Stefan Yates's Reviews > Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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Feb 14, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from February 14 to 18, 2012 — I own a copy

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an entertaining, different and very well-put-together novel and an all-around great introduction to a new author. The story is a sort-of Science Fiction/Horror/Fantasy all rolled into one and is told to great effect using mostly authentic old photographs to supplement the story by providing amazing visuals of the "peculiar" people and events of the story. It makes me wonder if the author created his story to fit the photos that he and other collectors had found or if he wrote his story and found the right pictures to fit (or some combination of the two.) Either way it made for a fascinating and fast-paced novel that I found extremely difficult to put down and I eagerly await a sequel so that I can further follow the adventures of these "Peculiar Children."

In terms of style, the main character and feel of the book were a bit reminiscent of Joe Hill's recent novel Horns and the style of the book did bring to mind Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. However the book itself is not in any way a copy of these two works or any other. It is a wonderfully unique story and presentation that brings the characters to life in a way that most other novels do not.

I highly recommend Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
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Jeanine Not only is it a great story, the creepy pictures add in a whole other level....

Mike Think the fact the pictures are real Victorian ones helps!!

message 3: by Jeanine (last edited Feb 28, 2013 08:42AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jeanine Absolutely Mike. Victorians had some awesome/creepier than creepy pictures. Especially the pictures of the dead. *shiver*

Mike I a weird way I really want to read this book now :O

I did watched a programme ages ago (I say watched sat mortified) about the Victorian Dead Photographers, the famlies actually sat with the deceased to have their photos taken.

Jeanine Have you ever seen The Others with Nicole Kidman? Dead pictures. They also had tons of mourning jewelry; lockets with the deceased's hair in it. That totally creeps me out. The book, by the way, is pretty darn good.

Anya Scoble-hansen The SEQUAL comes out soon! I've been waiting for two years now...

Jeanine Anya, I'm looking forward to it; can't wait to see what pictures this time.

Stefan Yates I hadn't heard that yet! Thanks for sharing!

Karisa I as well had a hard time putting this book down, and am truly hoping that there will be a sequal. I think putting the pictures into the book to help show what the peculiar children looked like was an amazing idea. It really helped me as a reader to understand what these peculiar children were like. I find it amazing that he was able to create this story around these pictures or as you had suggested, found the pictures that went with the story. Either way he did an amazing job, and I can not wait to read more stories by this new author.

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