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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  521 ratings  ·  121 reviews
For all readers who have ever lent an enthusiastic ear to a wonderfully well told tale, or tumbled gladly into pages that could transport them anywhere, now comes novelist Peter David’s enchanting new work of fantasy. Action-packed and suspenseful, heart-tugging and wise, it weaves a spell both hauntingly familiar and utterly irresistible for those who have ever surrendere...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2008)
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Michael Fierce
Aug 10, 2012 Michael Fierce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Peter Pan

Tigerheart is excellent but I almost gave it 4 stars for one reason: this is a book on Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, Wendy and a boy very similar to Peter Pan in many respects, named Paul. Only, all the characters names were changed and inferior to the original, with the exception maybe, of Fiddlefix, a close second to the name Tinkerbell.

I believe Peter David changed the names because he couldn't get approval by the Peter Pan estate to release it officially, and maybe because the main s...more
Stephen
4.5 Stars. A superb re-imagining of Peter Pan that is both funny and poignant. Peter David does a fantastic job of taking a story that is familiar to just about everyone and making it fresh and new. A great achievement and highly recommended.
Jenne
Feb 04, 2008 Jenne rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
Tiresome, pointless, and overly precious. I don't really like the story of Peter Pan very much anyway, but this retelling was just unnecessary.

Callista
Jul 19, 2014 Callista rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: most of my GR friends
Quite a few years ago, I read 4 of Peter David's Star Trek novels and found them entertaining. Then I heard him take part in a literary panel at Comic-Con and discovered how mischievously witty he can be. In 2010, he was the Guest of Honour at the local SFF con', Bubonicon, so I was happy to hear him again. Not only is he funny and intelligent, he comes across as a truly decent man. (If you ever get a chance to hear him speak live, take it.)
So I became more interested in reading more of his fic...more
April
Jul 30, 2008 April rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all parents
Read this book with my kids while on a camping trip. They played "pirates" on every rock formation they could climb! Excellent reimagining of Peter Pan. The narrator speaks to the audience personally and really draws you in-a writing style that was compelling, allowing the kids to feel like they are "in" on the joke or storyline. I reccomend it to kids and adults.
Neil
David is a true journeyman, a genre writer who has never had the big breakout book but has written enormous amounts of fantasy and science fiction in all kinds of formats to make a living. The results are never absolutely spectacular, but they are always an enjoyable read. He's written everything from television episodes to graphic novels, Star Trek books to a variety of his own original novels. In the past I've enjoyed Sir Apropos of Nothing and his Knight Life sequence.

Tigerheart is David's re...more
Shiromi Arserio
Paul Dear was raised on swashbuckling tales of The Boy and Anyplace, where The Boy fights pirates alongside Fiddlefix the fairy and his band of Vagabonds. Soon however, Paul wonders if he is The Boy, as strange things start to happen whereby his reflection starts talking to him, teaching him things, and he begins to be visited by fairies. But when tragedy strikes his family, Paul finds he must venture into the Anyplace in order to bring his family back together.

If all this talk of the Anyplace a...more
Bookmarks Magazine

Peter David's vast experience in comics and media tie-ins is apparent in Tigerheart, a good old-fashioned Victorian story all the more appealing because it will resonate with adults and younger readers alike (though as Paul Di Filippo points out, "I don't recall the original Tinker Bell swearing quite as much as Fiddlefix"). Tigerheart is by turns whimsical, poignant, and touched with humor. The suspense and adventure make up for any thought that the book tries to be too many things at once: a c

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Yvonne
I have never ever read Peter Pan, nor have I seen any movies. I've seen "Hook", yes. And I have seen "Neverland" but this book made it quite clear, I need to read the book.
This story is about a boy named Paul whose Father tells Paul all the stories of adventures that The Boy takes place in...in a land called anyplace.
One day, Paul stumbles across a dead pixie and succeeds in bringing her back to life by believing. And the pixie then informs Paul of why she died in the first place. Because The Bo...more
Julia
I don't think this review is spoiler-y, but to be safe, I'll check the box...



A wonderful pastiche of Peter Pan, though that name is never used, he is called The Boy, for this is Paul’s story, a boy who travels to Anyplace to find his mother a baby, because his baby sister died and she is inconsolable. After many exciting adventures and close saves, Paul and The Boy need to escape Noplace (from which there is no escape) and call for help from people who should be unable to help them. “’Believe in...more
Michael
Not exactly a sequel and not exactly a retelling of the Peter Pan story, Peter David's "Tigerheart" is more of a reimagined modernization of the classic story along the lines of his King Arthur trilogy and "Howling Mad."

David succeeds beautifully at weaving the story of Peter Pan for a modern audience. But instead of focusing on Peter as the central character, David creates his own, Paul Dear. Early in the story, Paul's baby sister dies, causing a rift between his parents and their separation....more
Renee Hall
The cover features a quote from Terry Brooks calling it "by far the most charming and clever reimagining of the story of Peter Pan I have ever encountered." I have to agree with him. I've read other takes on the story and characters, from Peter and the Starcatchers to the official sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet. What David does is a bit different -- he captures the charm and timelessness of Barrie's characters and settings, but slantways. The names are changed (though there's never any doubt about...more
Marjorie Hakala
This book reminds me of a quote from Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia: "Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child.... "

Tigerheart is sort of a sequel to Peter Pan, but not really; all the names are changed, although the characters are out of copyright now, and although that seemed like an odd choice at first I think it worked really well for the purpose of letting Peter David tell the story on his own terms, reintroduce the character...more
Rhlibrary
May 13, 2009 Rhlibrary added it
Shelves: jen-s-picks
Captain Hack. The Boy of Legend. Fiddlefix. The Bully Boys. These wonderful characters are enchantingly familiar, yet offer a charming new take on the beloved story of Peter Pan. Peter David takes the classic characters and turns them on their heads, bringing readers on a witty and engaging adventure that builds upon the original tale. Young Paul Dear, having grown up on his father's fantastic stories of pirates, pixies and wild Indians, has no trouble believing in The Anyplace, and when a famil...more
Michelle Spencer
Oh, brother. Hated hated HATED this book. This guy "re-imagined" Peter Pan? More like barely got away with plagiarizing it and then completely destroyed the spirit of the story. He just re-named the characters and places with extremely obvious parallel names. Captain Hack? Gwenny? The Bully Boys? Pixies? He just opened his thesaurus and went from there. That's why I have a hard time calling this a "re-imagination." Call it what it is: theft.

That wasn't the only issue I had with this one. Here's...more
Rosver
A book that I won't mind to not read. It isn't fulfilling a read. Best spend your time and money on other books.

The prose is incredibly rambling, impersonal, boring, barren and lifeless. There isn't really anything to admire in it. It would have been an acceptable style if used for a term papers, but that is not what this book is. Disappointing. The story is imaginative enough but the prose isn't displaying its glory. It would go paragraph to paragraph without any story, only exposition.

The sto...more
Lani Lenore
This is clearly a re-imagining of the Peter Pan tale – a continuation, even (almost) – but instead, the entire story is re-explained so that you don’t have to rely on Barrie’s version – however, if you have read the original book, it will actually enhance your experience. There are subtleties (and downright character-trait villainy), but it’s all in good fun, and if it at least makes you laugh and roll your eyes a little bit, I think this book set out to do what it meant to.

Though it is certainl...more
Peter David
This isn't actually a review because, well, I wrote the book (although I gave it five stars because, as my grandmother used to say, If you're not for yourself, who will be?) I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who had such positive things to say about "Tigerheart." It has been extremely gratifying and much appreciated.

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Laina
I'm sure this book is very good. I'm absolutely certain of it. I liked the author's style, especially with the omniscient narrator, conscious both of the characters and the fact that he/she is telling a story. It all felt right as a re-imagining of Peter Pan and I really wanted to like it and read it and everything.

But I couldn't. Because, for whatever reason, Peter David had to change the names of all his characters and I just couldn't get past that. I could not get it to feel right in my head....more
Caitlin
I know i'm easy, but I cried a lot during this book. I loved it. It was really creative and the voice was both familiar and delightfully new. A great take on the classic.
Stephanie
By far the most poignant, imaginative retelling of the Peter Pan story has got to be...Neil Gaiman's "Sandman."

Haha. Ok, I love Sandman. But this book was pretty good too. It was recommended to me by a friend as her "favorite book ever," but unlike "The Historian" didn't turn out to be a total travesty.

As a fan of Barrie's original, I liked the subtle references to "Peter and Wendy" and "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens." David has obviously read these books and noticed all the cool little things...more
Alison
I really couldn’t shake the feeling that the book was like a cheap imitation of Peter Pan. You know those knock off movies you can buy for $5 at Walmart? ['The Lion Prince' instead of "The Lion King"] That’s what this feels like. The names of things have been changed but it’s still pretty much Peter Pan. You could easily pick out the Peter Pan elements. Tinker Bell becomes Fiddlefix, Wendy becomes Gwenny, Hook becomes Hack, and so on.

I think the author is trying to imitate Barrie’s voice. From...more
Trang

Tigerheart reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth; it's a story about children, if not necessarily for children. It leads readers to a world full of vibrant, never-ending adventures with insidious fairies, talking animals, valiant Indian, salvage pirates, and not to mention, The Boy that never grows up. Yet at times, that world is so grim and violent. More often I found myself overwhelmed with melancholy or at loss at the cruel realism the story displays. "Oh gosh, no child should go through such heart-b...more
Suzanne Moore
This tale is based on the story of Peter Pan. The author's notes in the back of the book explained this was one of his favorite stories as a boy. The main character, Paul Dear, shares the author's initals PD and The Boy that Paul follows to The Anyplace has many of the characteristics of Peter Pan. There is a Captain Hack who relates to Captain Hook, but in this story he has a twin sister, Mary Slash. I think having a female pirate is a good addition to the story. PD, the author, points out that...more
Cindy
Aug 18, 2008 Cindy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cindy by: fantasy book critic
Shelves: fiction
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. The first 20 or so pages I was little hesitant to keep reading the book. But after that it picked up and I couldn't put it down. I kept wondering what was going to happen or what adventure was going to happen.

We all know that "the boy" is Peter Pan. But he isn't the main main character which was great. I loved that there were old characters and new ones mixed in it.

The way the story is told, as if it's a story teller telling you the story was a gr...more
emily
this book is essentially what would happen if lemony snicket tried his hand at a story that was at once a retelling of and a sequel to 'peter pan'. fans of david will be thrilled at this book's existence, and haters of david should try it anyway. he's toned down his usual pun-filled ostentatiousness in favor of a more wry, much more subtle tone of storytelling that suits the subject matter very well. his ability to take one of the cornerstones of folklore and turn and adapt and rework it is sens...more
Jennifer
Sep 07, 2008 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: Books on the Nightstand
Shelves: 2008
This book is a retelling of the Peter Pan story but from the point of view of Paul Dear - a young boy who goes to Anyplace to find a new baby sister for his broken hearted mother.

The narrator (and the reader for that matter) stands outside of the story and makes comments throughout to continually make his presence known. Its a device that gives the reader insight but it also takes you outside the story, reminding you that this is a fairy tale. While the narrator is often humorous, I am still un...more
Dorothy (D. J.) Emry
On StaticMultimedia.com I gave this 2 stars. This was a book I slogged through so I could write the review. Die hard Peter Pan fans aside, take my advice and skip this one.

Below are some highlights from my review. To read my full review go to: http://www.staticmultimedia.com/print...

Two parts adventure, one part coming of age story and one part philosophical discourse, Peter David’s Tigerheart is a Victorian bedtime story for modern times. Written more for adults than children, the story revisit...more
Eric Juneau
This book is awesome. In the "The Big Idea" piece David did for John Scalzi, he says that the reason he wrote this was because, of the many penned Peter Pan sequels, none of them succeeded in capturing the heart and soul of the first book. That's because the first book narrates in a dream-like state, with frequent infodumps, fourth-wall interjections, and a general sense that you are being shown a story, not told.

I think David recaptures this essence, but keeps the plot coherent. I found it del...more
Lauren
This quasi-sequel to Peter Pan starts out promising: Paul Dear, determined to end his mother’s grief after a family tragedy, journeys to the Anyplace (Mr. David’s name for Neverland), where he meets Fiddlefix (Tinkerbell), The Boy (Peter Pan), and many other familiar-but-not characters. Mr. David offers some astute commentary and pretty imagery – along with some genuinely touching scenes that are straight from the Pixar School of emotional manipulation – but an overly involved narrator and a mis...more
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