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 simil 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 story was about a boy named Paul Dear, he felt he should tell his story without the focus straying to characters everyone knows much better.
I feel this was a mistake. This IS Peter Pan and to say it isn't would be more innacurate than saying Peter Parker isn't Spiderman.
It would be unfair, however, for this book to merit anything less than a 5 star rating.
It has it all. Excellent ideas, dialogue, a strong understandable story, action, suspense, many surprises, and it completely pulled me into the world of Neverland.
Peter David went from writing The Incredible Hulk comic book for many years, to being a strong new voice in fantasy fiction, who is here to stay.
I hope to convince many readers to pick this one up and feel the magic like I did! ...more
~ Even the darkest of villains can have a hero's heart ~
This tale tells the story of Captain Hook before he officially takes the name Captain Hook, during his time spent at Eton College getting his education, and his transformation into the villain we know and love.
If you ever wanted to know the history of Captain Hook, it couldn't have been done better by even J.M. Barrie himself. Although there is no Peter Pan here, this is my favorite of all the sequels, prequels, side-stories, etc., that have added to the myth and magic of Peter Pan and the world of Neverland, that I've read thus far.
Here's the book description:
With his long black curls, a shadowy family tree, and an affinity for pet spiders, James Matthew bears little resemblance to his starched-collar, blue-blooded peers at Eton. Dubbed King Jas., he stops at nothing to become the most notorious underclassman in the prestigious school's history. For James, sword fighting, falling in love with an Ottoman Sultana, and challenging the Queen of England are all in a day's skullduggery. But when he sets sail on a ship with a mysterious mission, King Jas.' dream of discovering a magical island quickly turns into an unimaginable nightmare.
Screenwriter J.V. Hart traces the evolution of J.M. Barrie's classic villain from an eccentric outcast to the scourge of Neverland.
This book is told with great charm and a writing skill that really hooked me, entertaining me beyond what I was expecting.
+Captain Hook has a pet spider named Electra. How much cooler can it get than that!?
J.V. Hart, as you can see from the comments below, contacted me after my early version of this review. He is currently working on a sequel! Here are links to read the first 5 chapters on Facebook before the book's even published:
Sometimes I think I am Peter Pan because if growing up means you have to put down or put away the things you've loved since you were a kid then I canSometimes I think I am Peter Pan because if growing up means you have to put down or put away the things you've loved since you were a kid then I can tell you I don't want to grow up. Not now. Not ever. Never. Ever.
I planned to read the original classic one day, having always been a fan of the Disney animated cartoon version growing up, that forever connected me to Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Wendy and all the wonderful characters and places associated with Kensington Gardens and Neverland. I couldn't find a version that had a cover I really wanted so I thought I'd hold out until I found just the right one.
Then, one day, I saw the 2003 film version directed by P.J. Hogan, and though I'll probably get eaten by a crocodile for saying this, I think it's far superior to any version before it and any that will follow. The minute the movie ended, a craving to read more Peter Pan gnawed at me until I finally picked up Peter and the Starcatchers.
Peter and the Starcatchers was a little different than what I was expecting. A bit of the background and history of the original Peter Pan had been reworked but it didn't matter because this book was still a lot of fun, clever, action-packed, spiritually rewarding, and even answered a few questions along the way.
It continued my interest and appreciation for everything I loved about Peter Pan in the first place.
I plan to read the entire series and am so glad writers of this calibre are continuing the myth and magic that is Peter Pan, who made his first appearance in 1902!...more