In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash


In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, Jean Shepherd, 1966

My favorite quote: “Heat, in Indiana, is something else again. It descends like a 300-pound fat lady onto a picnic bench in the middle of July. It can literally be sliced into chunks and stored away in the basement to use in winter; on cold days you just bring it out and turn it on.”

Notable characters: Ralphie Parker, Flick, his friend from childhood; 

Most memorable scene: For me, it’s a part about a drunk neighbor who nearly blows up someone’s house on the 4th of July. That part wasn’t in the movie

Greatest strengths: The humor — it’s as good in the book is as it is in the movie

Standout achievements: Since most folks are more familiar with the movie (A Christmas Story, 1983) it seems fair to warn them that there are some significant deviations from the book. For example, the book bears the unfortunate absence of the “triple dog dare” scene. But that doesn’t mean the book isn’t good. In fact, I think its “standout achievement” is that it manages to make a great book AND a great movie (albeit, in slightly different ways) 

Fun Facts: This book surprises most folks because it’s actually a short story collection — not all of which are about Ralphie Parker’s childhood 

Other media: The 1983 classic, A Christmas Story, starring Peter Billingsley

What it taught me: Like the movie, this book gives the audience a vivid — and very entertaining — glimpse into Depression-era American life 

How it inspired me: It made me laugh. A lot. And that’s the greatest inspiration there is

Additional thoughts: I knew this book was a separate entity from the movie and I think that’s part of why I liked it as much as I did. So, if you plan to read this, my advice is to go in knowing that it’s not a mirror image of the movie  

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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