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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,200 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
A sequel to J.M. Barrie's classic story, Peter Pan, by the author of Shannara

Peter, now grown up, returns to London with his wife and two children. During their visit to Wendy, the children disappear from the nursery, and all that can be found is a cryptic note, signed "Jas Hook, Captain".
Mass Market Paperback, 211 pages
Published November 24th 1991 by Ballantine Books (first published 1991)
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LiteraryMania
I gave this a three star rating simply because Brooks kept very close to the movie. This is a good thing of course, but I think he may have done so to a fault. Sure, he added a bit more of the internal emotions and motivations of the character, but there isn't much to say other than that. It followed the movie so exactly, that if someone asked me if they should read the book, I'd recommend they just go watch the movie instead. Perhaps this is because I saw the movie millions of times as a child ...more
Taylor
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Andi
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
review coming tomorrow... oh boy, this is gonna be interesting

So.

Here we go. While I was finishing this book I was thinking to myself, maybe I should review more film tie-in's? Some of them are just downright hilarious and bad, and then some are really good. Then some are... I don't know? Hook falls in the not good, not bad, not amazing... just 'I don't know?'

I love Hook. Unlike Steven and the countless critics who bashed the film, I found something whimsical and childhood quenching about it. I
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Patrick
Ever since I was young, I was obsessed with Peter Pan. I think most young boys were obsessed with the concept. I read this book in the fifth grade. It is an enjoyable continuance of the story. It is a lot of fun. If you're looking for a good fun read, I recommend this book.
Milliebot
Generally, I wouldn't pick up a book adaptation of a movie, but I have such nostalgia feels for Hook and I've heard good things about Terry Brooks from my Sweetbeeps (though I've yet to actually read his work), so I took a chance on this (especially because it was like $2.00 at a used bookstore). It wasn't horrible! If you love the movie, the book follows it pretty closely - I only noticed a few changes in dialogue and some of the Pan training scenes and Hook and Jack bonding scenes. It has some ...more
Meghan
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book - especially for people that are fans of Peter Pan. I mean, who didn't wonder, when they were young, what would happen when and if Peter Pan actually did grow up? I sure did and I think that this book was done well.

I have actually used it in summer programs with children from 5 and up - reading one chapter a day - and they really enjoyed it as well. The book would always get done quicker because they would ask for me to go on and read another chapter or two. Sadly, the movie (w
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Mads
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Easy to read and very entertaining. Hook is the answer to the question "What if Peter Pan grew up?". Not only was that question answered, this book also has a deeper message behind it, and that is, even though we all need to grow up eventually, we should never loose our inner Peter Pan. It should be there, with us, always. We might not even come in touch with it ever again, but we never know when we might need it.
Leane
Apr 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just watch the movie, man.
Liz
Feb 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Just like the movie, I think they hired him to write it.
Monica
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much word-for-word like the movie, so just watch the movie.
Kimberly
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, adult
It was OK, but I liked the movie better. The book followed the movie very closely, just gave some more explanation as to charater motive.
Joe
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly Terry Brook's laziest book (I'm assuming The Phantom Menace is on par). It felt like it was done over a week for easy money because the publisher knew Brooks' name would move copies. I'm a fan of the movie but was looking forward to a deeper take or additional plots that a fictional book could contain. I was disappointed. The book itself is fun and fine, but only because it matches the movie almost line for line. I'm being literal; Dialogue matches the movie line for line during t ...more
Jessica
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved the movie and I felt the book was compatible. Most of the book had the same scenarios as the movie except for Maggie's song, and Pan & Hook's final battle. They had some extra scenes that were nice. One could see the lines that were already written and the lines that Robin Williams ad-libbed. In that case the movie had more.
It was a fun read but you would not be missing much if you watched the movie instead, just skip to Maggie's song and the final battle of you want to read th
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Stephen
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Doesn't come close to the film, but it's a decent read nonetheless. For superfans, mainly.
Kaz
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Biased because I love the movie.
David Olsen
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was eight or nine when the movie came out. So, my critical thinking skills were notably less developed. I remember loving the film, and this book. It's a movie version of the book, which does follow the film to a large degree, it was interesting that a couple of scenes that were in the book, apparently didn't make the cut on the big screen which made me wonder if the book was based on the screen play. One of these scenes is where the lost boys challenge Peter to steal Hook's hook. In the film, ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
656 - 2013

Mrs. Darling: Peter, let me adopt you, too.
Peter Pan: Would you send me to school?
Mrs. Darling: Yes, of course.
Peter Pan: And then to an office?
Mrs. Darling: I suppose so.
Peter Pan: Soon I should be a man?
Mrs. Darling: Yes, very soon.
Peter Pan: (shook his head) I don't want to go to school and learn solemn things. No one is going to catch me and make me a man. I want always to be a little boy and have fun.


Bagaimana bila kemudian Peter Pan berubah pikiran dan tumbuh dewasa karena akhirn
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Alice Chimera
Peter Banning è un uomo grassoccio che ha votato la sua vita al lavoro lasciando in secondo piano la sua famiglia. Tutto sommato è quello che accade a molti adulti, ma quando i figli di Peter vengono rapiti da un misterioso Capitan Uncino, Peter deve affrontare un passato che è non rientra nelle nomali storie che si potrebbero raccontare, perché Peter è in realtà Peter Pan!
Ho iniziato la lettura di questo libro in memoria del grande autore Robin Williams che diede il volto di Peter (Pan) Banning
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Carina
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hook came out in 1991, when I was three years old so I imagine I didn't see it until it was out on TV. That being said it is still one of those films I remember from my childhood with fondness and it is certainly one of my earlier film/TV memories. As such this book had a *lot* to live up to.

In fact, finding this book hidden in the recesses of my childhood room was quite a surprise - and I know for a fact I never read it. In fact the state it was in (much to my shame it's rather bent - child me
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Brian Schiebout
Hook by Terry Brooks is a novel set in the Neverland world. The book is a novelization of the movie of the same title written by Jim V. Hart and Nick Castle and as such follows a movies pacing style. The story begins in the San Francisco area where Peter Banning is grown up so much that he has forgotten all the joys of childhood and only lives to try survive and prosper. However Peter Banning is in truth Peter Pan even though he has forgotten his childhood and he magic that he lived in and has g ...more
Sebastien
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fan de Peter Pan
Recommended to Sebastien by: Québec et Loisirs
Shelves: movie-novel
Suite à la lecture de Danse avec les loups j'ai eu envie d'abandonner les livres de film mais ma mère a eu envie de me faire une surprise en commandant ce dernier livre dans sa commande annuelle.

Je dois dire que je n'avais pas aimer le film quand je l'avais écouter. Quand j'ai vu le livre, je n'ai pas eu le courage de dire à ma mère que sa ne me tentait pas de lire ce livre vue que le film était, à mes yeux, très ordinaire.

J'ai donc décider de le lire tout de même vue qu'anyway j'avais ma périod
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Marnie Bebej
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I was sadly reading this book when I found out Robin Williams was no longer with us. I'm a big fan of the movie and have seen it dozens of times, to the point where I know most of the lines. When I seen the book at Goodwill and seen it was written by Terry Brooks I was intrigued. I own and hadn't yet started his Shannara series (reading it now)so I thought well this will let me know if I like his style of writing, and I do. The Book came second and is therefore exactly like the movie which is su ...more
Sarah
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read two film-to-book adaptations, and coincidentally they both star Robin Williams. I know a lot of people say these are sort of pointless because we're already familiar with the story from the film, but this is one of those cases where a book based off the movie just makes things even better. This is, hands down, my favorite story about Peter Pan. It makes me crazy emotional and I've fallen in love with all the characters a dozen times. So the next best thing would be to have it in novel ...more
Scycer
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine reminiscing on an old movie you used to watch and by miracle the same book popped in front of you when browsing a book store and at the same time you were listing to Ruth's lost boys on your earphones.

Next day , just escaping from work you come across an article that talks about the cast coming back together again after 25 odd years and as a bonus they are dressed up as the characters they used to play. Serendipity I say.

I was shocked to find Terry Brooks had written it though.. the on
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Kathryn
I kind of expected a little more depth. Granted creative license and all, but the book felt... half. Like, instead of getting in the characters and trying to breathe more life into them (since a reader needs more than a watcher) he simply wrote the script in First Person. He did put a little more emotion in, but even Tink's Bigness feel dry. Booo.

In a reply to a similar review I posted:
Your review mirrors my feeling with one exception; Brooks' creative license left out certain thing I felt were
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Hitzuji
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primero que nada hay que entender que es la novelización de una película, una película que fue la causante primera de mi obsesión por Peter Pan. Y que además es una reelectura. Cuando era pequeña adoraba este libro, era de mis favoritos, lo releía una y otra vez. Un día desapareció y apenas hace unas semanas lo recuperé (resulta que estaba en casa de mis abuelos). En ese entonces le hubiera puesto cinco estrellas (como digo, era de mis favoritos), pero siendo un poco más sincera merece como 3, p ...more
Sarah
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Jon Cruz
Shelves: fantasy
Obviously, since "Hook" is one of my most favorite movies of all time, I don't think so much of the novelization. For about 3/4 of the book I would say that it was interesting but it didn't make me in any way happy. Some of the writing style could have benefitted from one more read by the editor. And although I appreciate the homage to the original "Peter and Wendy" in the final chapter of the book when the narrator self-referentially breaks the fourth wall, I find it jarringly inconsistent with ...more
André
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Não me recordo de quase chorar com um livro em vários pontos da leitura, mas ler este livro foi bastante doloroso.
Em parte porque é o meu filme favorito, sempre que o lia vinha-me a memória de Robin Williams e depois a temática do nunca crescer e aceitar ser adulto batia um bocado.

Aquele soco de deixarmos de ser crianças, mas no fundo ela estar lá pronta para uma aventura, para voar, para cantar como um galo.

Principalmente as saudades.
E depois isto, tanto isto:

“You know that place between sleep
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Carmine
L'opera di Brooks parte dalla sceneggiatura del film girato da Spielberg, ergo non ci saranno approfondimenti tali da rendere la lettura obbligatoria.
In perfetto stile dell'autore, la storia gode di una prosa rapida, scevra di descrizioni pesanti e chiaramente volta a mantenere un taglio cinematografico che prediliga l'azione ed i dialoghi.
Il rovescio della medaglia è dato da un'introspezione abbastanza scarna e, soprattutto, una mancanza lapalissiana di riferimenti e rimandi all'opera originale
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Jenna (Bookiemoji)
I'd give this 3.5 stars, not quite enough to round up to four. It fills in a decent amount of character thoughts and motivations, but I've gotta say... the film did it better. Some things in this book are just awkward. Plus, you can't quite beat Robin Williams, John Williams, Dustin Hoffman and "Ru-fi-oooooo!!"

Regardless, this is a faithful and respectable film novelization, one that is heads and tails above most others that I have encountered. I'm glad I read it.
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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