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Claus: Legend of the Fat Man (A Science Fiction Adventure)
     

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man (A Science Fiction Adventure)

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by Tony Bertauski
 

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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

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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.


INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR

Where did you come up with the idea of writing science fiction for holiday characters?
My nephew mentioned the "secret Santa ninja elves" that visit his school during Christmas, and this spawned the idea of writing a semi-serious sci-fi version of Santa. How the ideas flesh out is a long process. I started keep track of how the story arc of my latest novel evolves, just to remember where it began. It's all over the place. I love the challenge of bringing a story to light, letting the characters get in my head and telling me where to go. Flury: Journey of a Snowman is the third book in the Claus series. It was originally Frosty the Snowman, but Frosty is copyrighted. It didn't matter, really. The character was better suited to be something other than Frosty. Flury is a bit more serious.
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Are you getting any backlash for rewriting these Christmas legends?
Not at all. In fact, a lot of readers have connected to all the unanswered questions surround them, especially Santa Claus. How does he go around the world in a night? Why is he fat? Why does he live on the North Pole? How do reindeer fly? How does he carry all those presents? All of them answered with the magic wand of science fiction... I mean, the science wand of science fiction. The stories still have the fantasy element, of course. Some leaps of imagination. And also the romance angle. Why? Because all stories have love.
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What is your favorite character from the books that you have written?
Socket Greeny is one of my favorites. That science fiction trilogy was my first story. I wrote it in first person and really connected with him. However, Jack Frost is in Claus (Legend of the Fat Man) and Jack (The Tale of Frost) and has become my all-time fave. He's childish, irreverent and dangerous, but at the same time lovable.
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What order should readers purchase the Claus books?
Claus: Legend of the Fat Man is the best start. After that, any order works. They all can be read as standalone novels.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Susan Hawthorne
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
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!

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016643847
Publisher:
DeadPixel Publications
Publication date:
05/16/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
327
Sales rank:
760,825
File size:
347 KB

Meet the Author

Father. Husband. Teacher. Writer. Not necessarily in that order.

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Claus: Legend of the Fat Man 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Fascinating, thought-provoking, and definitely fun! Think you know all about Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, or the elves? Well, think again. Tony Bartauski creates a whole new myth for the modern age out of elements of the old. All the usual suspects are there—Santa, Jack Frost, the reindeer and more. But the story’s filled with a satisfying sense of intrigue, gentle touches of history and science, wry humor, and a message for the ages, pleasingly tooled for the adults and children of today. “Magic is what you call something you don’t understand. This is science, dear,” says the wise old elf. A red-nosed reindeer leaps into the sky, an icily angry Cold One tries to seize control of the world, and mankind’s folly is nicely balanced by the courage and compassion of one small family and the short fat strangers they meet. I could image the cartoon or movie version of this as I read, rich in period details and enlivened by musically magical engineering. Each new creature delights. Each revelation invites new questions and thoughts of responsibility. If you believe the world of man is worth saving, if you believe there’s hope for the future, or if you just want to learn how Santa gets all around the world in one night, this is the book for you… with just the right amount of ethical mystery, scientific intrigue and magical myth; perfect to share this Christmas. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author and I’m offering my honest review
KenK More than 1 year ago
Great book. I loved the way the story evolved and led up to our story of Santa Clause.
Kwee More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Tony for giving me the opportunity to read and review Claus: Legend of the Fat Man. I really enjoyed his take on the becoming of Santa Claus. I do have some pro's and con's of the book. The pro's are that the way everything was described from the elven living quarters to the way Nicholas, Jessica, and Jon transformed to survive in the north pole was very creative and well thought out. I really felt connected to the character's and their issue's. I rooted for the good guy's to win and really hoped Jack got what he deserved. The con's of the book are that it could of been slightly faster paced, It wasnt too slow to the point that I lost interest but I did feel that it dragged in a couple of spots. All in all I think it was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone that want's a good christmas story unlike any that I have read before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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BabaTaro More than 1 year ago
This might be okay for a five year old.
P6 More than 1 year ago
didn't make any kind of sense to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Jms
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What could have been a charming story ends up being foolish and full of anachronisms. The authors insistence on using extremely large fonts when ever any of his characters is shouting is both a waste of space and extremely annoying. Supposedly, this novel takes place in the early 19th Century but the character, Jack, speaks in modern slang and references modern events. Really, would the Elven be clapping out the Queen refrain from We Are the Champions? I seriously doubt that! As fantasy ideas go, this is original but in execution is so lacking that I cannot recommend it to anyone.
JohnB14 More than 1 year ago
Yery fun, and enjoyable to read. My wife is not a big SciFi reader. May have to purchase the paperback version. Elegant way of creating Santa Claus , thank for this work. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book sounded interesting and I was looking for a Christmas Story with a twist but I wish I hadn't wasted my time. I always try to give books at least 100 pages to get interesting but this one is sheer torture. Poorly written. I couldn't wait for it to end. I won't be buying anymore of Tony Bertauski books.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
A new take on our beloved jolly fat man, Santa Claus, the legends that have made him what he is in our eyes and the elven, which do not remind you of what you grew up believing in.  The magic we have grown up to, debunked with great explanations that are creative and thought provoking.  The relationship between Claus and Jack has a whole new meaning and the author does the explanations justice.  I do wonder if the evil Cold One’s, aka his Excellence, aka Janack aka Jack’s, personality was shaped a bit by the movie, The Santa Clause 3:  The Escape Clause.   This book centers on the finding of a “Warm Blood” that Jack has wanted to get his hands on for years.  This story takes place during the Fracture, where elven have been separated in to two different factions and are against one another.  This has been caused by the personal agenda of The Cold One.   The author blew me away with his descriptive writing style.  I felt the cold, blinded by the storms, was giddy with the formal introductions of the reindeer, awe struck by the technology of the elven , broken hearted over what had happened medically to Jack and understanding of how Claus wanted and needed to believe that his brother was so much more than what he thought of himself.  The author tickles the reader’s interests in the beginning, warms us up to the story than without the reading even realizing it, is brought under the spell that the author has weaved.   There are so many different layers to this story.  The elven, the warm bloods, Claus and Jack and Cane and so much more that trying to lasso it all together for this review is hard, to say the least.  If you are looking for a more adult and dark version of the North Pole and its inhabitants, than this book is what you are looking for.    After all this, you are probably wondering about my rating.  There is so much going on, that at times I felt a bit lost.  I had to reread certain details, go back at times to get the gist of things and at times still didn’t fully get what was going on and I felt that was enough of a distraction to warrant the 4 star rating.  Now, having said that, I do look forward to reading the other books in this series.  There is something to be said about a story that twists from the known to make it into a more complex and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly written, amateurish, and confusing. Interesting subject and some good ideas. Don't waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay story but amateurishly done. Only 180 pages but felt like 400. Unfortunately, I bought Jack when I got this one, so I will give it a shot, but if it is no better than this one, I doubt I will bother to finish it. I read this through to the end hoping it would get better, but it didn't. Another reviewer found the increasing font size to show shouting and emotion, a plus. However, to me it was just gimmicky and cutesy. As if the author knew his writing style was lacking and he needed to do something to make an impression. He did, but not in a good way.
Suzanne_R More than 1 year ago
Each year I try to read a different Santa type book to help me get in the mood for Christmas. I stumbled across Claus: Legend of the Fat Man and thought I would give it a try. I had never read anything by Tony Bertauski before and am always on the lookout for new authors. I really liked the story. It was a completely different style of Santa and Elven story than what you typically see during the holidays. The writing was smooth and progressed nicely. Looks like I now need to see if I can find the sequel.
berlinman More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, reads fast and easy, on the line of Harry Potter type book. Heartwarming and a wonderful story. Gives an idea of what happens to the pushed aside child that is ignored. I loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for the reader who can throw reality out the window and just enjoy a new take on the Santa Claus story. If you're looking for reality don't bother, but if you're looking for a fun read it might be a good choice.
Annmpa More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable read. A highly imaginative tale of the beginnings of santa claus. Would definately reccommend this boo,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy enjoyed this story and would recommend it it puts a new twist on the santa claus legend. I was surprised at how inventive the writer was in tying in all of the elements of santa, his sleigh, reindeer, the elves, the trip around the world in one night. An engrossing story.
DrMillerDMin More than 1 year ago
Ok, I'm 57 and I truly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantasy and myth redefined in the age of video games with the strangest ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read+! Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This jusr a fun read. I loved how the author incorporates Christmas names and themes into the story. If you are looking for a serious Christmas story then this is not it but if you want a fun read with a pinch of campy this this is the book for you.
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knobren More than 1 year ago
This was a creative reinvention of the origins of Santa Claus Elven are a scientifically-advanced group of people, who evolved from a group of isolated humans living around the North Pole.  They split into two factions about 150 years before this story begins, because the evil, tyranical Jack, as in Jack Frost, seized power from his benevolent, inventive twin brother, Claus.  Their mother lead a group of elves into hiding, but Claus stayed behind to try to help those who stayed behind out of fear.   Elven science allows for VERY long lifespans, so almost everyone from that time is still around. In this story, the arrival of a human man, his wife, and young, adult son tip the balancing point between the two groups and eventually leads to elven reconciliation, the creation of Santa Claus, and the beginning of his annual trip around the world.  We also meet Frosty and the eight reindeer we like to sing about, including the one with the red nose. One unusual aspect of this book is how the author uses increasing font size and,  sometimes, even different fonts to emphasize impassioned shouting or loud noises.  It made me think of someone overly dramatic, such as Jim Carrey, playing Jack. One thing that I found to be lacking was a better explanation about Santa Claus's annual ride.  The "how" is crudely sketched out as almost an afterthought at the very end of the book, but it isn't clear "why" he does it.  Otherwise, this is a pretty good story, and I intend to read the next book, "Jack", as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago