Christmas might be over, but those who found an e-reader under their brass tree can keep the joy going with Steampunk Santa by Marc Vun Kannon.
In the early years of Santa working out of his elfish workshop, he cruised around the countryside in a horse drawn sleigh and used a ladder to enter houses from above to deliver his presents. But as business picks up, he envisions the need to go worldwide with his toy distribution. As 19th Century technology grows, Santa enlist the ingenuity of his workshop elves to come up with a new and better means of transportation if he truly intends to traverse the globe. He decides to have a contest. The creator of the winning design will be promoted to Head Elf of his entire workshop.
This is a story driven tale. The characters are not overly established. They’re Santa’s elves, so there really isn’t much back-story needed anyway. Flarbignarg is a friendly toymaker with practical skills, but he does not possess the inventive talents of his friend Tomparasil. However, Tomparasil is just a tinkerer and content working in the boiler room. He has no aspirations of leading the other elves. But in the end he can’t resist the opportunity to display his ingenuity either. Dinglefor is also a toymaker, but he is more scrupulous and is not above cheating in order to become Head Elf. You can probably see the mischief brewing already.
Of course there is the typical magic we’ve all grown to love with toy-building elves. But there is also steam and mirrors, brass and steal, and a few other scientific engineering elements present to put some authenticity behind this otherwise mystical marvel. It definitely gives new insight into the legend of the old toymaker and how he travels around the world. But the driving force behind Marc Vun Kannon’s Steampunk Santa is that it is a simple, fun little story which kids of all ages can enjoy.