Oct 152013


A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge by Robert J. Elisberg

A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge is a continuation of the beloved Christmas tale, that quickly goes flying off in its own comic direction. It begins five years after dear old Ebenezer Scrooge has passed away and left his thriving firm to his former clerk, Bob Cratchit. However, Bob’s overly-generous benevolence with lending and charity-giving has driven the company into the ground, on the verge of bankruptcy. And so the ghost of Scrooge returns one Christmas Eve to teach Cratchit the true meaning of money. Making the swirling journey through Christmases past, present, and yet-to-be all the more of a chaotic ride for Cratchit are the dozens of characters from other Dickens novels woven throughout the story, together for the first time. God bless them, most everyone.

Revised by Robert J. Elisberg
Original Long-Lost Manuscript by Charles Dickens

What a fun book! It doesn’t matter if you know nothing about the original A Christmas Carol (could there be someone that doesn’t?) this book will thoroughly entertain you. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself laughing out loud.

Many of the characters are from Dickens previous books, and the author adds notes to refresh our memories, or give us a background in case we aren’t familiar with them.

This is a book for anyone, no matter what age, and would make a great Christmas present.


Robert-J.-ElisbergRobert J. Elisberg has been a commentator and contributor to such publications as the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Magazine, C/NET and E! Online, and he served on the editorial board for the Writers Guild of America. He has contributed political writing to the anthology, Clued in on Politics, 3rd edition (CQ Press).

Among his other writing, Elisberg wrote the comic novella, A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge,” which reached #2 on Amazon’s Hot List for Humor/Parody. His most recent novel is the swashbuckling adventure, The Wild Roses. He co-wrote a book on world travel. Currently, he writes a tech column for the Writers Guild of America, west. He also co-wrote the song, “Just One of the Girls” for the Showtime movie Wharf Rat, and wrote the book for the stage musical Rapunzel!.

Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and received his MFA from UCLA, where he was twice awarded the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. Not long afterwards, Elisberg sold his screenplay, Harry Warren of the Mounties. He was on staff of the international animated series, Flute Master, and co-wrote three of the Skateboy films based on it. He also co-wrote the independent film, Yard Sale. Most recently, he wrote an adventure screenplay for Callahan Filmworks.

You can visit Robert J. Elisberg’s website at www.elisbergindustries.com.


  7 Responses to “Book Review: A Christmas Carol 2 ~ The Return Of Scrooge by Robert J. Elisberg”

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read “A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge,” and for the kind words. It’s much appreciated. Yes, as you mention, the footnotes are to be a guideline for people who may not know Dickens’ work — but also, as you saw, they also tell a hopefully-humorous sub-plot of the battle that Dickens “supposedly” had with his publisher. Thanks ago.

  2. Sounds like a perfect read, for my Christmas read a thon

  3. This sounds like the perfect Christmas read! It sounds very entertaining! I will put it on my holiday reading list!

  4. Hi Vicki,

    Your great, light-hearted review, really seemed to conjure up the essence of this story, although sadly it won’t be a book for me.

    We are back to this same old argument I have time and again, but which I am never likely to win, about authors who mess with the classic books. Given the amount of examples out there and the many more which seem to be added daily, I am very much in the minority, so I shall leave it there.

    The author does appear to making a more serious point about the relationship between Dickens and his publisher, however I guess we shall just never know about that.

    I am genuinely glad that you enjoyed the book.


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