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Another Pan (Second of Another) Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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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!
I don't want to give anything away (so don't continue reading if you don't want to get a little background info on the book :D) but the characters continue onto this book. Not the five main ones but a few of them do have a role in this one. Just like the last one, it is centered around high school students and ... magic!! LOL, guess that would be the word for the first book, in this one it is more like another universe exist and the main characters try to solve a puzzle going in and out of it.
The only thing I wish that would have changed in the color of the book binding. I have the first one and the binding is completely black but this book is more of a grayish black. It used to bother me a bit but now I'm kinda over it since the book cover is covering it but I still wish they would change it. Can't wait till I read the next one, Another Jekyll, Another Hyde!
If anyone needs any information about the book, just leave a comment and I would be more than happy to help!
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