Claus: Legend of the Fat Man

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man

by Tony Bertauski

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In the early 1800s, Nicholas Santa discovered an ancient race of elven.

Short, fat and hairy, they have lived peacefully on the North Pole since the Ice Age but Nicholas is quickly swept into the colony's first and only fracture. The elven known as the Cold One has divided his people. His name is Jack. And Jack's tired of hiding. Why should they live in a shrinking ice cap when humans occupy the rest of the world?

It's just not fair.

There's no stopping Jack from world domination until Nicholas Santa, the only human to enter the elven colony, joins helium-bladder reindeer, artificially-intelligent snowmen, and a merry band of big-footed elven to bring peace back to the North Pole.

And becomes a legend.


  • "Amazing rewrites that will astound you!" –Ruth Jackson,  Reviewer
  • "Best Santa Story Ever!" – Bob,  Reviewer
  • "Simply lovely." –jl, Amazon Reviewer
  • "MY HEART GREW THREE SIZES…" –  Reviewer
  • "Couldn't Put It Down." –  Reviewer
  • "Fantasy at it's [sic] finest." –Carol,  Reviewer
  • "Absolutely phenomenal!" –JayFly,  Reviewer
  • "A++" –TKJ 131,  Reviewer
  • "Absolutely Awesome." –Dee greusel,  Reviewer
  • "I absolutely love this series…" –Kara McCabe,  Reviewer
  • "Tony is an excellent story teller!" jjjlake,  Reviewer
  • "I want MORE!" –J. Bunch,  Reviewer
  • "Awesomely engaging!" –Janice Everett,  Reviewer

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151734035
Publisher: DeadPixel Publications
Publication date: 06/06/2013
Series: Claus , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 7,499
File size: 525 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

I grew up in the Midwest where the land is flat and the corn is tall. The winters are bleak and cold. I hated winters.

I always wanted to write. But writing was hard. And I wasn’t very disciplined. The cold had nothing to do with that, but it didn’t help. That changed in grad school.

After several attempts at a proposal,  my major advisor was losing money on red ink and advised me to figure it out. Somehow, I did.

After grad school, my wife and my two very little children moved to the South in Charleston, South Carolina where the winters are spring and the summers are a sauna (cliche but dead accurate). That’s when I started teaching and writing articles for trade magazines. I eventually published two textbooks on landscape design. I then transitioned to writing a column for the Post and Courier. They were all great gigs, but they weren’t fiction.

That was a few years later.

My daughter started reading before she could read, pretending she knew the words in books she propped on her lap. My son was a different story. In an attempt to change that, I began writing a story with him. We made up a character, gave him a name, and something to do. As with much of parenting, it did not go as planned. But the character got stuck in my head.

He wanted out.

A few years later, Socket Greeny was born. It was a science fiction trilogy that was gritty and thoughtful. That was 2005.

I have been practicing Zen since I was 23 years old. A daily meditator, I wanted to instill something meaningful in my stories that appeals to a young adult crowd as well as adult. I hadn’t planned to write fiction, didn’t even know if I had anymore stories in me after Socket Greeny.

Turns out I did.

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Claus: Legend of the Fat Man 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 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.
Bookworm1951 13 days ago
A new spin on an old tale. Mixed feelings about this one. Parts were very interesting and others were just boring and dragged out. Don't think I'll read any more of this series.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
I liked the way Santa Claus was brought to life. Very good book and an easy read.
Vivaldi 8 months ago
A well written cross between ScI-Fi and Fairy Tale. I highly recommend it to anyone. Especially if you want a change from heaving bosoms, gory detailed murders, end-of-the-world sci-fi, and psychopaths stalking women and children,
Anonymous 12 months ago
Had some interesting ideas, but the narrative moved along like skimming across ice. I was visualizing a version of "Rudolph the red nose reindeer " with sleighs, toys, a little lad dressed in green, a snowman, "abominables" and a whole family of Santas while I read. Yuletide references abounded but the characters fell flat. The twins, Jack and Claus, were strangely drawn. Although set in the early 1800s, Jack calls everyone "Baby" and bounces off the walls like the Announcer from "Running Man". Nicholas, the great leader, is as three dimensional as a Christmas card. There were some twists and turns. I read it to the end just to find out what happens. All in all, this book left me cold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. At times it jumped around a little too much for me and I had to reread some sections. I kept wondering what was next. I enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Claus: Legend of the Fat Man (Claus, #1) In 1818, William Perry commanded a ship, The Alexander, into the Arctic region. Upon returning to England, it was reported that three of its crew members had gone missing during a stop in the Baffin Bay. Nicholas, Jessica, and Jon Santa helped by the Inuit people set for the North Pole. In a very nasty storm, they are abandoned, separated, and taken hostage. One hundred and fifty years before, a great Fracture occurred. Jack -- Janack-- and Claus rule the evil part of the elves with fear. Jocah, mother of Jack and Claus rules the rebels that fled away from Jack's cruelty. Jack is very cold, so cold that if he touches you, you freeze to death. He has a plan, capture a warmblood -- a human -- clone and infect him with lethal viruses, so he can also rule the rest of the world. Jack can't believe his luck as Nicholas falls into his hand. He forces Claus to wipe all his memories and get him ready for his nefarious plan. Meanwhile, Jon and Jessica are rescued by Jocah and the rebels. What ensues is the rescue of Nicholas from Jack's evil claws, and the birth of Santa Claus. The plot is slow and sometimes boring. The characters are mostly caricatures and I never identified with them The narration is a mess, a somewhat third person point of view that keeps changing without any clue to the reader. I don't recommend the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imaginative, creative, extremely enjoyable. Excellent reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story. So imaginative and clever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read. A fine new scifi twist on the Santa Claus Mythology.
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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.