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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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Jun 02, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2012
Read from April 26 to June 02, 2012

I think i would have to say i enjoyed the book's premise more than the story itself. The story is solid: after a close relative dies under unusual circumstances, sixteen-year-old Jacob begins to wonder if all the tall tales he heard as a boy (and the odd photos he was shown that seemed at the time to corroborate them) were actually true. And when he journeys to Wales and meets Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children for himself, he finds the truth to be even stranger than he imagined. What makes the book unique is the photographs. The author has constructed the story around an assortment of "found" photos (like writing a found poem from scraps of language), so that the story fits around these (often incredibly odd or even creepy) vintage photos. And for a while the story has the same eerie, creepy feel of the photos. But that's pretty hard to sustain, and Ransom Riggs struggles to do so. By the end, its just an okay story with a typical stand off with an underdeveloped villain and the promise of a sequel. It's worth reading, though, if only for the rather clever story-telling conceit.

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Susan Really enjoyed this book. What do you think?

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