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Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

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Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#1  Postby Dphaber » 08 Oct 2013, 15:07

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Autobiography of Peter Pan" by RP Brockman.]

I'm going to be upfront here – The Autobiography of Peter Pan, by R.P. Brockman, is by far the best book that I've had the privilege of reading though this site. It takes J.M. Barrie's classic story of the boy who wouldn't grow up and tells the reader the whole, “true” story of Pan's life. Covering an impressive historical range, it begins in the 1700's and brings Peter almost to present day by the end, I can honestly say that while I may have been uncomfortable at one or two changes to the story I was nevertheless always fascinated by the new detail Brockman offers.

First off, changes are certainly made to the original story. The logic for this is largely based on the idea that Peter Pan actually knew Barrie, and (without Pan's permission) the latter created the story from the mostly “true” explanations given by the former. I didn't feel that it took away from either story at all, and in fact made the Autobiography much more interesting in that you get to see where Pan may not have been entirely truthful.

In self-publishing, it's extremely common for even the best of books to have a large percentage of spelling and grammatical errors that tend to slip through. Without a professional editor, this is to be expected and in reasonable amounts does not take away from the story. I'm thrilled to say that Brockman's book reads as smoothly in both style and editing as any professionally published book I've ever read. The writing is skilled, clear, and almost entirely clear of distracting errors. I want to emphasize that I was extremely impressed by the talent expressed in the writing of the entire book.

Lastly, I'd like to make a bit of a contradictory statement. The Autobiography of Peter Pan was an incredibly fun read, but it was also in many ways very serious and at times even a bit depressing. Keep in mind that, despite Peter Pan's physical age, in this story he lives for centuries. Many of the more serious pieces of the story tend to fly under his radar, but they are present regardless. You get to see Pan mature emotionally throughout the book, which came as a pleasant, if rather abrasive, surprise.

Overall, I can't really find anything to complain about in any aspect of Brockman's novel. It was interesting, well-written, and just overall enjoyable. If I could give it a score of 5 out of 4 stars I would, but as it stands I'll have to settle with a score of 4 out of 4 stars. I would absolutely recommend it.

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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#2  Postby Sine_Ni_Ceallach » 12 Oct 2013, 14:15

I really, really want to read this now!!
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#3  Postby legodfre » 13 Oct 2013, 20:29

Sounds like an interesting take on the classic. Can't wait to read myself.
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#4  Postby marissa_in » 13 Oct 2013, 23:42

I need to read this!
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#5  Postby caburden » 15 Oct 2013, 16:45

I have always been huge Peter Pan fan, so needless to say, I SO WANT TO READ THIS!!!! :D
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#6  Postby Tigania » 21 Oct 2013, 17:32

Sounds really good!
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#7  Postby Plehr » 07 Nov 2013, 05:21

Wow this sounds interesting.
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#8  Postby mishmish » 19 Nov 2013, 00:45

Damn! This sounds rad!
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#9  Postby sarahcraig43 » 02 Dec 2013, 17:14

Initially I had no interest in reading this book. However, since the above review I have changed my mind! Can't wait to get my hands on it.
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#10  Postby jcheiser » 04 Dec 2013, 21:42

I want to read this! Where can I buy it?
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#11  Postby dmarie29 » 07 Dec 2013, 02:46

wow this sounds like my kind of book. I hope to be able to read it.
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#12  Postby Reader B » 09 Dec 2013, 20:44

This sounds like a really fun read. It'd be great to get Pan's back story.
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#13  Postby lovebooks10 » 07 Jan 2014, 22:37

Your review is so positive i'll have to check it out. I know this is not for my daughter, but we have been watching peter pan movies lately!
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Re: Official Review: The Autobiography of Peter Pan

Post Number:#14  Postby vickie kern » 11 Jan 2014, 00:37

After reading this post it really makes me want to read this book.
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