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The Child Thief

The Child Thief by Brom
So- I am only to chapter 5 of this book and already I am in love with it. What all the hoopla is about: This is a re-telling of Peter Pan but from the perspective of Peter being a more.... ambivilent character? He loves the children he takes, but he is actually using them for soldiers in a war to save Neverland (which isn't such a nice place... the pirates are cannibals and there's all sorts of stalky and bitey beasties roaming the woods). Neverland, or Avalon as it's called in this book, is full of fae and other monsters from legend (lots of Celtic influence).  
Anyway, Peter goes into the real world to take the abused and neglected children of the world so if reading about that sort of stuff bothers you, I don't think this is for you.
I think what really intrigues me is that Brom was inspired to write this from a few lines in the original (not the one you get in children's book stores, the unedited version) story. Peter talks about thinning out the children in the original, but never mentions exactly how this is done. In the original Peter also simply kidnapps the children he wants but then later has to thin them out? Combined with the line of Peter saying, "To die will be an awfully big adventure." Brom came up with this darker version where the children Peter takes have to fight to survive; where Peter's sociopathic tendencies are far more apparant and not covered in Barrie's prose. (Brom) 
http://www.amazon.com/Child-Thief-Novel-Brom/dp/0061671339/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270761538&sr=1-1

I have to say, Brom has got to be a favorite of mine, even if I am uber jealous that he can both draw and write >.> 

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mikanis_hatter
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
The unedited version...hmm, I wonder how one can get that. I know Barnes and Noble has a collection of Barry books that were rather interesting. I shall have to check out Brom. I am rather jealous that he can both write and draw too.
mahina_ballari
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
the other one of his I really love is The Plucker- but this one is soon matching it!
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