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The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Jan and Stan Berenstain
The Best Christmas Ever by James Patrick Kelley
The City by Allen J. Scott and Edward W. Soja
Commander Toad and the Voyage Home by Jane Yolen
The Dame in the Kimono by Leonard J. Leff by Jerold L. Simmons
Down to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B. Freese
Dragonite's Christmas by Akihito Toda and Kagemaru Himeno
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The Halloween Play by Felicia Bond
Heavens to Betsy & Other Curious Sayings by Charles Earle Funk
How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Hungry Hill by Carol O'Malley Gaunt
Imaginative Still Life by Moira Huntly
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
The Mariah Delany Lending Library Disaster by Sheila Greenwald
Maxine an the Ghost Dog by Linda Pack Butler
Midnight Sun by Elwood Reid
Monkey See, Monkey Do by Marc Gave and Jacqueline Rogers
Murder in the Place of Anubis by Lynda S. Robinson
Olivia Counts by Ian Falconer
Rusty's Train Ride by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright
Ship Fever by Anrea Barrett
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
The Toontown Players Present Chicken Little by Margaret Snyder
The Voluntary State by Christopher Rowe
The Winter of the Birds by Helen Cresswell
Witch Week by Diana Wynn Jones
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Comments for The Best Christmas Ever

Science Fiction: The Best of 2004The Best Christmas Ever: 02/25/08

Ian received Science Fiction: The Best of 2004 as a Christmas gift last year. I've been slowly reading through it, going through one story on those rare days when I can sneak away to a local coffee shop for some "me time."

The first story in the book is appropriately called "The Best Christmas Ever" and is written by James Patrick Kelley.

Aunty Em is the caretaker of Albert Paul Hopkins, a 56 year old widower. Em wants to give him a Christmas he'll remember and this story chronicles how she brings about the "best Christmas ever."

While following Aunty Em through her chores, Kelley peppers the story with details of a catastrophic disaster mentioned in passing as the "Boston Plague."

I really enjoyed this story. It has the same eerie atmosphere as Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake where things are just too cheery for all the horror that has happened.

If you don't want to buy the book, you can read the story online.

Read the reviews at The Best Science Fiction Stories, The ED SF Project.

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