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The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus (edition 2010)

by Tim Slover

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Title:The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus
Authors:Tim Slover
Info:Bantam (2010), Hardcover, 176 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:audiobook, Black Death, Christmas, Christmas fiction, fantasy, holidays, legends, magic, read, read in 2012, reindeer, Santa Claus

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This is a good, wholesome book that beautifully describes the man we call Santa Claus. It's the kind of story that's complex enough for adults, but charming enough for children to enjoy. The Christmas Chronicles would make a great gift for a friend or the perfect book to read with the family during the holidays.

I won my copy through First Reads. ( )
  Athenable | Jan 10, 2014 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I think I would have liked this book. However, the Early Reviewers copy I received was so smudged (and is some places, entire pages were missing) that I could not maintain the storyline. It seemed like an enjoyable, quick read, but I can't speak from an actual full-fledged experience.
  weebaby | Dec 28, 2012 |
Looking for a book that would help me get into the spirit of Christmas, I picked up The Christmas Chronicles by Tim Slover. Professing to be the true story behind the legend of Santa Claus, this small book within a book quickly draws one in and definitely has plenty of holiday magic. Managing to be sweet and charming without becoming overly-sentimental, the life and times of Santa Claus are revealed, nicely wrapped up in a beautiful small book and giving the reader hints of peppermint and maple sugar cookies.

This would be a perfect read-aloud story for the family. Children that are ready for the next tale beyond The Night Before Christmas would certainly enjoy this charming story. The author dishes out magic, flying reindeer and an epic battle between good and evil. Perhaps my only quibble is that although the author has Santa evolving through the years, he keeps the whole story firmly planted in Christian values, and never gives recognition to any pagan traditions that have been incorporated into the Santa Claus myth.

If you need a slight kick-start to get into the magic of the season this whimsical short book would be a perfect way to do it, just add a glowing fire and a cup of steaming hot chocolate. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Dec 6, 2012 |
This is the perfect audio book for all you crafters who, in the heat of summer, are busy making Christmas gifts and decorations. This well-executed dramatic reading by William Dufris will certainly entertain you and put you in a Christmassy mood while you are busy toiling on your crafts. Crank up the AC and drink some hot chocolate to complete the faux feeling of the season. It is an interesting tale but hardly a new Christmas classic. Save the true classics for December, when you really want to immerse yourself in the Spirit of Christmas. ( )
  Maydacat | Feb 29, 2012 |
This is a wonderfully new Christmas story that is destined to become a Christmas classic. In 1343, orphaned Klaus is adopted by the Craftsmen Guild to become a master woodcarver with a true gift for making toys for children. He meets Anna, the woman who will become his wife. But it's not all snowflakes and candy canes: envious Rolf Eckhof shadows Klaus ready to subvert him at every turn. In the end, it's a battle between good and evil fought under snowy skies which unleashes Santa's true magic to the world.This is truly a sweet Christmas story which I loved for its portrayal of Santa Claus. I give it an A+! It's very like A Christmas Carol in its portrayal of the Christmas spirit. A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite holiday stories ( )
  rubyandthetwins | Feb 16, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553808109, Hardcover)

In this new holiday classic, Tim Slover crafts a marvelous, magical novel about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, you’ll believe all over again in the magic of the season.
 
Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story.

It all starts in 1343, when the child Klaus is orphaned and adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with an infectious laugh and an unparalleled gift for making toys. His talent and generosity uniquely equip him to bestow hundreds of gifts on children at Christmas—and to court the delightful Anna, who enters his life on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher and becomes his beloved wife.

Still, all is not snowfall and presents. Klaus will be shadowed by the envious Rolf Eckhof, who will stop at nothing to subvert him. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies.

By turns enchanting, hair-raising, and inspirational, The Christmas Chronicles is a beguiling tale destined to become a holiday favorite for the ages.
 

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:21:53 -0400)

A 14th-century woodworker dedicates his life to making children happy, but when age and infirmity catches up with him, he is made a saint and moves north to make children happy forever.

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