In the vein of Gregory Maguire’s bestselling works, the award-winning artist Brom takes us on a haunting look at the true world of Peter Pan, in his first full-length novel. From modern day New York to the dying land of Faerie, The Child Thief reveals the world of Peter Pan through the eyes of an insecure runaway who is seduced by Peter’s charm. But any dreams of a fairy wonderland are quickly replaced by the reality of life and death survival as Peter’s recruits are forced into a lethal battle in which the line between good and evil is blurred.
©2010 Brom (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
The Child Thief was interesting and cleverly written. I enjoyed the new and interesting take on a very classic story. The story is told from many perspectives, so you know how each of the main characters feel, which makes them easy to relate to. It was a fairly violent book, but it only seemed to make the book seem more authentic. The danger seemed somewhat more real when described in such detail. I couldn't listen to this book all at one. It was dark and I often had to listen to some happy music because the story bummed me out so much.I wasn't sure I'd really like the book very much, and skipped over it several times. Then I read Krampus, also by Brom, and after reading that I was hooked on his style.
All in all it was a fantastic book, that I would be happy to forget- ONLY so that I could read it again as if it were the first time.
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The Child Thief started out very strong, with a retelling of Peter Pan with modern day lost boys and girls in a dark and violent Neverland. Unfortunately, as the book moved from introduction of the first characters and the dark premise to the details of the story, the booked weakened dramatically (in more ways than one). About half way through I was just waiting for it to be over. The characters (good, bad, and in-between) were all less real then I felt necessary to support the dark and more adult storyline. The language was also overly simplistic for my taste. The vocabulary rarely strayed from elementary school level. Anachronisms really annoy me, and here they abound. Characters from many era all speak modern English. Finally I did not find a good reason for this book to have been written ??? other than the original copyright expiring.
Perhaps this book would be fine for young teen boys looking for a really gross and brutal retelling of the Pan story with some action (but not really adventure). This seemed to be written for children, except the darkness and violence might be more than many children would enjoy.
You'll find yourself cringing more than once while listening to this. Fits well in both the fantasy and horror genres. I really liked the afterward by Brom as well, it gave insight into what inspired such a twisted take on Peter and the Lost Boys. The Disneysation of Peter Pan is over! Long live the Child Thief!
I thought this book was very well written and it kept my attention, the narration was excellent. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it really is very violent and gory. In some cases it really seemed gratuitous and did not advance the plot. So, if you are squeamish you will want to avoid this one.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
Starts with Rape
I am pretty sure that no one at Audible has listened to any part of this book. If they had it would not be listed under Kids. The book starts with the rape of Wendy. We are told it is a frequent event. It is a fairly detailed account. MOVE YOUR POCKED MARKED ASSES. The book is filled with the F word and lots of cussing. Continual, almost every sentence, swearing. THREE TINY BLUE PEOPLE WERE PEEING ON ME. All of this is fine for a Horror or some modern novel on the ills of the day, but what kid is old enough to hear this?
I got the book, because of Brom and Krampus. I really liked that very adult and unusual story. A story that is based on legends in Europe. A legend where this Santa's helper goes into the houses of children who have been bad and drags the kids out of bed, puts them in a bag and carries them away. This book is extremely dark and seems to be a commentary on children who are abused. All the children in the book have been abused and are run a ways. When they run away they turn to drugs and prostitution. At one point the main character is offered a blow job for five bucks. Peter Pan is not a likeable character. He is recruiting kids to fight in a war. He leads them to Avalon (not Neverland) to train them for fighting. Many are killed just getting to Avalon and Peter does nothing to save them, as he believes only the strong should survive. Once the kids get to Avalon, life is still awful. They are bullied and mistreated, etc... I got as far as chapter nine, when the kids started Boot Camp. The book was not worth 20 hours and was starting to bore me.
Kirby Heybourne is the narrator and I have always liked his voice. He sounds similar to David Sedaris. It is an unique voice and pleasant to listen to.
Fresh, original, sinister
A fresh take on an old story is always fascinating. I love how Brom took the world of Peter Pan and turned it completely on its ear AND gave you something much more dark and violent.
I really liked the arc with Nick and the last scene between him and Peter was very well done. Unless of course you're talking about action! The scene in the swamp where Nick gets stuck in the bog is definitely a good time!
How would you like to stay a kid forever...and kill everyone?OrThis ain't your mom's Peter Pan.OrCome to Avalon...Neverland is for fairies!
The Child Thief was a great read and I looked forward to my drives to and from work just to hear more. It's dark, violent, sinister, and yet at its core, it has a heart...even if that heart is twisted and shriveled with rage and vengeance!
Great novel! Full of action and adventure, but not for children. Think it could go down in price and credits. If you decide to take a listen I don't think you would be disappointed.
First of all, this book is way more violent than anything I read led on. I kept having to pull my earbuds out when it got too gory but then I couldn't tell when the gruesome bits were over. I'm not overly squeamish, either, but this proved too much for me.
Also, in terms of performance, the narrator did something strange with his voice every time someone "screamed" or "cried" something, which happened about twice every chapter. I found it extremely distracting and it frequently pulled me out of the story.
Overall, I don't think this is a bad read, it just isn't for me. But if you, like me, have an aversion to five minute descriptions of someone's intestines being ripped out or to narrators doing strange grunt/screams mid-chapter, it might be best to skip this one.
I didn't know going in just how good this book would be. From chapter one though, I was sucked into this world of magic. I'm normally a thrill reader, love Stephen King, so this isn't my usual cup of tea, but wow. Great spin on Peter Pan. Glad I took a chance.
"A dark and terrifying version of Peter Pan"
This was my favourite book of the year. I was gripped from start to finish. I couldn't stop listening to it, finding myself staying in my car after parking it because I didn't want to stop listening.
Brom proves in this book that he isn't just a brilliant artist but also a fantastic writer. The story is daring, free-thinking and sound. The narration is superb. Everything about this book is fantastic. The characters are alive and believable, but most of all, complex. No one is pure good, no one is pure evil. Welcome to a hundred shades of gray!
A warning: this book is ADULT ONLY. It isn't sexual, but the violence is disturbing.
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