This book of short stories by Hugo Award winning author Connie Willis is sure to get you in the spirit of the season. She puts a fantastical spin on many cherished holiday traditions, from android Rockettes to high-tech decorations. Willis also pays homage to the classics, pondering what the ghosts from Dickens's A Christmas Carol do in a modern December, and presenting a Christmas mystery that takes cues from both Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe. A couple of tales touch on the biblical story, including a trio of contemporary magi cruising the interstate, and a nativity lost in time. Willis' love of holiday movies is also on full display (are you team It's a Wonderful Life or team Miracle on 34th Street?). She even includes her personal advent calendar of movie suggestions.
The stories in A Lot Like Christmas are light fare with just a dash of science fiction and a healthy dose of humor; perfect for listening to while putting up decorations or baking cookies.
--Brandy, Cataloging Librarian