Scrudge Barley Inc A classic tale takes off in sexy new directions Poor Mr Dickens must be twirling in his grave When E B Scrudge putz extraordinaire and all around numbnuts is visited by his dead ex on Christmas Eve

  • Title: Scrudge & Barley, Inc.
  • Author: John Inman
  • ISBN: 9781634765145
  • Page: 184
  • Format: ebook
  • A classic tale takes off in sexy new directions Poor Mr Dickens must be twirling in his grave.When E.B Scrudge, putz extraordinaire and all around numbnuts, is visited by his dead ex on Christmas Eve, he can t imagine how his life could sink any lower But the three ghostly spirits that come along after are even worse Good lord, a dyke, a drag queen, and rounding out tA classic tale takes off in sexy new directions Poor Mr Dickens must be twirling in his grave.When E.B Scrudge, putz extraordinaire and all around numbnuts, is visited by his dead ex on Christmas Eve, he can t imagine how his life could sink any lower But the three ghostly spirits that come along after are even worse Good lord, a dyke, a drag queen, and rounding out the trio, a big, hunky bear with nipple rings and a butt plug What s next What s next is a good deal of soul searching and some hard lessons learned with a dash of redemption thrown in for good measure.And love too, believe it or not Love that had been simmering all along at the heart of Scrudge s miserable existence, although he was too selfish to see it until a trio of holiday beasties pointed his sorry ass in the right direction.

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    1. Full review can be found at -We've seen various versions of the old Dickins classic, but I can assure you that you've not read anything quite like John Inman's retelling. ;) Like the classic, there’s the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. From a lesbian named Bill, to a mean drag queen, to a hunky muscle guy who has entirely too much fun with a butt plug, E.B. Scrudge (Ebbie) is taken on a ride and forced to face some realities. The question is this… does it help? And will the rea [...]

    2. I can't imagine it is easy to make a romance out of this story. Scrooge is normally a non-redeemable character. Even in the redemption phase I don't think anyone can see him in love. In this case we'll call him Scrudge. He is equally non-redeemable. But, he made me cry, and I wanted his redemption and truly I felt his wrongs as much as I felt his ambition that caused them. More than any of that, I wanted him to love and be loved.Of course, I am a HUGE John Inman fan. This did not sway me from th [...]

    3. Dickens’s A Christmas Carol must be one of those stories that has now been redone, rehashed and revamped a hundred times in all possible versions from the literary, to film, to stage plays and musicals. So I always think it is actually a very brave person who actually takes on a retelling of the classic Christmas tale of all time.After reading the blurb for this book from John Inman I was actually intrigued as to what this author was going to make out of this story. First the three ghosts! I w [...]

    4. John Inman is a very favorite author of mine and the thought of reading his version of the classic Charles Dickens tale 'A Christmas Story' had me beaming with joy. I could only begin to imagine what the author was going to bring to the table for this one so I was turning pages like a whirlwind. I can guarantee that 'Scrudge & Barley' is well worth reading and rereading during the holiday season."Absolute and total subservience, that’s what he required. Not to mention a goodly dose of ador [...]

    5. 4 StarsFull Review:*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review.*Don't let this book fool you---from the cover and blurb, it seems like it's just going to be silly and sexy and campy, but, while it may in fact have Dickens twirling in his grave, it's actually very touching and meaningful.This book was far more emotional than it was funny. I only laughed maybe twice, but, while I can't say I cried either, I really felt for all these characters. I f [...]

    6. E.B Scrudge is not a nice man at all Between the way he treats his employees or the way he treats people in general. He must go through a ghost from his past and 3 ghost who visit him through the night to realize the way he has been acting towards people is just wrong! I really like this authors twist on this Christmas story and the way he writes these characters! I really do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with this was a cute twist on a classic Christmas story be [...]

    7. This book was a lot of fun! Everybody knows the story of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and this was a very clever retelling of that story. This was a wonderful book to get you into the holiday spirit.

    8. 4.5 stars. Super adorable and funny re-imagining of A Christmas Carol, with a cold and heartless Mr. Scrudge (Scrooge), aptly described in the blurb as a putz extraordinaire, a callous man, who uses people, disdains everything and everyone, fucks his assistant for his own pleasure, and cares nothing for anyone but himself. When we first meet him, it's Christmas Eve, and E.B. is in his office, finalizing the pink slips for the employees who'll be let go after Christmas, and rubbing his hands at h [...]

    9. Ah, the sweet taste of redemption. Redemption it was for this wonderful read by John Inman, as I had previously read two of his novels from the Belladonna Arms series. Though those were funny, heartfelt and sweet, they both left me somewhat bereft, as I always seemed to be lacking a connection with the MCs. This book, however, was definitely not the case.First and foremost, what a brilliant and quirky twist and update to one of my favorite Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol. The ghosts of Chri [...]

    10. Ok – so you all know the classic Dicken’s story with the ghosts from Christmas past and we all know who Scrooge is – right? Well, this is a modern, gay version. It follows the original story very closely with a slight twist in that Marley/Barley and Scrooge/Scrudge were lovers and now Scrudge has a new lover Willie.The ghosts from Christmas past, present and future are hysterical! A lesbian, a leather daddy and a drag queen. John Inman uses more stilted “old timey” language mixed in wi [...]

    11. I absolutely love this modernized version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Scrudge is the Scrooge in this story and may I just say I love the play on character names that John Inman uses in this. A Christmas Carol is a tradition in my house, just like everyone elses. Now this is ABSOLUTELY a more adult themed version but the moral of the story is the same. The three ghosts, the character, the point.It really is a brilliant way to bring a classic to this genre. John Inman is such a talent [...]

    12. A fresh take on A Christmas Carol. I think this may be the first time I've really felt sorry for Scrooge (or Scrudge as the case may be). I really liked the snarky humor which may have been the reason I became invested in the character of Scrudge. If you like remakes of classic stories, folk lore and fairy tales I highly recommend trying this book. I don't give five stars very often.

    13. This review was originally written for Joyfully Jay Reviews and can be accessed here: joyfullyjay/2016/01/review4.75 stars!Okay. Wow. So, I KNOW I’m a total sap, but this book exploited my weepy sentimentality more than once. This was a Christmas read that was almost as overlooked as poor Willie’s meager present on Scrudge’s desk, and I’m so thankful that the author allowed me to get my romance-loving hands all over this modern M/M “Christmas Carol.”E.B. Scrudge is a mean one. He’s [...]

    14. Scrudge & Barley, Inc. is a modern retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol…with a gay twist. Scrudge, also known as Ebbie, is the man in charge of the insurance company, Scrudge & Barley, Inc And he is just as miserly and cruel as you could imagine. But for some reason that doesn’t stop Willie from falling for his boss…just maybe makes him regret it with painful frequency. But this Christmas something new is stirring in the air, and Scrudge might just get his chance to undo a fut [...]

    15. I loved this book. I pretty much knew that John Inman would be able to give it a fresh perspective, and yet, I could also really feel the bones of Charles Dickens rattling about through the book as well.Though I hated Scrudge from the start, it didn't take long to see that he still had a heart beating in his chest. I didn't understand how poor Willie could love him so, but perhaps Willie just has such a pure heart that he could feel the good in Scrudge when they were together. I was at times amu [...]

    16. A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 starsOkay. Wow. So, I KNOW I’m a total sap, but this book exploited my weepy sentimentality more than once. This was a Christmas read that was almost as overlooked as poor Willie’s meager present on Scrudge’s desk, and I’m so thankful that the author allowed me to get my romance-loving hands all over this modern M/M “Christmas Carol.”In truth, I was expecting a bit of a cartoon. The ghosts are lampoons of some of the seediest gay tropes, from a bull dyke t [...]

    17. I wanted to read this one at christmas but I had a busy christmas I decided to read it nowd I absolutely loved it.Knowing the story of A Christmas Carol I knew that Ebbie would come good but it was amazing reading how he got thereOh boye spirits that visited him were hilariousThe lesbian was coolBillShe really was great to reade last one the Drag queen so cold and dark and so sad.but my fav had to be the second one.The big guy with the(not telling you whatbut wait till you read what he's wearing [...]

    18. As always, a Jonh Inman read is a joy.And this Joy is “Scrudge and Barney Inc.”As a new frech sexy and gay take on Dickens “ A Christmas Carol) – ( A favorite book of mine) – I have to admid, that I love this story so much.;) E.B. Scrudge, our Scrooge, is a coldhearted guy that does not know how to show love.Willie is our (and maybe Scrudges) salvation – Willie is that sweet and gentle soul, that love Ebbie, for whatever it takes.3 ghosts appears before Ebbie and his journey with the [...]

    19. There are so many moments in this book when I literally laughed aloud. Strange looks be damned, it is funny! And then there’s the scene with Scrudge’s family that had me all teary eyed and angry. This book is positively fabulous! A must read for Christmas! FULL REVIEW: thetbrpile.weebly/reviews/

    20. I LOVED this book, I laughed, I cried, I wanted to shake Ebbie, all the way through it. John Inman you did a great job with rewriting this classic tale. I really didnt old out any hope for this Scrooge to change, but in the end it was a fabulous change. The spin on the three ghosts was great!!! Both funny and frightening, and very entertaining. I really enjoyed this fun read.

    21. This is a great modern retelling of a familiar Christmas favorite. Ebbie learns the hard way to let love and compassion into his life.

    22. 2.75 stars -- it wasn't badly written, but it just wasn't original, either. Not my cuppaIt's not really a new take on A Christmas Carol, just one with updated ghosts and a lot of sex at the beginning.

    23. Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviewsin exchange for an impartial review. It’s seems very fitting that I read this tale on Christmas Day. It’s a modern day fairytale based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. E.B. Scrudge is a miserly, nasty boss who puts the che in cheap. It’s Christmas Eve, and he’s about to lay off twelve employees, as he traditionally does every year. It doesn’t matter if they have been good or bad, he finds twelve l [...]

    24. Yes, it’s the classic tale we’ve heard and seen over and over again. And yes, Mr. Inman put his magical touch to it and made it charming, witty, sweet, maddening and sexy. And yes I even felt a little (just a little) sorry for that a-hole in the beginning. But by the end of the book I was cheering for both of them. And the HEA I knew they deserved.We’ve got Ebbie, the mean boss. Who inherited the company from an equally mean man who happened to be his lover although using the word ‘love [...]

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