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The Claus Effect

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"The Claus Effect" is a continuation of "The Toy Mill," the 1993 Aurora-Award-winning story about a malevolent, post-industrial-revolution Santa Claus and Emily, the little girl whose wish to be a Christmas Elf nearly destroys the world. The Claus Effect takes up eights years later, when events propel teen-aged Emily and West Point cadet Neil Nyman on a breakneck journey t ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published November 27th 2002 by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Inc.
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Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is very different; dark, absurd, skewed humour, Santa Claus run amok.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Nickle and Karl Schroeder’s The Claus Effect combines a short story called “The Toy Mill” set in 1983, and a book called “The Clause Effect” set in 1991. In “The Toy Mill,” which is a prelude to “The Claus Effect,” eight-year-old Emily corners Santa and wishes to be one of his elves. He turns her into an elf and brings her to the North Pole, where she discovers that the reason she never gets what she wants for Christmas is because no one actually reads the letters sent to Santa. She convin ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
The Claus Effect started as a short story, "The Toy Mill", which won an Aurora Award in 1993. The award was well deserved. Tightly written and a clever concept, "The Toy Mill" tells the story of Emily, a little girl who wishes to become a Christmas Elf. she meets Santa on Christmas Eve, and he decides to grant her wish, sprinkling magic powder on her and taking her to the North Pole. While she's there, Emily discovers Santa isn't the kind soul from the stories, and the workshop is far from the j ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Tis the season for action/adventure horror!This very weird take on the Claus etc. seemed to me to be inspired by an Invader Zim and/or a Furama holiday cartoon... but that's OK, because it's done pretty well. What sets this tale apart is the action/adventure aspects, particularly with the garnishes of international intrigue.

The Claus was very creepy indeed, as was his long-time nemesis. The elfs, too, were nasty little pieces of work, and ubiquitous as ants. The heroine and hero were brave and s
Dec 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Even though the book is only about 240 pages long, the middle third of it is unnecessary and repetitive action sequences. They are meant to be humorous, but the jokes involving gun battles with Santa's elves are exhausted early on. The writing style of the action was off-putting, I would lose interest and skim over it sometimes. Maybe it was meant to parody pulp writing found in military themed serial novels, but things like always referring to a gun by its brand name irritated me.

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Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
A brilliantly dark look at the ugly sides of humanity at the holiday. Possibly a little dated by it's early 90s setting but the themes and ideals still ring true. All underscored by a prose voice unafraid of dark humour among some genuine terror.
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David Nickle is the author of several novels and numerous short stories. His latest novel, VOLK: A Novel of Radiant Abomination, is available from ChiZine Publications. His novel Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism (to which VOLK is a sequel) was a finalist for the Aurora Award, the Sunburst Award and the Compton Crook Award. His story collection Monstrous Affections won the 2009 Black Quill Rea ...more