“Tigerheart” by Peter David
Genre: Adult/Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
Paul Dear is a good and clever boy, but he’s special in ways that even his adoring parents could never have imagined. For by day, in London’s Kensington Gardens, he walks and talks with the pixies and sprites and other magical creatures that dwell among the living–but are unseen by most. Then everything changes when tragedy strikes–and a quest begins that will lead Paul to a curio shop where a magical ally awaits him and launches him into the starry skies, bound for a realm where anything is possible. Far from home, Paul will run with fierce Indian warriors, cross swords with fearsome pirates, befriend a magnificent white tiger, and soar beside an extraordinary, ageless boy who reigns in a boundless world of imagination.
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 what I remember Barrie spoke to the reader and tried to involve them. This author is not doing it well. But then again I really get annoyed when narrators try to have “conversations” with the readers. I don’t need side stories or the narrator’s thoughts on issues. JUST TELL THE STORY. The narrator felt even odder because this is marketed/labeled as an adult book. I could kind of understand this type of narrator in a children’s book. [Side note: from what I could tell this book would be appropriate for kids. Nothing too bad, just a bit long]
I do have to say that I thought it was pretty cool that The Boy (Peter Pan) isn’t who we think he is. He’s not caring, he’s quite selfish, he’s not concerned about anyone else’s well-being, he forgets about anything to do with others quickly. He’s really not the hero that we’ve seen before. I don’t know if this would make him a “typical” boy but it’s really not what you’d expect. Paul ends up being more of a hero. He’s much more like the Peter we think of.
I found the action and the story to be pretty dull. The story should be fun and exciting! What’s not to like about adventures and Pirates? Unfortunately it didn’t work out because I found myself skimming over quite a bit of the action because I didn’t like it and couldn’t force myself to care.
The bottom line? Interesting idea but it didn’t work out for me at all.
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