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- Book 1 of 3 in Claus Series (3 Book Series)
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My writing career began with magazine columns, landscape design textbooks, and a gardening column at the Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). However, I've always fancied fiction.
My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?
I'm a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I want to write, not the assigned reading we got in school. I want to create stories that kept you up late.
Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.
In 2008, I won the South Carolina Fiction Open with Four Letter Words, a short story inspired by my grandfather and Alzheimer's Disease. My first step as a novelist began when I developed a story to encourage my young son to read. This story became The Socket Greeny Saga. Socket tapped into my lifetime fascination with consciousness and identity, but this character does it from a young adult's struggle with his place in the world.
After Socket, I thought I was done with fiction. But then the ideas kept coming, and I kept writing. Most of my work investigates the human condition and the meaning of life, but not in ordinary fashion. About half of my work is Young Adult (Socket Greeny, Claus, Foreverland) because it speaks to that age of indecision and the struggle with identity. But I like to venture into adult fiction (Halfskin, Drayton) so I can cuss. Either way, I like to be entertaining.
And I'm a big fan of plot twists.
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And that is as far as your familiarity with the classic Christmas tale will get you.
There's no Nutcracker here (and if there is, you'd better watch out!). This is a twisted version of Santa Claus.
It is 1818, and the Santa family has boarded the Alexander, the ship which, with the Isabella, under the command of Captain John Ross, was tasked with finding the hoped-for North West passage. Captain Ross was ultimately unsuccessful, but for the Santa family, Ross' failure is merely the next step in their own quest for adventure and the unknown.
Above the Arctic Circle, a civil war has been waging for centuries. On one side, Jocah leads a group of elven forced to move from hiding place to hiding place. On the other side, Jack, the Cold One, squats in his palace at the North Pole and plots his takeover of the entire world. When three warmbloods blunder into his territory, it seems Jack's plans can finally come to fruition.
The family is separated. Nicholas, captured by Jack's forces, is kept prisoner in Claus' lab and will be used to bring destruction to all warmbloods on the planet. Jessica and Jon, meanwhile, find succour with Jocah's people, where they learn the true nature of the gentle elven and meet the recipients of their genetic modification: Dasher, Dancer
and the boys, who don't fly, but rather leap prodigiously from place to place, lugging sleigh-fulls of rebel elven behind them.
It's an odd setting, an even odder cast, but there is something rather satisfying about this not-a-Christmas tale, especially when treated with Bertauski's wry humour.Read more ›
Matches the frozen tundra setting of the book perfect. :) I'm not sure what the man is carrying to make those tracks but it looks cool and enticing to read.
I have never ever heard of anything like this. Sci-fi? Santa? This has got to be a must read.
What I liked-
The originality and creativity was endless. It took a classic old tale of Santa Claus and Jack Frost and pushed it aside and made a whole new outlook. I sincerely loved it. My absolute overall favorite scene was what I call the smashing scene. "hey there, fella," he said. "You ready to party?" I just couldn't stop laughing after that. The Cold One (Jack) is convinced everyone loves him and that his day has finally come to destroy the ones that got away. Really he believes he just the coolest kid on the block. I honestly felt bad for him though. Tony describes Jack so well its like I went through everything with Jack. Poor guy was bullied all his life being blue and all. And Claus, his brother, got all the attention. He is smart, good looking (well better than being blue), and pretty much the elven's role model. Now theres a third guy he begins a total different guy from Claus and his last name happens to be Santa. He is a total different guy. There is no Santa Claus in this story. He is stolen from his wife and son and captured by Jack. Jack wants to steal all his memories and send him to the human world to rid it of stupid humans. Claus is the only scientist who can do it and Jack is the one forcing him to do it. This tale is humorous, adventurous, and scientific. The ending will blow you away and possibly make you cry.
What I disliked-
I have no real complaints. This is quite possibly the best scientific festive read ever (and probably the only).Read more ›
What I liked:
The concept - I loved the concept of the book. That's why I bought it. I do enjoy the many different "How Santa Claus came to be" stories that come out every December on the TV. I love seeing how people imagine a story differently.
Nog and Merry and Tinsel - Three of my favorite characters who didn't go through much change in the book. By that, I mean the changes they did go through felt more in line with their characters. Nog, I felt, learned to like Warmbloods while Merry and Tinsel learned to be brave (or braver). I really liked them, and one of the reasons I kept reading was to get to the next part with them in it.
Jack - The bad guy. I just adored him. There were some things that annoyed me, but that's later. The whole idea of Jack was something I really got into.
Jon - Only the first 1/3 of the book did I like him. After that, nope. More below.
What I didn't like:
The sagging middle - Frankly, I felt that where the bulk of the action should take place, there was a whole lot of nothing. Nicholaus is captured by Jack's group, and sleeps or barely leaves his room pretty much the rest of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So, I’m the author of Mist Falcon: Book One Of The Warrior Poet Archives (Volume 1), I read a lot of Fantasy, absolutely love the genre, and know a bit about quality Fantasy books. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ryan J Doughan
This very different take on the origins of Santa Claus, the reindeer, the elves, and even Jack Frost is imaginative and different. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kay Crayton
Like other reviewers, I enjoyed the premise of this book at the start. But there's a lot of sitting around remembering. Which is fine, but that's kind of ALL that happens. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Folina Dubernol
Definitely a different version of how Santa came to be who he is. I liked that someone tried to incorporate different ideas about how he traveled so fast and the inventiveness of... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Darren Campbell
A new slant on the Santa Claus legend. A pseudo-scientific explanation of the elven race and the creation of Santa...embedded in a good plot.Published 25 days ago by Steve S.
Thank you to the author for sending this to me free. I could read this story multiple times and still get something new from it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by nhviewfinder
This well written, well thought out, on religious, non offensive tale which explains how Santa Clause came to be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by wheelie 26
Sci-fi? Fantasy? A bit of both? Whatever you call it this was a fun read.Published 1 month ago by Teri Lynne
I'm not one for reading sci-fi books, but I enjoyed Claus: Legend of the Fat Man. It's probably because it's about Santa Claus and what is Santa without a little bit of sci-fi,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheila L.
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