Fiction - Literary

The Reign of the Anti-Santas

Category:Fiction - Literary

Author:Colin Dodds

  • Publisher: Dodds Amalgamated, LLC
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 285
  • ISBN-13: 979-8-218-27900-4
  • ASIN: B0CJ41L144

The Reign of the Anti-Santas by Colin Dodds is a unique and audacious Christmas tale that takes readers on a rollercoaster ride through a world where the holiday spirit collides head-on with corporate greed, scandal, and societal change. The story is narrated by Elvin, an elf with a front-row seat to the evolution and devolution of Christmas. Elvin's journey begins when he unwittingly accompanies Santa Claus on a Christmas Eve trip, setting the stage for a decades-long adventure filled with intrigue and danger. Dodds creates a narrative that includes Santa's secret affairs, the PR scandal that catapults Rudolph to fame, and the encroachment of humanity on the North Pole.

What makes this book truly captivating is its imaginative world-building. Dodds constructs a fully realized universe of elves with a rich history and culture. Readers are treated to an exploration of the elves' interactions with humans and their transformation into pine trees at the end of their lives. This unearthly aspect of the story adds depth and fascination to the narrative. The narrator is a whistleblower and the narrative voice is infused with wit, satire, and sarcasm. It explores a range of themes, from the commercialization of Christmas to the meaning of presence and gratitude. Dodds invites readers to reflect on these deeper issues while enjoying the satirical and often irreverent tone of the story.

While The Reign of the Anti-Santas may not be for everyone, it rewards readers who are willing to dive into its unconventional narrative. The story's initial dissonance gradually gives way to moments that are filled with streams of consciousness that add weight to the serious themes in the novel. Colin Dodds has crafted a tale that challenges our preconceptions of Christmas and invites us to ponder the true essence of the holiday. Amidst its irreverent humor and sharp wit, this novel delivers a powerful message about life, human nature, and the enduring spirit of Christmas. It's a book that will resonate with those seeking a holiday story that goes beyond the traditional tropes and explores the complexities of the modern world.

Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott

Reviewed Date: November 26, 2023

Category: Fiction - Literary