Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tells the time-honored tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, whose encounters with the ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come lead him to examine his bitter existence. Haunting steampunk illustrations by acclaimed artist Zdenko Basic accompany the original story, transforming this Christmas classic like never before. Images of steam-powered machinery, a chilling industrial London, and ornate mechanical gears come together as Scrooge travels through his life on Christmas Eve night.
Additionally, Charles Dickens’ celebrated short stores, “The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton” and “A Christmas Tree” are included and paired with equally enchanting steampunk illustrations. Those of us who cherish each holiday with Dickens in our hearts—the man who has linked the Christmas spirit with love, forgiveness, and charity—will treasure this rare collector’s edition for this Christmas and many to come.
I’m a big fan of Basic’s previous steampunk-illustrated editions of classic works, but I have to say I’m a little disappointed by A Christmas Carol. The book itself is stunning – a gorgeous hardback with a beautiful jacket and case cover, plus copper-foiled page edges and full-color interior illustrations. And Basic’s work is lovely, as ever. But a lot of the imagery in this book rely heavily on photographs for the characters, and I feel like that took away some of the charm and appeal of a steampunk Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol is one of those stories that can be told in so many different ways, and it’s always fun to see different twists on the classic holiday tale. Whatever your personal taste may be regarding Basic’s illustrations, this steampunk version of the tale is another fun chapter in the ever-expanding collection of Christmas Carol adaptations.