It couldn’t be more of an instance of perfect timing. Jaqueline Kyle’s hilariously inventive Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter just so happened to be next in my review queue.
The term ‘mash-up’ is really just a synonym for post-modernism. Borrowing elements from other pieces of art is a concept that’s been around since the concept of art was created. In this book, Kyle broadens Charles Dickens’ classic and adds some unsavoury, entertaining characters that add a whole other dimension of the text.
Taking place years after his partner Marley’s death, Ebenezer finds himself visited by three, very different ghosts who have very specific agendas. It is with these visits that Ebenezer embarks on a journey towards self-redemption and self-exploration, travelling in a world that while full of monsters, is not so unlike today’s modern societal mayhem. In order to become a better person, Ebenezer has to reconcile the events and experiences that have formed his current state, in all of its guts and glory.
A fun, captivating read, Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter is a fun, quick-paced piece that brings the idea of self-development to the forefront of a story that is often mirred in regret.