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Claus: Legend of the Fat Man [Kindle Edition]

Tony Bertauski
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Santa is not just about the presents. See something deeper in this mythological figure. A story that’s meaningful. Find a cast of gritty, compassionate and courageous characters that make the journey to mythological fame despite their shortcomings and frailties. Pull away the veil of magic, reveal the difficulties of love and loss and struggle with life.

Because Santa Claus is much more than presents.

In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean. The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold. They are as wise as they are ancient.

Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions -- time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances. They’ve even unlocked the secrets to aging. For 40,000 years, they have lived in peace.

Until now.

An elven known as The Cold One has divided his people. He’s tired of their seclusion and wants to conquer the world. Only one elven stands between The Cold
One and total chaos. He’s white-bearded and red-coated. The Santa family will help him stop The Cold One. They will come to the aid of a legendary elven
known as… Claus.

Other books by Tony Bertauski (Bertauski.com)
The Annihilation of Foreverland (Thriller/Sci-fi)
The Socket Greeny Saga (YA/Sci-fi)


Product Details

  • File Size: 3083 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F0SVTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't be shy. July 31, 2012
By Jazz
Format:Kindle Edition
Tony Bertauski's novel follows the adventures of the Santa family, Nicholas, Jessica and their son Jon, at the North Pole.

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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous, Adventurous, and Scientific July 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Cover Thoughts-
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.

First Thought-
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).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Fun Read September 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I discovered Tony Bertauski and his books when I stumbled over The Annihilation of Foreverland and read it. That was a very interesting book so I gave a review. Mr Bertauski then asked me if I would care to read Claus: Legend of the Fat Man.

I was quite happy to take him up on that offer :) I'd like to mention I only review books I REALLY like and having enjoyed Foreverland I assumed this would be similar and as enjoyable.

What I wasn't expecting was such a completely different book! It's a whole new twist on Santa Claus, and one that I'd love to see portrayed on the big screen. It could be a regular movie or an animated one.

As I was reading, my mind went to the Grinch almost immediately, with little bits of Oz thrown in just for good effect. It's a wonderful Fantasy read that gives Santa Claus a whole new meaning and brings the North Pole into a completely different focus.

Tony Bertauski's characters were all so charming and engaging that I was sorry when the book ended. I will recommend this to both my writing and reading friends and can't wait for them to finish reading it so we can discuss it!

I promise you, this is one fun read. I couldn't put it down. Don't miss it!

Susan Hawthorne
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Claus: Legend of the Fat Man November 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To start off, I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. I got it for my new Kindle because it sounded interesting. The start did capture my attention with Nicholaus and his family stranded in a snowstorm so close to the North Pole without food or water. That was good. Unfortunetly, I felt that it suffered from a very sagging middle, tacked on ending, and so many font changes that I got a headache. The story is not the typical "How Santa Claus came to be" kind of story, and that part I didn't mind. However, I felt that there were a lot of missed oppertunities in this.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a very different take on Santa Claus with a great spin. It can be a little slow and sometimes it seems like nothing will turn out right and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Puckett
3.0 out of 5 stars Some imagination!
I ordered this because I read Socket Greeney by Tony Bertauski, and really liked that. This was different and kinda weird. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This is a really bizarre twist to the Santa Claus mythos -- elves who are actually an advanced race with tech well advanced of our own. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Waldbauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Santa come home
A little weird, but a great read,. Christmas will never be the same. I will be reading more of his books in the future.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, if you have an open mind
Throw out what you knew about Santa and the North Pole, this book puts an entirely different twist on things. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erik_L
5.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat and Engaging
This dark deconstruction of the legend of Santa Claus had plenty of unexpected plot twists. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
Published 2 months ago by Pam Ekey
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
The book opens and from what chapter 1 does, I expected a Jack London mixed with the Christmas myth type of tale. Unfortunately it quickly drops into a more tweeners kind of book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars what a fun read?
Being a professional Santa Claus impersonator! I found this story to be very interesting! I loved the way the author weaver the mythos, of Santa Claus that we know, into this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story
This is a great imagining of how Santa Claus came to be. I loved it from beginning to end. It's well written and engaging. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Giovannini
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a chilly read.
Here's an original and creative take on the origin of the Santa Claus myth. I liked the characters, some more than others, but thought the best part of the writing was in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deb Robbins
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More About the Author

During the day, I'm a horticulturist. While I've spent much of my career designing landscapes or diagnosing dying plants, I've always been a storyteller. 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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