Renee Hall's Reviews > Tigerheart
by Peter David
by Peter David
Renee Hall's review
May 04, 11
Read from May 01 to 04, 2011, read count: 1
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 who's who), and this impressively allows David to play on all our memories and associations of the characters, while sidestepping our assumptions about them and giving himself enough room to tell an original story with a few of his own characters. The style of the writing is absolutely delightful, full of sly wit that has the narrator addressing the reader face-on, and overall, for the reader, the feeling is of being a child listening to a story told by one's favorite uncle. That said, there are darker and more philosophical elements slipped in with the sparkle and adventure (again, in keeping with the undertone of the original mythos), and more than anything I would say this truly reads as a Peter Pan-inspired story for adults who have never quite grown up.
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