The Reign of the Anti-Santas | Critical Book Review
In Colin Dodds’ The Reign of the Anti-Santas, the festive season takes a grim turn, exploring the murky underbelly of the Christmas business. Dodds weaves a narrative filled with business intrigue, international crime, and bawdy humor, creating an adults-only take on the holiday season.
An Unsettling Elf’s Tale
Narrated by the elf Elvin, readers are taken on a peculiar journey through the twisted history of Christmas. From the oversized and terrifying original Santa, with an insatiable appetite for indulgence, to Elvin’s unexpected entanglement in the cutthroat world of Christmas company politics, the story unfolds with a dark and inventive charm.
Deranged Successors and Bloody Regimes
As the narrative progresses, Dodds introduces a succession of Santas, each more deranged and violent than the last. From a stoner jock to a scorned movie star and a bloodthirsty dictator named Krissy, the Christmas business descends into chaos. The Naughty and Nice list becomes a tool for control, and the North Pole witnesses a brutal authoritarian regime, coupled with depraved murders during Christmas deliveries.
Corporate Greed and the Fight for Christmas
The plot thickens as Christmas faces economic pressures and corporate politics. Dodds cleverly explores the absurd rebranding attempts and misguided plans of various corporations and private equity firms. With Elvin and the original Santa at the forefront, the story culminates in a desperate struggle to save the Christmas business, the elves, and ultimately, the world.
Raunchy Humor Meets Historical Fiction
While The Reign of the Anti-Santas delivers on raunchy and gory scenes, it also features clever and humorous insights into the inner workings of the Christmas corporation. The novel’s conceit is enjoyable, with strong writing that occasionally takes a serious tone, adding depth to the comedic narrative. Dodds’ vivid descriptions, such as Elvin tracking news from the North Pole, contribute to the overall appeal of the novel.
In conclusion, The Reign of the Anti-Santas is a darkly comedic tale that will resonate with Christmas cynics and readers who appreciate irreverent humor. Dodds skillfully combines elements of historical fiction with a satirical twist, offering a unique perspective on the holiday season.
Publisher, Genre, Print Length, ISBN
|Historical Fiction / Holiday / Humor
In Colin Dodds’ The Reign of the Anti-Santas, the festive season takes a grim turn, exploring the murky underbelly of the Christmas business. Dodds weaves a narrative filled with business intrigue, international crime, and bawdy humor, creating an adults-only take on the holiday season. An Unsettling Elf’s Tale Narrated by the elf Elvin, readers are…