Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Type: Short Story
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Blurb:Rex Devious (Dr. Devious to meddlesome do-gooders everywhere) can go toe-to-toe with superheroes without blinking an eye. So picking out a Christmas present for his new boyfriend should be no problem. After all, he and Sanjay seem perfect for each other. But with a terrible track record for finding gifts that won’t scare his potential partners away, Rex is paralyzed with insecurity. Until, of course, he decides to change tactics. Instead of having to pick out that perfect present, why not just destroy Christmas altogether? If his nemeses (or his conscience) can’t stop him first, he might just become the supervillain who stole Christmas.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug.”
Review: I expected to like this one more than I did. I think in theory it’s unique and kind of clever. It had it’s moments but ultimately Rex’s motives were selfish because Sanjay liked celebrating Christmas traditions. Yes I know he’s a bad guy. His reasoning for wanting to do away with Christmas is he has ruined relationships in the past because he’s bad at selecting presents for his significant others. This year he doesn’t want to repeat that mistake with Sanjay because it would mean the end of them as a couple in Rex’s mind. He’s not very good at what he does however because everything he does seems to make Christmas a little bit more magical.
It was also a little weird that he was buddies with the superheroes who have to stop him whenever he does his super villain deeds. It could have been an interesting dynamic but given this was a short it just was what it was. I did like the rich Bruce Wayne angle of this story and the computer friend was pretty funny. This story had a very Scrooge vibe to it with a supehero/supervillain twist. It wasn’t bad but it felt like a short that fell flat to me. Too bad I like the premise.