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Peter David

Peter David fantasy author(1956- )
Peter David has worked in television and film and he writes fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and comic books. He has worked on Star Trek, Babylon 5, The Incredible Hulk, Supergirl, Young Justice, Soulsearchers and Company, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Wolverine, The Phantom, and Sachs & Violens. Learn more about his work at Peter David’s website.

Tigerheart: One of the most charming novels I’ve ever read

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Tigerheart by Peter David

Whether you’ve read the original J.M. Barrie play or novel, seen the Disney film, eaten the peanut butter, or been exposed to any of the other countless adaptations out there, most people are probably familiar with the tale of Peter Pan and Neverland, and because of this familiarity, readers should be able to immediately connect with Peter David’s Tigerheart which is an homage to, an original retelling, and a sequel to the classic bedtime story.

As an homage, Tigerheart liberally borrows from J.M. Barrie’s classic including characters, places, and themes — names and certain elements have been changed such as The Boy instead of Peter Pan, Anyplace instead of Neverland, Captain Hack for Captain Hook, Vagabond... Read More

Masked: Superheroes move into the realm of prose

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Masked edited by Lou Anders

Superheroes — and supervillains — have always been problematic. They are usually all but impossible to kill, but have a single vulnerability that everyone seems to know about, and to aim for, a tradition that goes all the way back to Achilles (who was invulnerable because he was dipped in the River Styx as a baby — except for the ankle by which his mother held him when doing the dipping). Even after death, they always seem to come back in some form or another; Superman, for instance, has been resurrected quite a few times (though losing him led nearly 20 years ago to one of the best graphic novels ever written, World Without a Superman). Because they are so superhumanly strong, they sometimes appear ludicrous, fighting off impossible task after incredible burden after outrageous situation. No wonder authors have sometimes taken their creations... Read More

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Modern Arthur — (1987-2006) Publisher: King Arthur, the once and future King, has been called forth by the wizard Merlin to lead a land in turmoil-the United States of America. But with no throne to sit upon, Arthur must run for elective office-starting with the Mayorship of New York City…

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Sir Apropos of Nothing — (2002-2003) Publisher: They were dark and stormy knights…and when they had their way with a helpless tavern wench one terrible evening, they had no idea that the result of that twilight brutality was going to come after them years later looking to settle the score… The “result’s” unlikely name is Apropos: A rogue, a rascal, a scoundrel, a cheat…and those are his good points. Lame of leg but fast of wit, the only reason Apropos doesn’t consider chivalry dead is because he’s not yet through with it. Herewith, Sir Apropos of Nothing — his story in the words of the knave himself. Apropos, all too aware of his violent and unseemly beginnings, travels to the court of the good King Runcible, with three goals in mind: to find his father, seek retribution, and line his own pockets. However, Apropos carries the most troublesome burden a would-be harbinger of chaos can bear: He may well be a hero foretold, a young man of destiny. It is not a notion that Apropos finds palatable, having very low regard for such notions as honor, selflessness, or risking one’s neck. Yet when Apropos finds himself assigned as squire to the most senile knight in the court — Sir Umbrage of the Flaming Nether Regions, whose squires tend to have a rather short life span — Apropos is forced to rise to the occasion lest he be dragged under — permanently. His difficulties are compounded when a routine mission to escort the King’s daughter home after a long absence goes horribly awry. Suddenly Apropos finds himself saddled with trying to survive while dealing with a berserk phoenix, murderous unicorns, mutated harpies, homicidal warrior kings, and — most problematic of all — a princess who may or may not be a psychotic arsonist. Featuring a hero cut from cloth similar to that of such entertaining blackguards as Blackadder and Flashman, Sir Apropos of Nothing is a skewed version of classic, mythic adventure that is by turns hilarious and frightening, slapstick and serious, and filled with drop-dead laughs and drop-dead people.

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The Hidden Earth — (2007- ) Publisher: The Damned World once known simply as Earthhas become home to twelve races, each of which has fought the others for survival for generations beyond memory. These races, in the earliest days of humanity, had been the basis for Cyclopes, Vampires, Mermen, and other creatures of human myth and legend. But humanity has been hunted into near extinction, and only the legends live on, locked in mortal combat. And they all live in awe and fear of the all-powerful Overseer, whose authority none dare challenge. However, a new spirit has arisen among those sick of war and tired of living in fear. Some believe that it is possible for the races to become allies instead of enemies. With this new spirit has come a time of possibility, of change. Several of the races seek the legendary Orb of Light, believing it can provide an ultimate solution to all problems. The search for it will ensnare the fates of various individuals, including a human woman, Jepp; Karsen and his family of Bottom Feeders; and a desperate one-eyed leader in a kingdom of the blind, none of whom realize that the Orb was once known by a much more ominous name, or that acquiring it could lead to their complete destruction.

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Fable: The Balverine Order — (2010) Publisher: The days of magic and adventure are fading away, giving way to the age of industry and science. As the aged last Hero sits upon the throne of Albion, two friends-the privileged Thomas and his loyal servant, John- set out for the East in search of a legendary beast: the vicious, rarely-seen balverine. But their desire for adventure may be their ultimate undoing-because their quarry has just found them…

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