Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Simon the Elf wants to tell you the true story behind Jolly Ole St. Nick. Yeah, he’s a vampire. But that alleged gift giver and lover of children hides more than that fact from you. And what about Mrs. Claus and Rudolph? Venture into a world of enslaved elves, enchanted animals, and death wrought by Santa himself. With his sharp wit, Simon will lead you into the darkest realms of Christmas. Warning: Simon cusses a lot. But you would, too, if Santa held you captive.
Interesting concept for a story. I liked the way this was written and how we see things from Simon’s point of view and we get to see some of his interesting thoughts. I never would have thought of going this far off the rails for Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph but I think they connect together.
So, everything is told from Simon’s point of view which does give a once sided view to all the stories but I enjoyed how he told it. The history of Santa is well told and thought out that I didn’t feel that there was much missing after hearing everyone’s stories and how Santa pretty much tricked Simon into writing a new story for him. What I didn’t enjoy were the excessive jokes and references to pee and farts, it just seemed childish. This story doesn’t have any romance or anything of the sort however Simon is gay which would be the connection to LGBT.
Cover art by Natasha Snow is nice and low key but works well for this story.
ebook, 76,800 words
Published: November 26, 2018 by Nine Star Press
Edition Language: English
Series: Simon the Elf