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review 2017-06-24 17:26
2/5 "Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children"
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Jacob’s grandfather use to spin some stories about his own World War Two childhood, some pretty strange ones…stories about the boy who could lift rocks with one hand and the girl who could fly. As he turns into a teenager, Jacob realises they couldn’t have been true. Could they?

An entertaining read from Ransom, based on some odd Victorian photographs he’s collected over the years, the basis of which pull the story along and illustrate it nicely. Some of the pictures are very odd and disquieting. Of particular note is a dentist with no pupils or irises, and the worlds creepiest Santa. I even bought the paperback so I could see the pictures better than on my Kindle. It’s a nice novelty for a story to see the frame it’s draped on, to see the process of turning pictures into a story.

There’s nothing wrong with Ransom’s characters, and his writing style is easy on the eye, flowing along nicely. The descriptions of the Welsh island where Jacob finds himself are all nicely done as well, lending a solid and realistic feel to everything. I would have probably commented more on the bi-lingual nature of Wales, but that’s just a minor point.

So why only two stars? The problem for me was that the story was remarkably…forgettable. I finished this three days ago, and I had to check the book to look up the name of the main character before I started this review.

Nobody stuck with me; I have no urge to see where the next two books are going, where the lives of the characters are taking them next. If you asked me to name Jacob's love interest or his fathers name, I couldn’t do it.

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review 2017-06-19 04:13
"Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children: Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs

Generally, I think I liked this one just slightly less than the first. The only things I have to mention are a couple of complaints.

First, they were told Miss Peregrine had 2 days before she was stuck as a bird, so why did Jacob keep saying she had 3?

Second, They were so dumb sometimes in this one. It was so obvious that the loop they were looking for was in the crypt. I figured that out right away, but they "couldn't make heads or tails of it!" Then they thought Miss Peregrine's evil brother (who had already deceived them in a huge way once) was worth trusting, apparently, and believed him when he quickly surrendered to them. Come on, guys. That was too easy.

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review 2017-06-10 19:15
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

I had heard from at least three people that the synopsis did not accurately represent this book, so when I decided to read it because it was recommended to me by a student, I purposely did not re-read the synopsis as a reminder to what it was about. As it happens, I did enjoy Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I agree about the synopsis as well. When it says

...Miss Peregrine's children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason.

it sets the book up for being very different than it actually is.

I think the story is really creative, and I enjoyed the mystery and the time travelling. I also just love the story behind the book. I love how this story was written with genuine antique photographs as a basis. That's awesome.

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review 2017-04-24 11:14
Tales of the Peculiar
Tales of the Peculiar - Andrew Davidson,Ransom Riggs

 In much the same spirit as J.K. Rowlings The Tales of Beedle the Bard, this is meant to be a companion book of the fairy tales that peculiars learned as part of their peculiar folklore in the series Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  

 

The book is structured as authentically as possible, from the copyright page to the annotations by the editor/author/compiler of the stories, Millard Nullings, a name that might be familiar to the fans of Miss Peregrine's.  

 

The stories themselves really are morality tales and suitable for non-peculiar children too, no matter what Nullings claims (although i didn't try to read the third one backwards, out loud, so I can't speak as to the authenticity of his dire warnings).  Some of them work better than others, just like most collections of stories, but most of them were good and a couple were great.  A few petered out before they could get started.

 

My favourites were probably The Splendid Cannibals and the Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares.  

 

The book is beautifully illustrated and it's definitely something I'd read to my nieces when they get a little bit older.

 

 

 

Page count: 160
Dollars banked: $3.00

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review 2017-03-27 07:21
#22 - Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Tales of the Peculiar - Andrew Davidson,Ransom Riggs

This book of short stories was really lovely. All the tales were creepy and really great and the illustrations were stunning!

 

A short and pleasant read.

 

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