Another Pan Hardcover – Sep 14 2010
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About the Author
Daniel Nayeri has held many book-related jobs, including editor, literary agent, and children’s librarian. He is also a professional pastry chef and award-winning stuntman. His sister, Dina Nayeri, is a former teaching fellow in economics who holds both an MBA and a master’s of education from Harvard University. Both were born in Iran and now live in New York City and Amsterdam, respectively.
Top Customer Reviews
I loved this book almost as much as the first in the series! In fact, I think I loved the story even more but I didn't find it to be the page-turner that Another Faust was. This was more of a slow read, one that kept me interested and I loved falling into the world, but somehow it did have a slow pace. I'm not sure if this is the book's fault or my own as my mind has been all over the place so close to Christmas. But fast or slow paced who cares? I loved Another Pan!
Professor Darling is a teacher at the Marlowe school. Both his children attend, Wendy and John Darling; this is his first year at the high school. There are a few new Resource Assistants this year and one them is named Peter. Professor Darling's history class revolves around Ancient Egyptology and a particular set of 5 myths and artifacts in which he alone believes prove that the Egyptian god of the Dead was not Anubis but a female. Peter is at the school looking for bonedust from a certain set of 5 mummies which when ground together will provide the elixir of permanent youth. So far he's managed to slow the aging process considerably with the dust from one such special mummy. It seems the underworld has attached itself to Marlowe along with a new mousy, plain looking school nurse with a strange eye. Wendy and John join Peter and his crew of Lost Boys (in place all over the world and naturally at Marlowe as well) in entering the underworld and trying to retrieve the mummies and fighting (or tricking) the guardians of each after they hear and study each myth to help them locate the point of entry in Marlowe to the correct place in the underworld.
It is with the nurse that the connection with the previous book comes.Read more ›
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You'll recognize all the characters in this story - Peter, the Lost Boys, Wendy and John Darling - yep, they're all in there. Now combine those characters with Egyptian curses, a posh New York school, and you'll find yourselves on a whole new adventure.
I must admit that I was not a fan of Another Faust - I read it and, sadly, I did not like it. So when I heard of Another Pan, I decided to give the Nayeri's one more chance at winning me over. While there were many aspects of the novel that I did enjoy - the romance between Peter and Wendy, the modern-ness of the whole thing, I loved that the Lost Boys would text "happy thoughts", even the mystery of the The Book of Gates and how it played into the storyline - I still did not fall for this book... and I'll explain why. Firstly, it started off really slow. I mean I was 100 pages in and it was still very slow for me. Secondly, I really liked Wendy as a character - she was strong, faithful, she had charisma, was quirky and I really liked that she stood her ground when she believed in something. This is the Wendy you meet for the first half of the book. Somewhere along the way we lose that Wendy. For the second half of the book I found her to be whiny, she forgets about her wishes, dreams, etc. and somehow her thoughts only revolve around Peter... this really annoyed me. I hate that girls will drop everything at the drop of a hat for a guy... ugh. Then there was John Darling - my gosh that boy was driving me insane. He used too much slang and was just too annoying for his own good.
I loved the idea of this book. The premise was fantastic- and the Peter Pan-ness of it was what really seduced me into reading it. But in the end it just didn't work for me.
For those of you wondering - this is the second book in Daniel & Dina Nayeri's "Another" series. The first being Another Faust. Some of the characters from Another Faust make cameo appearances and the school where Wendy and John go to is the same one (Marlowe) from Another Faust as well - but that's where the similarities end. So, no, you do not have to read Another Faust in order to enjoy Another Pan.
The decriptive language in Another Pan was just so vivid, the modern-ness refreshing, and reading about Peter, the LBs, Wendy, John, and Tina was an absolute delight. The only part I was mildly annoyed about was the beyond-irritating assistant, Simon. The thoughts and dreams that were written about made his character more realistic, true, and I will admit that the story might not have been as good if he were not incorporated into it, but still...
The point is, I loved this book and will cherish it always.
Another character in this book that annoyed me was John Darling....sigh that kid had some problems. and that gangsta talk...gag me.Also It felt as if Tina,Peters...um...woman i guess you could call it, was a two dimensional character, she really didn't pop. Poor Connor, he just seemed to be thrown into the mix just so Wendy would have a boyfriend and so Wendy Darling could have a little drama added to her life. You don't really see the relationship between the two. Like in the book Conner and Peter get in a fight, because Peter is holding Wendy's hand and Conner walks away and tells Wendy "we are through"....um what was there to begin with? You didn't see anything, when people comment that Wendy is seeing Connor....i wondering how is that possible if they are never shown in the book as a couple. other than the first few chaps. maybe thats just me.
On the bright side i thought the story/plot was beyond breathtaking and surprising, i wasn't expecting Egypt to played into it all, which was a sweet surprise because i love anything pharaoh/ Egyptian style.
overall the characters are what mostly annoyed me but the plot was ingenious and i give the authors kudos for doing that!
First things first – this is a well written, moderately exciting (though awkwardly paced) fantasy adventure novel. It has love triangles, mysteries, and snarky teens galore. The ‘happy thought’ interludes are a nice bit of narration and the authors move between points of views in a way that should be messy but somehow works. It does not have much character development or meaningful character interactions, but if you’re in the mood for a quick read where you’ll be ten steps ahead of your protagonists the entire way, this is certainly a book for you.
I started this book as an audiobook (performed by the very talented Katherine Kellgren) and did not realize it was part of a series until around half way through when I figured out I was going to get no help in understanding where the imposter nurse/death goddess actually came from (what happened to the real nurse again…?) That said, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on too much, and I’m not sure if that speaks to the strength of the novel as being stand-alone, or as a weakness in the series as a whole…
So we have the classic cast of Peter Pan set in modern-day New York, where Mr. Darling teaches at a private school where his classically trained in the art of museum-curating and knowing all things of Egyptian history children, Wendy and John (and…Michael?) attend. The classic tale is blended with an Egyptian history-mystery adventure quest for eternal life that – you would think – should complement Peter Pan’s neverland dream of being a boy forever in a new and interesting way.
Somehow, it doesn’t.
First problem: this book suffers from an over-present narrator. The audience is told too many things and not allowed to experience most of it. For example: the school gets creepier and dirtier. You’ll be told this through many, many, many paragraphs of exposition many times. How is it creepier? Oh you know – darkness, moths and general creeeeeepinessss. But did I ever feel creeped out? Not really.
But the biggest problem by far is the characters. John manages to be a boy genius and a doofus at the same time who can’t decide if he wants people to like him or hate him. You end up hating him. Wendy is somehow a sensible and practical young woman who suddenly melts into a floozy. You would think this would mean the characters are dynamic, and maybe with a little more finesse (or effort) from the authors, they could’ve been. Instead they seemed weighed down by the Pan reference and not allowed to grow past it in any kind of meaningful way. I almost forgot about Tina/Tinkerbelle, mostly because she is so flat and forgettable. Reviewers have already mentioned how unlikeable Peter is. Peter is supposed to charm Wendy into living out one last childhood adventure (remember? The retelling classic tales agreement?) Instead, his worldwide gang of ruffians and his obsessive quest for the means of eternal life puts him only a nose ahead of He-who-must-not-be-named himself. And somehow we’re asked to believe Wendy falls for Peter after she’s forced allow John to be mutilated by a woman with a hook, then wait for Peter to paw her brother’s bloody, unconscious body for his phone so he can callously check his texts messages before helping him in anyway.
In fact, the entire story seems weighed down by the Pan allusion, but it’s never clear why: there’s not much in clever references or even an appreciative nod to the themes of the original source material. For instance – why cast Simon as the ticking crocodile? Shouldn’t he have some kind of meaningful relationship to the death goddess, who references captain hook? It feels lazy, and by the end of the book, I felt the “Pan” rewrite was just a gimmick. The story would’ve been better without it, because at the very least, it wouldn’t have been getting my hopes up.
Quick & Dirty: Myth, fairy tale, contemporary high school drama, and the paranormal combine in a fast-paced and chilling adventure through space and time.
Opening Sentence: All nights come to an end–that is to say, all nights see the break of day.
By far my favorite of the Another series for several reasons. Daniel and Dina Nayeri built on the first book of the series but added so much more. Familiarity with the story of Peter Pan definitely added to the enjoyment of this book. The authors were able to take a basic storyline, combine it with their original premise, and turn it into something that is everything the first book was missing. The characters are much more believable, there is mortal peril, and in general, there is just a lot more going on to keep the reader entertained. This book can stand alone apart from the series without losing much understanding, but because there are actual, but somewhat vague, references to the Egyptian myth in Another Faust, the plot for Another Pan seems to make more sense as a whole as part of the series. Although this book was longer in pages, it was a page-turner and did not take long to read.
Peter is, as he should be, the intriguing character of this book. He is so charismatic that he even has an actual following of lost boys, plus Tina, who is loyal to a fault and comes complete with a envy of Wendy. Peter is updated to modern times, and has a fancy cell phone to prove it. He, along with the other characters, is surprisingly believable, even given his youthful demeanor. Although Peter seems perhaps more selfish than he does in the fairy tale, his own upbringing by his “nanny” make his situation seem especially plausible. And this slightly darker version of Peter just seems to fit right into this slightly darker fairy tale of a book.
Wendy and John have some serious flaws, not damning flaws as we saw with the teenagers in Another Faust, but regular, trying to fit in, trying to find romance, trying not to be too nerdy, regular teenager flaws that any and all teenagers have and therefore, we all can relate to. They are also wishing for something more exciting, a way to escape the mundane high school problems, and they find exactly that. What really drives the book is their eagerness to please someone they both look up to as a hero, to the point that they make some pretty stupid choices, just to be a part of something rebellious and fun. Their relationship with their father is definitely relatable and realistic. He is the opposite of cool and the opposite of rebellion, and his children suck up just enough to not get in serious trouble, but go behind his back at every turn. The only part I found slightly annoying is that Wendy and John’s last name is actually Darling and a lot of attention was drawn to that, which made me wish the connection was just a little toned down in that aspect.
In addition to the Peter Pan premise, and keeping in line with Madame Vileroy, who turns out to have many personas and goes by several names, the authors have thrown in a series of Egyptian myths, which miraculously, actually fit into the rest of the story line without compromising the integrity of the rest of the book. Everyone’s past and how they fit into the storyline is explained by the end of the book, which just makes the reader feel like they were a part of this adventure. Everything goes so well together, this time the well-educated authors create something that is delightful for teens and adults alike. There is definitely a creepiness factor to this book. Still not too creepy, but a little creepier than the first book in the series, Another Faust. Without giving anything away, especially the part where the hook comes in, this book gets pretty creepy but without trying too hard. That’s mostly just how Another Pan is in general, it is just superb how the authors did so much without making it seem like it is trying to hard.
Wendy and John turned back down the all, toward the exit. as they crept quietly along, Wendy’s eyes kept darting back and forth, trying to spot the source of that feeling of almost being touched. Suddenly, in the shadowy far end of the dark hall, a hooded figure seemed to appear. Someone small, a woman or a girl, glided into their line of vision gracefully, like a witch, then just as quickly disappeared into one of the classrooms. Before the phantom was gone, Wendy thought she saw her turn, and she glimpsed a broken blue eye–like one she thought she had seen somewhere before . . . but where? Maybe on TV? Or on someone she had forgotten, someone unremarkable and small . . . someone easily forgettable in the course of her important daily routines. An eye not quite human. The sight of it made all the blood in Wendy’s body go ice cold, full of jagged edges pricking from the inside. She wanted to scream, but she held back. They stumbled backward into the main corridor toward the barricaded door.
FTC Advisory: Candlewick Press provided me with a copy of Another Pan. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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