The Christmas Bridge: A Timeless Excitement Fable (Google eBook)
The Christmas Bridge is the most important statement to ever be made on the nature of holidays and adulthood and giant bridges that have Christmas themes and decorations and activities. It's 2020, and These United States of America has undergone a dramatic series of changes in the four years since the election of Bruce Willis as President. The flying car is now the one, true future of airborne leisure and transportation, making the need for airplanes, traditional bridges, and all forms of ground-based travel irrelevant. Bigger than the logistical and metric-based changes of this strange new world are the extreme holiday-based initiatives, which include the outlawing of none other than Christmas Day. When a charismatic life drifter and a one-time actoring icon are tasked by Santa Claus himself to build a 200-mile long haven for those who still want some Christmas to happen, people's souls get healed or whatever. You can tell how timeless the story is because it takes place precisely in 2020.
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This book is totally bizarre but ultimately pays off and has lots of laughs.
I read it on my phone, which is one of the best parts about the style. It moves fast with short chapters. Perfect for that type of reading experience.
Jesi and Nick are my new Christmas icons. lol (To quote the text.)
A world without Christmas is horrifying enough, but a world where Bruce Willis is President? Worth the trade for me. As a fan of Lost (the television show) there are some obvious call-outs that I enjoyed more than most will. The statements bout adulthood are obvious, but of course one look at the cover tells you they are. Having read all of Spaeth's published work now, I can't quite pin him down. He seems to be saying the obvious, but doing it in such blatantly obvious ways, that it then becomes subtle. This man is either a genius or a savant or some combo of the two, which he says in his own first book.
In any case, this too is a FUN read and has several laugh out loud sequences and sentences that hit you out of nowhere.