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Miracle and Other Christmas Stories

by Connie Willis

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The winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, Connie Willis has thrilled countless readers with her enthralling science fiction novels that entertain as well as enlighten. Now this superb writer captures the timeless essence of generosity and goodwill in a magical collection of Christmas stories that showcase her remarkable talent while taking us on breathless journeys to fascinating realms filled with wonder and joy. This enchanting group of eight tales--two of which are original to this collection--begins with the title story, "Miracle," in which an office worker hopes that her handsome colleague will finally notice her at the company Christmas party. But her carefully devised plans go awry when her guardian angel takes it upon himself to show her the true meaning of love. In the cautionary tale "In Coppelius's Toyshop," the motto What Goes Around Comes Around serves as an eerie reminder to a jaded narcissist who finds himself trapped in a crowded toy store at Christmastime. In the touching "Adaptation," the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come pay a visit to a lonely bookstore clerk, who discovers that the best gift of all is to give--even when his one wish for the holidays doesn't come true. "Inn" presents the inspiring story of a choir singer who gives shelter on a cold winter night to a homeless man and his pregnant wife--only to learn later that there's much more to the couple than meets the eye. And "Epiphany" follows three unwitting, modern-day wisemen on a quest unlike any they've ever experienced. A treasure to cherish anytime of the year, this collection boldly reimagines the stories of Christmas and serves as a testament to Connie Willis's unique genius and skill in bringing the extraordinary to life while conveying the power of human compassion and love.… (more)
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The stories are fun, warm, and just the right mix of sweet and cynical. This definitely helped me get into the Christmas spirit. ( )
  elusiverica | Aug 15, 2020 |
Bought with gift certificate from David Cooke. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
Collection of short stories. There were some that were just ok, but there were a few that I really liked a lot! ( )
  CiaraCat | Jan 9, 2020 |
The only stories in this collection worth reading are "Adaptation" (a modern re-telling of A Christmas Carol) and "Miracle" (the title story, sort of an homage to Miracle on 34th Street). "Cat's Paw" was a fun and charming mystery, but didn't really have much to do with Christmas. Both "Newsletter" and "Epiphany" started out with interesting ideas, but dragged on too long with nothing much happening, and then ended too suddenly as if Willis had gotten tired of writing them. "In Coppelius's Toyshop" and "The Pony" were a little too disturbing.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
A collection of Christmas stories that all fall somewhere in the SF/F genre. The writing here is good, but only a couple of the stories really landed for me. I had the same problem with most of them that I have with most short stories: I get to the end and go, "Okay?" *shrug* The title story was really good, and I loved the introduction and the after material, which included recs for Christmas reading and watching. YMMV. ( )
  lycomayflower | Dec 25, 2017 |
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The winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, Connie Willis has thrilled countless readers with her enthralling science fiction novels that entertain as well as enlighten. Now this superb writer captures the timeless essence of generosity and goodwill in a magical collection of Christmas stories that showcase her remarkable talent while taking us on breathless journeys to fascinating realms filled with wonder and joy. This enchanting group of eight tales--two of which are original to this collection--begins with the title story, "Miracle," in which an office worker hopes that her handsome colleague will finally notice her at the company Christmas party. But her carefully devised plans go awry when her guardian angel takes it upon himself to show her the true meaning of love. In the cautionary tale "In Coppelius's Toyshop," the motto What Goes Around Comes Around serves as an eerie reminder to a jaded narcissist who finds himself trapped in a crowded toy store at Christmastime. In the touching "Adaptation," the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come pay a visit to a lonely bookstore clerk, who discovers that the best gift of all is to give--even when his one wish for the holidays doesn't come true. "Inn" presents the inspiring story of a choir singer who gives shelter on a cold winter night to a homeless man and his pregnant wife--only to learn later that there's much more to the couple than meets the eye. And "Epiphany" follows three unwitting, modern-day wisemen on a quest unlike any they've ever experienced. A treasure to cherish anytime of the year, this collection boldly reimagines the stories of Christmas and serves as a testament to Connie Willis's unique genius and skill in bringing the extraordinary to life while conveying the power of human compassion and love.

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  • Introduction / Connie Willis
  • Miracle / Connie Willis
  • Inn / Connie Willis
  • In Coppelius's Toyshop / Connie Willis
  • The Pony / Connie Willis
  • Adaptation / Connie Willis
  • Cat's Paw / Connie Willis
  • Newsletter / Connie Willis
  • Epiphany / Connie Willis
  • A Final Word / Connie Willis
  • Twelve Terrific Things to Read… / Connie Willis
  • And Twelve to Watch / Connie Willis
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