. So, the narration shifts to Santa's plans to sanitise human communication platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, among others, through far healthier, safer, and more profitable platforms called Fireplace and Firepit.
It was great reading about the "Fireplace" and "Firepit" projects and the joint efforts Santa, Cookie, Chip, Java, Zip, Troy, John, Faye, Alex, and others put into actualizing them. The journey was rough. The mission is noble. I was amazed to read about how the algorithms of "Fireplace" and "Firepit" were built to filter "rotten logs" from the system. Reinhold connected the dots well in this story. Characters were smoothly introduced and engaged, as seen in the disguised Santa's first encounter with Tommy and the subsequent assignment that followed.
I had a great time with this book. I didn't dislike anything in it. It is thoroughly edited. I didn't find any grammatical errors in it. Hence, I am delighted to rate this book five out of five stars based on the aforesaid positive aspects. I don't have any reason to deduct any stars from the rating. This book will appeal to lovers of well-written and didactic science fiction and fantasy books. It will make good instruction material for children's lessons. Lovers of Christmas tales will also enjoy this book.
Santa's Christmas Wish
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