Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson

I have to start by saying that I am not a fan of the Peter Pan stories. I attribute that to a general distaste for stories that have been Disneyfied. The story is told by Tinkerbell, a fairie who, unlike Julia Roberts, cannot speak and is generally ignored when she tries to warn her human friends by biting them and performing other mischief. Luckily for us she can read the minds of humans and shares their thoughts with the reader. Tink is intrigued by Tiger Lily who is taciturn, stronger, and more interesting than the other young women of her tribe.

That Tiger Lily does not communicate much makes the first half of this book drag. Wendy comes on the scene, Hook tries to take out the lost boys, Tiger Lily has to marry an odious tribe member, and the mermaids are up to their shenanigans. It seems that it is not possible to be a young woman in Neverland and not be in love with Peter. He has no less that two girls, one mermaid, and one fairie in love with him. This is what leads to the climax of the story which is as interesting as watching the tide rise, surely and inexorably.

More fun for Pan fans than anyone.

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