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Claus (Legend of the Fat Man): A Science Fiction Holiday Adventure (Claus Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
There have been many “origin of Santa Claus” stories that have been told and retold, but I’ve never come across one that went this in-depth and was. so. good! That is basically all I have to say about this book and I’m already ready to buy the rest of the books in the series (6 total); that’s how good it is.
Claus: Legend of the Fat Man merges two worlds together with detailed description, humor, and emotion and ties them together with a familiar tale that is so new and fresh that it can’t even be predictable. The story is told from multiple perspectives from the many characters, but it is never overwhelming in information.
The characters themselves…wow. The Cold One is an incredibly memorable villain and though we don’t necessarily pity him, he is understandable, relatable, incredibly funny, and as odd as it may be, he is semi-likable. Kind of like Marvel’s Loki character. Kind of.
There are epic battles (and I do mean EPIC) and the writing is done so well that I feel as if I had actually been present for each and every one. It’s clean. Can we please say that again? IT’S CLEAN! I can’t tell you how happy it made me to pick up a sci-fi by an author in this big of a market and it wasn’t loaded down with cursing or sex scenes. It was just a great, thrilling story and I absolutely loved the entire day it took me to read it 😉
My one and only minor complaint is that even though the book starts out with the humans in the 1800s, and is very accurate at the beginning, we almost completely forget that detail with how advanced the elven civilization is. Plus, the elven mention that they “copy the humans” in some of their ideas but those ideas happened much much later in our time period (like concerts and firing T-shirts out into the crowd…). It is a minor detail and frankly, I overlooked it for the most part, but it’s worth mentioning. So don’t read it expecting historical accuracy.
Overall, Claus: The Legend of the Fat Man is definitely worth 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait to dig into the rest of the series!
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One thing that really turned me off was this: the opening setting of the book is early 1800s. Yet, the elven use language to the Santas with terms like, "synching up"; the word "video" is mentioned without causing the Santa character to raise an eyebrow and ask the question, "what's video?" Seriously, in 1820 was that a word? SPOILER ALERT: Yes I know the plot centers on the Santas discovering the technogically advanced elven, and the elven had holograms, computers, and genetic engineering. But the family of humans would have been clueless. When the elven told them, "It's science, not magic," people who had not seen a light bulb before just went, "oh, ok." Ten year olds might buy that, but Amazon's description of the book led me to believe it was a little more grown up than that.
This is a totally unique telling of the origins of that famous fat guy in red. I saw roots from many of my favorite Christmas stories woven into this story in a way that would make any one (young or old) believe that this is the true story of Santa Claus. The writing is so spot on that I felt like I was watching a movie because I could easily visualize every detail.
The characters are amazing! Many of your favorite Christmas characters make an appearance, however they are not quite as you remembered, they are better. The villain is believable and you will love to hate him. I think Cane is my favorite character - I really want to know more about him.
I love how Tony was able to take a fairy-tale-like story and give it a touch of sci-fi. The story may take place in the 1800s, but the elven people made me feel like we leapt into the future.
Some touches were a bit cheesy for my tastes, such as all the Christmassy names, but they are perfect for the intended audience. I also felt the big thing toward the end (view spoiler) was a bit predictable, but again perfect for the intended audience.
If your in the Christmas spirit and ready to learn the real story of St. Nick, definitely give this book a try!