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Tigerheart Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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"By far the most charming and clever reimagining of the Boy Who Never Grew Up story that I have ever encountered. Readers of all ages, prepare yourselves for a very big adventure."--Terry Brooks, author of The Elves of Cintra
"Peter David sees the world a bit differently from everyone else-strangely, wonderfully, stunningly differently. Reading Tigerheart gave me the feeling of walking a comfortably familiar road, but seeing things from angles I never knew existed. A beautiful, delightful story."--R.A. Salvatore, author of The Orc King
"David has blended the best of Victorian fairy tales with his own brand of originality, and produced a stunning novel. . . . The best book I've read in a long time."--The Davis Enterprise
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Peter David is famous for writing some of the most popular of the original Star Trek: The Next Generation novels, including Imzadi and A Rock and a Hard Place. His original works include the Arthurian novel Knight Life and the quirky werewolf story Howling Mad. He single-handedly revived the classic comic book series The Incredible Hulk and has written just about every famous comic book superhero. He collaborated with J. Michael Straczynski on the Babylon 5 comic book series, and with Bill Mumy, he created the Nickelodeon television series Space Cases. In his spare time, he writes movie screenplays, children's books, and TV scripts (including Babylon 5). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The Peter Pan figure in this work is called "The Boy," and the power of his imagination is immense. It fuels the very existence of "The Anyplace" (this work's version of Neverland) and all the magical creatures who inhabit it. But sheer imagination can fail, as it ultimately does here. The hero of this work is Paul Dear, who has encountered reality in some of its grimmer aspects. His baby sister has died. His mother's grief at her loss causes her to neglect Paul and ultimately leads to the failure of her marriage. And Paul wants to fix it all. Through his dreams he too has encountered the power of imagination, and he enters its realm to find solutions. This book does a beautiful job of balancing the contrasting powers of imagination and reality and weighing them each against the other. And Paul ultimately discovers that he needs both to succeed in his quest.
This work is clever and cleverly written. A previous reviewer pointed out that the mode of the book is more that of a story-teller than that of a novelist, and I agree with her completely. All the authorial intrusion into the narrative, his comments on the meaning of it all, his suggestions as to what may happen or must happen next are the devices of a story teller. They amuse, instruct, and interpret for the reader. They also lead to my problems with the novel. Essentially it seemed to me just to go on too long. Ultimately when the authorial voice intruded into the narrative yet again, I began to feel "Enough already." Also I was never quite certain who the novel's intended audience actually was. While I loved the working out of Paul's relationship with his Tiger in the Anyplace and what it had to say about imagination, I found some of the action that took place there a bit tedious for an adult reader. On the other hand it this really appropriate for children? While children can in general accept any amount of mayhem if couched in imaginative terms, the death of the baby sister, the changes in Paul's mother, the failure of his parents' marriage seemed far too real and far too grim for the more sensitive children I know.
I had a hard time putting this book down, the story was told in such a way that it made you think about life and what we leave behind when we forget what it is like to be a child again.