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
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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.
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.
Retelling of classic tales can be intriguing, but Brom's "The Child Thief" is sophomoric. The book begins with the telling of Wendy's repeated rapes and moves on to a sought drug deal, all the while peppered heavily with the worst of obscenities.
I'll never purchase a Brom book again.
(The narrator was the only quality component of my experience.)
Everything, from the new take on peter pan story itself to the wonderful narrator. you would never guess its only one person reading. wasn't much on the Disney version but this was very interesting and new twist with much darker side. however don't be mistaken this is not a children's book.
yes. one of my favorite narrators.
not sure but would definitely go see this if they made it into a movie.
At the very end of the book there was a part where music started playing very faintly and then it got louder and louder and at first I didn't realize it was coming from the book so I'm looking around not paying attention to the ending. Also there were some molestation stuff that was disturbing to listen to.
The author did a WONDERFUL job forming all of the legend and folklore found in this story. I have always loved the darker concept of Peter Pan, but this Peter, by far, takes the cake.
My favorite part about it would have to be how everything is described- perfect enough to create pictures in your head as if all of these events happened right before your eyes. I almost cringe and some of the more disturbing parts because of how well I could picture it.
I am not really a reader , so I am very glad to have found this book in audio form - with a very good performer / reader I might add - My fiancee and good friend where just raving about how good it is. I defiantly see why now! I recommend this book to any one who loves the darker side of Peter Pan or to anyone that loves a good haunting fantasy!
There is give and take. The book has art by Brom which is beautiful, but the audio has Kirby and his adept skill at reading and pronouncing words and names I wasn't sure on.
There are a lot in the book and all of them dark and dreadful and if I were to explain them, it would ruin the surprises of the book. But I will say one, Ulfger being flogged butt naked by Peter in revenge for when they were kids was kinda funny.
He has a very nice voice, one that doesn't drone on and on and one that holds emotion and inflexion to the voices he uses. He is also able to create a wide range of discernable voices with the large cast of characters the book has and I rarely got lost on who was talking at what point.
Not really, although the ending did really surprise me considering they were a main character throughout the book. Then again, this book is very dark.
Like the title of the review says, this is nowhere near a book for children. It opens up talking about statutory rape of the character I believe to be Cricket later on in the book. It freely talks about killing and drugs and other topics that kids below the age of sixteen really shouldn't be listening to.
Aside from that, it is a really great book and deals with such conflicts in an interesting manner, especially since it is kids who have to deal with such things in the book. The presentation of different morals and ethics and how the characters try to deal with them in their own ways, not to mention Kirby capturing the emotion of the characters and expressing them clearly in his reading. It all helps to create clear scenes in the mind.
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