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
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