Title: Jimmy Krinklepot and the White Rebels of Hayberry
Author: Quincy J. Allen
In: A Fantastic Holiday Season (Kevin J. Anderson & Keith J. Olexa)
Rating Out of 5: 3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Christmas, Easy reading
Format: Short story
Publisher: World Fire Press
5th sentence, 74th page: The handle plugged into a brass housing adorned by thick coils of wire on each side.
Jimmy Krinklepot is a young man with some big ideas. Ideas that tend to get him in trouble with the law… but, they could also save his town and his future too.
It took me a little while to get into this story – actually, I basically skim read the entire tale. Not because it was bad, but it just wasn’t my style. And it didn’t feel as Christmasy as I was expecting. Yes, it is based around Christmas, and has some of the hallmarks of a Christmas-time story, but it wasn’t filled with the intensity of the spirit like many of the other stories in this collection.
I really enjoyed the fact that the lead in this short story was a young boy – one that is an inventor and immensely smart. I especially love the constant comments about the ways in which he uses his “grey matter” whenever a problem comes up. It’s a reminder that being intelligent isn’t always a bad thing, and, ultimately, it’s what saves the day.
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