Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Book 29: Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
Title: Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
How it was obtained: It was a Christmas present for Susan (I don't remember if I bought it or if someone else bought it).
Time spent on the "to read" shelf: 2 1/2 years.
Days spent reading it: 4 days.
Why I read it: I already read (and liked) the other two books in this series, so I wanted to read this one (obviously)!
Brief review: Since this is the third book in a series, I do not want to give too much away in regards to the series. But I do want to give a little review. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon continues the popular Peter and the Starcatchers series that re-envisions the Peter Pan story.
I went into this book a little nervous about the quality. Susan and some others I know read this book and were not as impressed as they were with the first two books in the series. So I thought I would not like it as much either. However that was not the case. I actually liked it quite a bit. Right there with the second book, not quite as good as the first book.
Barry and Ridley continue to create a magical world that is fun to explore. I liked the change of scenery that this book offered (a desert instead of an island or city). This book also explains more about the origins of the Starcatchers and the Others. It even explains a little more about what the mysterious and powerful starstuff is.
In my opinion this book was definitely worth reading if you enjoyed the first two. If you didn't enjoy them, you won't enjoy this one. The only real criticism I have about this book is that, as far as plot and storytelling go, there is nothing really new here. Sure there are some new elements (new bad guy, bigger picture). But clearly Barry and Ridley have a formula going. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And I'm fine with that. This series is fun and lighthearted and is a good read for relaxing.
"You trust [Hook]?" said Peter.
"I trust him to do what's in his interest," said Leonard. "Right now it's in his interest to take us where we want to goso that we don't toss him over the side, which I have assured him we will hapily do at the first sign of treachery."
Peter smiled and was rewarded with a personalized glare from Hook.
Stars: 4 out of 5.
Final Word: (Secret!)