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Hook's Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  132 reviews
A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland.

Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmi
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Scribner
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Peter Pan was eternally young having exciting adventures without the responsibilities of adulthood. Most children, arguably, follow Peter's escapades in Neverland and his time with Wendy, John and Michael Darling. Peter was always dueling with his arch enemy, Captain Hook. Why is that? There are two sides to every story. "Hook's Tale" explains Hook's side, how a friendship turned into a longstanding rivalry.

James' father, a Commander in The Royal Navy, was lost at sea. After the death of his mo
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
This Peter Pan retelling isn’t as “adventurous” as the original story is, but it is much more realistic. The entire story is told from Hook’s pov and is all prior to him garnering the moniker. Before he was Hook, he was just another 14-year-old boy, by the name of James Cook. I’m struggling to really review this since most people know the details of Neverland, Peter, and the folk of the Never Isles. So instead, I’m going to list some of the differences between this retelling and the original Pet ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Delightful! I enjoy reading the classic fairytales that have a new twist. This one was so well done and I enjoyed every minute of it. The flow was great and the "twists" were spot on for me. I don't think anything/anyone was left out. I loved the storyline with Tiger Lily and the crocodile the best. Kudo's to the Captain and Mr. Pielmeier! I would read something of his again!

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review**
"Hook's Tale" is probably my new favorite Pan retelling. In fact, it might just be my new favorite retelling. And its a debut novel!! Seriously, the writing is captivating, the perspective is unique, and overall the reading is pretty easy. In the Introduction, the book proclaims itself to be the Peter Pan/Hook version of The Wizard of Oz/Wicked Witch tale and I'd say that's pretty accurate. I actually am not a big fan of the Gregory Maguire books, but this was much easier to read.

James Cook (ak
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
*3.75 stars

This was a cute and enjoyable re-telling of Peter Pan. Although, this is the "true" story of Captain Hook, nee Cook. He isn't the villain that the dubious scotsman wrote about. I liked the tale that James Cook told and the different outcomes that were different from the original story. Especially that Peter Pan isn't an innocent little boy that is often portrayed. Captain Cook was misunderstood and friendlier than what people know about him. It was nice to read a different
Megan C.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...the Truth is neither nice, clean, nor simple.”

I mentioned in my brief Instagram review that I love both playing Devil’s Advocate and cheering for the underdog.  With those two things so close to my heart, this story was basically made for me!  Hook’s Tale begins with an introduction to James Cook – with a father long ago lost at sea and the recent death of his mother, James struggles to fit in at his boarding school.  Although his father was a well-known athlete and student leade
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, audible, 2017
I'm not quite sure what to say about this story. It wasn't a bad story. In fact, I think many people will find it entertaining. Unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. I gave it 3 stars, instead of 2, because when I discuss it, it sounds very entertaining. The problem is I was bored while reading it. I almost gave up a few times and I was glad when I finished. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood? Whatever the reason, I felt that it deserved more stars than my enjoyment of the book would indicate.
Andreea (Infinite Text)
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I needed this. Pure joy and escapism. You get to re-live the Peter Pan story from a slightly different angle.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First sentence: When I was six years old or thereabouts, I had a horrific nightmare that I still remember quite clearly.

Premise/plot: Hook's Tale is the long-lost, recently-found "memoir" of Captain James Cook. I recommend it to anyone who loves or hates Peter Pan. It is a retelling. Mind you, it is not a silly retelling, or an overly romantic retelling, or an obnoxious retelling. It is a CLEVER retelling. The adventure really begins when our hero--at age of 14--is kidnapped at an in
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is easiest to say that this book is the Captain Hook version of Wicked by Gregory Maguire but that does a disservice to both Mr. Maguire and Mr. Pielmeier (or theoretically Mr. Cook himself as this is presented as a memoir). Similar to many of Maguire's books, this book is a different version of a well-known and loved tale. But, after that the similarities end. Maguire's work is much more intricate and high brow (in a good way). Pielmeier (or Cook, you pick) presents the tale as a memoir and ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Such a refreshing take and angle from the regular Peter pan story.
Jennifer Barzano Newman
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book!!!
Sara Lucinda
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
Who is Captain Hook? Where did he come from? This book seeks to answer your questions!

Hook’s Tale was hard for me to get into at first because of the style that it is written, frilly and long winded like Treasure Island or Robinson Crusoe, which is fine because some people like that but for me it’s hard to pay attention. If you can hang in there for the first 75 pages or so you are in for a real treat though because the story itself is very cleverly woven around the things we already
☘Tara Sheehan☘
If you’re a fan of Gregory Maguire then you should like what John Leonard Pielmeier did for the infamous Captain Hook AKA Captain James Cook. I was curious to see what he could do with a man who has always been depicted as a bit psychopathic but this author wanted to show his ‘softer side’. I figured it had to be interesting after the TV show Once Upon a Time on ABC turned Peter Pan into an evil antisocial villain.

I liked that Pielmeier wrote it in first person so we get James’ story thro
Alyssa Nelson
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I’m a sucker for Peter Pan retellings, so I was super excited to be approved for this book — I haven’t read any novels about Hook, so it’s a new, interesting take on the typical Peter Pan fairy tale.

I enjoyed learning about Hook’s backstory and general history; it was interesting to have the idea of an innocent Hook put into a 19th-century England. My favorite parts
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was drawn to the story, the idea of a sympathetic depiction of a classic childhood villain (the older I get, the more Peter Pan strikes me as a nasty little psychopath). Unfortunately, I didn't feel that the author delivered...I didn't find any true character development. I thank the publisher and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read the eARC.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Barely started it before it utterly lost my interest.
Marion Gielke
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bloody hell. Loved it :)
Zohar -
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Hook’s Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself by John Pielmeier is a reimagining of the famous play Peter Pan, this time from the point of view of Captain Hook. Mr. Pielmeier is an award winning playwright and screenwriter.

The story begins as our protagonist is kidnapped into the naval service as a cabin boy. He soon discovers a treasure map, as all good pirate kids do, and manages to get his ship into the archipelago.

During his adven
Melisende d'Outremer
I love it when the villain gets to tell their side of the story .... and in this instance, it is the tale of Captain James Cook - of Captain Hook as he became known.

Yes, this is the story one that famous piratical character that has terrified children worldwide - Captain Hook! Here, the story is told through the eyes of young James Cook, who following misfortune, finds himself pressed into service with the Royal Navy. A treasure maps leads the mutinous crew to Neverland where ".. the
Allison Salva
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I have a difficult time with these little book report stars. I enjoyed this book a lot, but I get so stressed out trying to quantify that. Was it just "okay"? Did I "like it" or "really like it"? I feel like I can't rate it higher than the Anthony Doerr I just read, because his sentences were so beautiful and the prose was just so...prosaic (sorry). But I'm starting to feel I've been a little too lenient in giving them out. So far, my philosophy has basically been that if I enjoy the book, it ge ...more
Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You
having never read Barrie's "Peter Pan" (oh, the humanity!) i can't/won't compare the two tales... as a child we watched 'Wonderful World of Disney' every Sunday night and saw 'Peter Pan' at least three times, AND i have seen 'Hook' (with Dustin Hoffman and the beloved Robin Williams) several times, so i can say i am "familiar" with the tale... having said all that, i don't see this book as a retelling, but an honest document of what really happened, a tome that carves the "original" to pieces... ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This book is well written and reminiscent of Wicked. It is a little violent for my tastes so four stars instead of five. I actually tried to stop reading a few times when it got too much but I liked the overall story so much I kept going. I love the way the author has untwined Captain Hook into London history and made me love him as a character. I listened to the audible version and the performance was very well done.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
An entertaining retelling of the Peter Pan tale from Captain Hook’s perspective. While I have never read Peter Pan, this book makes me want to for that classic was declared by Hook to be a complete fiction and this version was put to paper in order to set the record straight.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
An engaging and entertaining retelling of Peter Pan from Capt Hook's perspective. Hook's voice is clear, persuasive, and even endearing and the action is swift and often surprising. The treatment of the crocodile (Daisy) was an especially interesting twist. A fast, fun, and satisfying read.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The story was enchanting and unexpected.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Death over Eternity, Change over Certainty, and Pain over Happy Oblivion.
As far as re-tellings go, this was a good one.
Cindy Vallar
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything you think you know about me is a lie. (2)

Perhaps not everything, but the Scottish playwright doesn’t seem to have gotten a lot right, so sharing his own story finally sets the record aright. We know him as Captain Hook – a name he does use – but he is dubbed James Cook upon his birth in the Year of our Lord 1860. (’Tis the year his father is lost at sea.) Gifted with a love of reading, James discovers a true treasure amongst the many books in his father’s library: A Histor
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully entertaining and creative. Now I feel like I need to reread Peter Pan.
I received a copy of Hook's Tale from the publisher for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

If you know me at all, you know I have a love for Peter Pan that will never grow up. Also, that I tell terrible jokes. If you don't know me, then you know fairy tale retellings have only been growing in popularity--not all of them good. Hook's Tales is one of those books you would say isn't good. It's great.

Hook's Tale is narrated by the man himself, or rather, the real version of the villain. James Coo
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