Peter David is one of my favorite fantasy/sci-fi writers, and I was looking forward to reading his new book, Tigerheart
As much as I enjoy his other books, there was no way I could have expected Tigerheart. I've been trying to figure out other writers it reminds me of - a bit of E. Nesbit... a touch of Redwall... the amorphousness of some of Patricia McKillip's fantasies... the off-beatness of The Princess Bride...
It's a retelling of Peter Pan... mostly, but also much more. The main character, Paul, goes into the Anyplace in search of what will make his mother happy, and that tells you the plot (or at least the beginning of it), but doesn't give anything away. I hate giving things away, but I will leave you a few quotes to give you a feel for the writing, which is wonderful:
Paul's father tells him stories about "The Boy:"
And, in the Anyplace:
The Boy, walking about the deck of the Skull n' Bones, a rakish-looking craft, foul to the hull. See the swagger in him as he develops his sea legs, swaying back and forth. Occasionally he will lash himself to the wheel in anticipation of a storm possibly blasting him off the deck, even though the sun is shining down upon him. Realizing then that it has missed its cue, the sun will scuttle behind clouds to accommodate him and a storm will come rolling in, pounding harshly upon him while he grips the wheel, turns it sharply, and bellows, "Stay the course, ye scabrous dogs, or every man jack of you will feel the lash of the cat before we're done!" (p. 65)
I'm going to make everyone else in the house (except younger son) read it, and, since I'm not usually pushy, that's the greatest compliment of all (maybe I'll read it out loud to younger son...)!