Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the co...more
I think.... well that's what I got out of it and I think I'll stick to that :) (less)
For example, a picture of two children holding hands would start this story of friendship, which would then grow with every picture, introducing grander stories and dragons, unicorns, whatever the pictures gave me.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children reminds me of that.
This story, for me, feels completely disj ...more
(I don't think what follows is a spoiler, but am marking it as such anyway as some people think it is.)
for elementary school kids.
Yes, the book tries to pretend it is something else, embellishing itself with creepy and weird vintage photographs
but the reality is, it is nothing more than a regurgitated version of X-Men. (hide spoiler)]
Rarely do I come across a book that is as far from what it aspires ...more
It definitely was a slow moving book, but the plot really held my attention and I loved the use of the pictures. Sometimes I felt like he tried a little too hard to make the pictures perfectly fit into the story which made it a little awkward to read, but they still made the reading experience more interesting. The book really rea ...more
The poor execution of a good idea is just so upsetting to me.
The main problem with this book is that the entire time I was reading I felt like a high school English teacher grading a student's paper, when in fact I am not a teacher or anyone who majored in English or writing. If I am simply a normal reader thinking this, then who the hell was working as the editor?? Did they not bring up these issues? Clearly the several people the author listed in his acknowledgements couldn't have ...more
A few creepy pictures and some weird people do not a horror tale make, and honestly, that's all the story is. It's a book about stories, and too much attention is focused on the telling of those stories instead of developing the actual plot. As a result, the tale fell flat for me. It wa ...more
One thing I can say I enjoyed was the photographs- they're scattered throughout the book, all black and white and remarkably creepy. They add a nice eery touch to the story and gives it a really unique ...more
Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children is no horror story.
This is precisely why I decided to give this book a go. Horror is my never-go-near genre. It represents for me what Lord Voldemort represents for the students of Hogwarts: infinite nightmares. So when I read that this bestseller steers clear of the nightmarish stuff, I couldn’t have been happier.
No creepy, eerie, ominous atmosphere. When you do sense a bit of that, 1- it never lasts too long and 2- it feels so forced that it ends u ...more
My grandfather had described it a hundred times, but in his stories the house was always a bright, happy place—big and rambling, yes, but full of light and laughter. What stood before me now was no refuge from monsters, but a monster itself, staring down from its perch on the hill with vacant hunger. Trees burst forth from broken windows and skins of scabrous vine gnawed at the walls like antibodies attacking a virus—as if nature itself had waged war against it—but the house seemed unkillable...more
Have you ever played that game where one person starts a story and stops mid-sentence and the next person in the circle has to pick up the story? That's how reading this book felt, only instead of jumping from disjointed person to person, it jumps from disjointed photograph to photograph.
Too bad because it started off fantastic. I loved the writing, the humorous way Riggs has with descriptions, and the old-fashion carny photos were a nice touch. I especially loved the analogy of an orph ...more
I actually grabbed this book because I loved the movie.
And I watched this movie because, yes, I love anything fantastical and magical...
...but mostly, I watched it because I adore Eva Green…
God, I love her.
...and I will literally watch any movie she’s in.
Because, as I said…obsessed.
Isn't she fierce?
Anystalker, after watching the movie – which I don’t even know why I loved so much, I just did – I really wanted to read the book.
Ya’ll know how that ...more
This is the first book in the trilogy of the same name than the title of this very book.
THE PECULIAR X-MENISH
We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them becomes too high.
This was a book hard to rate, since it provoked some contradictory feelings.
I enjoyed a lot the concept of creating a new “world to be discovered” in an era where it’s supposed that everywhere was already explored, along with such unique (for not saying “particulars”) char ...more
Wow...I had no idea what I was missing!!!! I think it's wonderful!!! The AUDIOBOOK made the difference for 'me'. I've had the hard copy for a couple of years--but kept putting it off. The print is small in the book - and jumping around looking at the pictures without having read the story didn't mean anything 'yet'. NOW THEY DO!
So, I started with the AUDIOBOOK. I can't imagine anybody not being drawn into the story immediately. I was almost in tears b ...more
Jacob is the sixteen year old narrator, and he is intelligent, funny, realistic and perceptive. He is very close to his secretive grandfather, who used to tell him fantastic tales of his youth, and the children's home where he grew up. These tales wer ...more
More photos and event recap on the blog. http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2016... Winona Ryder was there, and it was kind of strange to see her again after seeing STRANGER THINGS so recently, heh.
I really enjoyed the film, btw! And now I must acquire a copy of the book to read. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this mysterious fantasy!
Jacob’s grandfather always used to tell him stories about his childhood. About a children’s home filled with kids who all had wonderful and strange capabilities; from invisibility and super strength to having two mouths or a ...more
It doesn’t hurt me to say that I have watched the movie before I read the book. What hurts me to say is that even though I loved the book, I enjoyed the movie way more. But I am not here to compare the book and the movie, because I loved them both in a different way.
‘’I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.’’
Jacob was raised by his grandfather, who told him stories about the amazi ...more
I liked the inclusion of old, weird photographs throughout the book, especially the way they were placed - you would read an offhand description of something odd, turn the page, and there was the photo showing exactly that. I liked that part, and the photos were always a pleasant surprise, even though I spent way too much time trying to figure out how they had been faked.
But there were just too many stumbling blocks for me to really enjoy this book. The biggest and most obvious is ...more
So I'm a little disappointed that the cover of the book doesn't match up with the tone for much of it. It was written too modern and I felt like it was a mismatch to have such classic photography throughout. I kept looking back to the cover while reading like:
Second most of the characters are just plain boring. Jacob has the gift of seeing monsters... lame. He's a pretty flat ch ...more
A boy, a death, a monster in the shadows. Everything leads to a far-away island with an abandoned orphanage. Here it is for the boy to uncover secrets and threats he couldn't have possibly imagined.
What took me so long to read this? Probably the fact that someone else snatched this book away from me whenever I was at the library.
Rigg's first novel was fascinating and had an intriguing dark twist to it.
Many of th ...more
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Woaaah. Also, the sequel is going to be bendigedig!
TERRIFYING. Originality. Kick-ass taids! Creepy but adorable children. Fairy tales… or are they? WW11. Cymru. Culture and heritage. Time-travel. Crumbling old houses. League of Gentlemen-esque locals. Ghosts, spooks and fire-throwers, OH MY. And, my favourite part of this book, the beautiful photos. Looki ...more
Very disappointed not only in reading this nicely-packaged "novel", but to learn that Tim Burton is directing its celluloid equivalent. GAG. Will someone use good novel material already!
After my time with it--in which the reader silently prays that more photos will be included, less prose--I am left like a kitten rolled around in thorns. Too many to pick at, I guess I find the biggest fault (a biggie) in the inconsistency of voice. The n ...more
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a contemporary fantasy debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. The story is told through a combination of narrative and vernacular photographs from the personal archives of collectors listed by the author.
As a child, Jacob Magellan Portman has been fascinated with his grandfather Abraham's stories about surviving as a Jew during World War II, runn ...more
I totally ruled at this game, and am still willing to take on all comers.
So, this book reminds me quite a bit of that game. The author found some bizarre vintage photos, mostly old circus pictures or early experiments in trick photography:
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