Friday, February 6, 2009

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, a book review

Just finished it this evening & am trying my hand at a spoiler-free review, something I am not terribly good at.

I found the book a good light read. There is a lively cast of characters, none deeply developed but all busy and fun to follow, and the plot moves along at a nice clip. Two villains seemed over-the-top, at first, but in the end it worked out very well as they balanced each other out and events moved between them.

It is hard to reconcile the adventurous but responsible Peter of Peter and the Starcatchers with the amoral imp of Peter Pan, but one could argue that the events which led to his staying in Neverland continued to change him to the point where we meet him in Peter Pan.

Anyway, I enjoyed the book and might take a look at the sequels if the library has them.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting discrepency in his nature that you noticed. But it's just one of many discrepencies. The entire series is filled with blatant contradictions to J.M. Barrie's original stories. Peter Pan has a past, and this is NOT it. It seems as if Barry & Pearson never even read the originals.
    Though it's not a prequel, I prefer this Pan adventure:

    And here's an article on it: