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review 2017-10-18 21:38
Great Tales of the Peculiar
Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs

I swear if Riggs had included more stories like this in his trilogy I would have ended up liking the series a lot better. We get to read about tales that are put together by one of the characters we read about in Miss Peregrine's series. "Tales of the Peculiar" is supposedly written by a former Miss Peregrine ward, Millard Nullings. I don't know if you all know about him. But he was the character that was invisible. I would suggest reading the series before this book since there is not that great of an introduction before you plunge into these tales. 

 

The Splendid Cannibals (5 stars)-Definitely a cautionary tale about greed in this one. I did like the story of a village of peculiars selling their body parts (they grow back) to cannibals who tire of eating rotting body parts. I did laugh though at the villagers trying to one up each other with how stylish their homes were getting. 

 

The Fork Tongued Princess (5 stars)-I would love to read a follow-up story about this character. A gorgeous princess with a forked tongue and scales being treated like a monster by her father and her fiancee. When she is revealed to be a monster, she eventually has to run away to seek a better life. She at one point says that she is through with princes, and when you see what she is put through, you can see why. It though is ultimately a tale of forgiveness. 

 

The First Ymbryne (5 stars)-We find out about these birds that could become humans and how they changed life better for the peculiars. I loved reading about how loops were discovered. This could have been a really cool pre-cool book for the series. But I actually like it better as a short story. 

 

The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts (4 stars)-An okay story, it was fairly short I thought. I loved the idea of a young woman who could see and speak to ghosts. She gets a pretty happy ending too. 

 

Cocobolo (5 stars)-I don't want to give anything away. But I loved this one! So original and I was worried about how it would end, but it ended happily. I think. 

 

The Pigeons of St. Paul's (3.5 stars)-Another short one compared to other stories. I think this was originally in one of the books. I don't feel like looking it up. Okay story, but compared to the other stories, not as great. 

 

The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares (5 stars)-This one made me shiver. Plus we got an alternate ending which was straight up horror when you read it. Loved it. 

 

The Locust (4 stars)-This is a tale about loving your peculiar children or bad things can happen. I liked the ending though I was surprised Riggs didn't give us another alternative horror one after the last story. 


The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea (4 stars)-I thought this was a pretty cool story. A boy who could control the sea and all of the problems it brings him. 

 

The Tale of Cuthbert (3.5 stars)-Only because I read this before I think in book #2 of the series and I already knew how it ended. 

 

I found the illustrations to be beautiful in this e-book. I would love to see the gold lettering and illustrations in a hardcover. 

 

Loved this little trip back to Miss Peregrine and her children. 

 

 

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text 2017-10-18 19:52
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs

This was a great collection of short stories!

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text 2017-10-18 16:03
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs

I am reading this for "Free Space/Creepy Raven" square. So far so good. I like this a lot more than books #2 and #3. This includes some really cool illustrations too. At least Riggs resisted the urge to put in creepy photos that it tries to make the story fit around.

 

"The Splendid Cannibals" (5 stars)-A tale of warning to those who decided that selling their body parts (they grow back) to a group of hungry cannibals can end up with you living as just a type of vegetable that they water now and again.

 

"The Fork-Tongued Princess" (5 stars)-I really wanted this princess to kick the crap out of the worthless princes she came across. I would love a longer story about her. The ending was so fun. 

 

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review 2017-09-10 10:45
Mirror, Mirror
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong

by Anthony M. Strong

 

A student goes scrounging college trash jeeps at the end of term to find treasures the rich kids have thrown away and among them finds an interesting mirror with a carved face and gold leaf. He takes it home and shows it to his nymphomaniac girlfriend when she comes over, who is rather unimpressed.

 

Some stories you don't have to see the author's name to recognise that it is written by a man. But ignoring that, I like the way the Horror aspect of this started out subtle. Mirror stories are often predictably the same in general and this was no different in that it was found in the way it was and the first inkling that something's going on comes in the form of a sound and a quick glimpse.

 

However, it did have some original twists and for a short story, it was reasonably good. The end was predictable, but done in a way that showed some skill. Not a bad effort.

 

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text 2017-08-31 20:53
Another substitution
Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane) (Volume 2) - Richard Gleaves

This is definitely my Free Square read now. The last one is proving to be a good book for the Demons square and all the possibilities I have for that one are from the free slush pile, so I'm reassigning A Latent Dark to Demons.

 

This one is second in a series about a descendant of Icabod Crane. It caught my attention when I was looking through my old cloud. The thing is, I read the first book from the series for last year's Halloween Bingo! So, this is definitely the final choice for free square. I've got a small start on it already.

 

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