Sarah Rees Brennan. The Spy Who Never Grew Up. (Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 5)

Originally in : Kiss Me Deadly.

In which we find out that Peter Pan is in her majesty’s service, and whilst he has little aged, there have been some changes in Neverland. The story jars a little with an overindulgence of simile in the first couple of pages (‘like the abandoned shells of nuts eaten long ago’, ‘like bones’, ‘like jewels and children;s toy and human bones’, ‘like a kiss with no innocence in it’, ‘like a vampire exposed to sunlight’), but the distanced tone of the narrator works well, and it is gently charming.

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