A Christmas Schmuck

Some time back I reviewed a book called The Last Day Of Captain Lincoln. The author, Exo Books, recently sent me another short story to read. This one, Schmuck the Buck, isn't a sci fi tale but a holiday one, all about Santa's Jewish reindeer. It's fully illustrated and a quick, entertaining read. At first glance it appears to be a light, humorous, and modern re-imagining of the tale of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. By the end Schmuck has to save Christmas, and does so in a very Millennial way. But at another level it's also a story of resilience against bullies, being true to your own nature, doing what has to be done, and accepting yourself for who you are. And, at the end, we are reminded that what makes us the same, what can bring us together, is far more important than the differences we might have.

It's worth a look for something different this holiday season, and you can find it at schmuckthebuck.com or on Amazon.