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Claus (Legend of the Fat Man): A Science Fiction Adventure (Claus Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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While the story is set in the past it never really feels old fashioned. With all the Elven tech it feels very modern and more than a touch Sci-Fi. Really terrific story telling, it took some time to reveal all the details but once you are hooked it is hard to put down.
All of the characters are great, the warm bloods (humans), Elvens, reindeer, abominables, Jack and Claus. Really well rounded cast of characters. The narrative is mixed and makes the round through many of the leads POV, very smooth transitions from one to another. I never had to wonder who was narrating each section. Really helped that it was third person POV.
Nicholas, Jessica and Jon are all very interesting in their own rights. The love between Nicholas and Jessica is very sweet. I loved the flashbacks of their romance, really heartwarming. You could really feel the strength of their bond. It made several moments in the book especially emotional, yup I ugly cried!
The Elven are very interesting, to have such long lives, the things they have seen. The rift is difficult to gauge, you don't know until later where they all truly stand. I adored Tinsel and the romance with young Jon. Merry and Nog have a really sweet relationship as well.
We get a little of those classic reindeer we all know and love, Rudy is a real bada$$! And another special guest of Frosty as one of the powerful Abominables. Really great to see them as they are just as big a part of the culture of the traditional tales.
The most complex group is Jack, Claus and their mother. Claus is hard to get a handle on, he is kind and generous but has faults where his brother is concerned. Jack is one of those love to hate kind of guys. He is a very colorful guy, literally and figuratively! He is by fart the most entertaining part of the book. Jack has been neglected by his loved ones and it leads to his status as THE COLD ONE. He is very misunderstood and while a villain not completely evil.
Much of the book is about these relationships. It is so interesting to see all the dynamics at work. Such wonderful storytelling at play throughout. As everything unfolds you get to see more of Jack and how he came to be who he is and you also see the other characters evolve.
One of the most important things to me are my memories and the thought of losing them is terrifying, This definitely hit home with me and broke my heart a few times. Enter the ugly crying!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by James Robert Killavey, who is wonderful. He has such a great way of making all the characters come to life and giving each a distinct voice. So many voices to keep track of is a challenge he meets head on. I loved his snarky take on Jack. He has a great pace through the read and it adds just the right amount of urgency to action scenes. I loved his energy and thought he was perfectly suited to the story. I will definitely be looking for more of his reads.
Overall, this was a delightful experience. It is not a typical flashy action packed story but the movement is steady. From the very start I was drawn into the book and loved every minute of this imaginative retelling of the classic Santa Claus. Can not wait to jump into the next book that will update us on Jack.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
A different ‘take’ on the Santa tale, for sure. Nicolas and Jessica and their son Jonathan go to the North Pole and are abandoned by their guides. Nicolas ends up captured by Jack, Claus’ brother, while Jessica and Jon land up with the elves continuously fleeing Jack’s influence. Apparently there was a Fracture that split the elves and Jack seeks to annihilate the rebels.
Add in high technology verging on the magical and some of the strangest situations I have ever come across for a Santa tale, and this is a worthy read.
I would love to give this five stars, for imagination, but there were a few times I was a bit lost when scenes jumped too fast. Although I swiftly re-entered the story, I feel it detracts from the flow of the narrative, and therefore I can allocate only four stars.
Despite the occasional hiccup though, I really enjoyed it.
It has a very strong beginning. But the character Jack was annoying. He is presented like an obnoxious teen, which I think the YA crowd would perceive as patronising. Eventually I understood he was socially stunted, but it could have been done much more subtly. The shouting text.. I have no words. It felt like 2 different authors were writing for the different characters. At least 2 generations apart in age. Doesn't the author know the difference between there, their and they're? Why didn't the editor catch the misspellings?
The elven were fascinating. A lot of new age concepts in with their science. I love their belief in balance, and even Jack had it right, humans are screwing up the world. Jocah was wise and fallible. Like a true master.
I like the occasional references to The Night Before Christmas.
It felt like the ending was rushed. Although the blanks were easy to fill in, due to legend, and I am usually fine with using my imagination, there was a whole year where the reader would want to know how we got from point B to point E.
In all, a good storyline. Again, thought provoking. It's more than magic dust, it's science.
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