Friday, February 4, 2011

The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir, by Ken Harmon

I'm not sure whom Harmon wrote this book for.  He's woven together into a pun-streaked tapestry the language, characters, situations and titles of every Christmas story, movie, tv show, song, and icon to create a mystery about unseen forces trying to kill both Santa Claus and the spirit of Christmas.  There's quite a bit of philosophizing about the respective roles and value of justice and mercy, and the way Santa Claus creates a bridge for children to an understanding of the gifts of Christ.  Quite a bit.  And yet, there's double entendre raunchiness and violence, too. Luckily it was short, and Johnny Heller does good elf voices.

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