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Die Seltsamen

(The Peculiar #1)

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Bartholomew Kettle wäre gern ein ganz normaler Junge, aber er findet sich hässlich – fast so hässlich wie seine Schwester Hettie. Freunde hat er keine. Wie auch? Schließlich ist er ein Seltsamer, halb Mensch, halb Feenwesen, von beiden verachtet, vor beiden auf der Hut. Besonders seit Mischlinge wie er auf mysteriöse Weise verschwinden. Eines Tages taucht eine geheimnisvol ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 26th 2014 by Diogenes (first published September 18th 2012)
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Lynn This is a BRILLIANT book and I strongly recommend that you read it. To tell you what it is about would be to spoil the experience!!!!

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Lindsay Cummings
dude's 18, and he writes like a freakin 1800's poet.(Buy this book)
Heather
To begin with this novel was well-written but not very engaging. There is a lot of ambitious world building but at times it feels cobbled together. The language while very descriptive failed to create much of an atmosphere. A lot of time is spent describing things instead of letting the reader use their imagination. The world is described very thoroughly while the characters are left with few personality traits and no features. Also more time could have been spent setting the stage in the beginn ...more
Laura
Thank God that's over.

The guy can write. He really can. But I fell asleep several times while reading this. I took a shower with it playing, and was thinking I may even fall asleep in there listening to it!! (I didn't.)

Pros: Terrific cover. Audio is very well done. He writes like a British author (a high compliment, coming from me). He seems to know England well (and he was 16 when he started writing this), yet he was born in Colorado, and now lives in Switzerland. He writes in some respects li
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Mpauli
Hello everyone, it's me, Magic! With a capital M that is. You know, the concept. When you say "It's magic" then you're referring to me.
Being the concept of magic in today's world is pretty tough. Back in the old days I was quite strong, but today. Thanks to Youtube vidoes of little kittens doing whatever little kittens do, the concept of cuteness is bigger than me. Cuteness! We used to laugh at that concept! In the Middle Ages we would have wiped the floor with...ah forget it.

So, what does the c
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Emily
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author was only 16 when he started writing this, but you really wouldn't know unless someone told you. Some beautiful metaphors and passages throughout, just very well written. Reminded me of the Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Strout in setting; the rainy and foggy portrayal of London, lots of scenes taking place at night, many magical beings around.

VERY UPSET when I finished. I read it on my Nook so I wasn't sure how close I was to the end (which can be a perk or a problem, depending on the
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Alexandra
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ich habe mich ausnahmsweise im Rahmen einer Challenge aus meiner typischen Lesekomfortzone herausbewegt, bin ins unbekannte Genre der Young/Adult-Fantasy eingetaucht und muss sagen, es war großartig!

Was hat sich dieser 16-jährige Autor (ist das wirklich möglich?) da einfallen lassen – so viel Fantasie und eine grandiose Mischung aus den unterschiedlichsten literarischen Elementen.

In Bath, England irgendwann im 19. Jahrhundert öffnet sich ein Portal, und unzählige verschiedene Feenwesen überschwe
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Aleshanee
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Sterne für eine wirklich originelle und abenteuerliche Steam-Fantasy Geschichte von einem sehr jungen Autor!

In der Nacht vom 23. September, Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, schneit es in Bath, in der Nähe von London, schwarze Federn - bis zum Morgengrauen hinterlassen sie nur noch Ruinen. Alle Menschen im Umkreis sterben und schnell wachsen die Gerüchte: Monster gehen um! Doch tatsächlich hat sich ein Portal zur Feenwelt geöffnet und Kobolde, Gnome, Satyre und die hochgeborenen Sidhe strömen aus
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Claire Legrand
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished THE PECULIAR this morning on the train. It was an absolutely FABULOUS read -- elaborate world-building, endearing (and terrifying!) characters (especially my favorite, Mr. Jelliby), and truly beautiful prose. Several scenes thoroughly creeped me out, and the ending took my breath away. Full of adventure and mystery, horror and wonder, THE PECULIAR was just that -- peculiar, and unforgettable, in the best of ways. I can't WAIT to see what happens next in this series. Love, love, lov ...more
Alison
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't care for this book for several reasons. I think the biggest problem for me was that none of the characters were really engaging to me...I didn't care for any of them, they were not terribly well developed in my opinion and I just didn't much care what happened to any of them.

This book takes place in a world where Fairies have come to England and more or less gotten trapped there. The fairies arrival resulted in a mass destruction of Bath in England so the fairies so you are imme
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Soumi
Bachmann, you rock dude.

My love and fondness for middle grade novel brought my interest in The Peculiar, and truth to be spoken; I was left absolutely and utterly mesmerized by this gripping and enchanting gothic mystery.
If you have very sweet idea of faery folks being beautiful and charming, then let me warn you, they are charming indeed but a very haunting way.

Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie are changelings, known as Peculiars and hated by both humans and Faes. When a mysterious lad
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KayvanTee
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eine tolle fantastische und spannende Welt. Voller magischer Wesen und eigenartigen Geschehnissen.
Book Whales
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted @ Book Whales

When it comes to books about fey, I always look for a good world-building. The Peculiar did not dissapoint. Stefan made a world so colorful and vivid. I don’t usually read middle-grade books, but this book became an exception. I love how it will test your imagination. A story bursting with colors, action and mystery, I was addicted.

The story took place in a world where faeries were trapped in our world and an imminent war between human and faeries is about to expl
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Nafiza
I kind of loved this book. For reasons that are completely my own and probably because I study books and analyze them and read into them far more than just the story. However before I get into those reasons, let’s discuss the book itself. The cover is gorgeous. It’s bright and interesting and sure to catch the eyes of the intended audience. And even though it does not say so in the cover or elsewhere in the synopsis (I don’t think) the book has steampunk elements that I like very much.

The beginn
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Karissa
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have wanted to read this book for some time. I ended up picking it up off of the dollar table at one of my son’s book fairs at school. It ended up being a wonderful steampunk middle grade novel with magic and mystery.

This book takes place in an alternate London where fae unwillingly fell into our world. The story follows two characters; the first is Bartholomew Kettle, who lives with his mother and sister in the faery slums of Bath. Bartholomew is a Peculiar, half fae and half human. When he s
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Brenda
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Going in I didn't really know what to expect but I've always loved the cover and premise. With a line like "don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged", I knew I wanted to read it too. It really lives up to its definition of "part murder mystery, gothic fantasy, steampunk adventure." What I wasn't expecting to find was that the book is darker then I thought it would be but not in a way that I minded. Plus, man the lady in plum turns out to be pretty creepy and whisking children ...more
Bettie☯
Sep 27, 2013 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Wanda
This book was recommended to you by Wanda

“Described as Mr Norrel for kids with a dash of the Bartimeus trilogy. Oh boy!”


sounds just my thing for a mid winter snuggled up read.

17.02,2014: dropped this down from wishlist to maybe



C.J. Milbrandt
In an England irrevocably marked by war against the Sidhe, Bartholomew Kettle must hide from prying eyes because of what he is. A changeling, born with both human and faery blood. Cowering in his mother's dingy apartment day in and day out is bad enough. But matters take a turn for the worse when he witnesses a kidnapping. Someone is snatching changelings, and he might be next.

A tense mystery in a steampunk setting with a decidedly morbid atmosphere. The vibe is gothic horror, and Bachmann's sto
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Aparajitabasu
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here


The cover draws you in..... doesn't it. Presenting The Peculiar #1 The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann.

Here is the summary of the book:

Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colo
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Brandy Painter
Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Ancient Faery lore brought into an alternate history/steampunk world? Was there any doubt that I would want to read a book with all that? Noooo. (Also the cover. Look at that cover. It's beautiful.) I'm happy to say The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann did not disappoint.

Let me start by saying Bachmann can write. Oh can he ever. Exactly the right amount of description, vivid imagery, excellent plotting. The story is fast paced and, like all the bes
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Stefi Napoleone
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro steampunk con magia tiene que ser genial. ¡Y lo es!
La idea del libro es la siguiente: en una Inglaterra alternativa hace muchos años se abrió un portal que conectó el mundo antiguo de los duendes con el mundo humano. Después de una gran batalla los humanos, el portal se cerró, y obligaron a los duendes a convivir con ellos manteniendo su magia a raya. Se logró una convivencia más o menos civilizada, pero a los hijos de un duende y un humano se los considera parias y se los conoce como s
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Bailey
He didn't care if the faeries hated him, or the people feared him. He was stronger than them.

In a different kind of world where people and faeries collide, magic is waiting to happen. It is here that Bartholomew Kettle, a Peculiar, lives in the faery slums. Like any other Peculiar, he is looked down upon and shunned. His life is formed by following the most important rule he knows: Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged. While his life has not been easy, he still holds on.
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Kim McGee
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the inventive story of this young author's debut. Stefan Bachmann wrote this when he was 16 and it is a lovely combination of gothic horror, steampunk (for all you Leviathan fans)and fairy tale. Bartholomew and his sister Hettie live in Bath where there has been an ethnic cleansing of sorts - someone is killing all the changlings and the children have gone into hiding. Bartholomew wishes for a domestic fairy against the wishes of his mum. When Hettie is taken, Bartholomew must find her a ...more
Beth
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Peculiar is wonderfully written and the worldbuilding is inventive and excellent. I do find its London reminiscent of Jonathan Stroud's London, with its fey and its Parliament, and I think the tone is similar as well - there's almost a playfulness, a love of its exciting world, circling the building dread - but it's a tone found so rarely that I welcomed it gladly.

The characterization was a bit weak, but it was redeemed by the sense that the characters were swept up in a rush of inevitabilit
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⋟Kimari⋞
This was like Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (one of my favorite books) for a younger audience. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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The Hunchback Assignments
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Aline Ramos
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muito criativo e diferente.
The Rusty Key
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. Nielsen

Recommended for: Both boys and girls, ages 10 and up if they’re particularly strong readers, but more generally, 12 and up for moderate violence against children and overall complexity of plot.

One Word Summary: Cinematic.

Eighteen year-old Stefan Bachmann said that when he was sixteen and began writing The Peculiar he simply wanted to create a story that he would have loved when he was a kid. Having read those words in a letter from the publisher o
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Trishabeth
The cover caught my eye, and it wasn't a disappointment.

It's an interesting steampunk-fantasy blend, and I've never read anything like it before, and really enjoyed it. The technology does not seem to have vehicles or 21st century technology, but instead they have carriages pulled by mechanical horses and wolves, and send letters via mechanical bird. The whole book has a very industrial vibe with a smoky mechanized London. Along with that it has many malicious and ill-treated fay. I liked the ch
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Heather Hansen
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is right up my alley! I love the steampunk and fantasy elements! It takes a little bit to catch on to the vocabulary used (fantasy and British), but keep going - it's worth it!
Shanshad Whelan
In a world where a cataclysmic event triggered the arrival of the fae in Britain 100s of years prior, the country has done its level best to mitigate the damages of magic after winning the war against the fae folk by introducing mechanical, gear laden technology to their country and putting the fairies and goblins to work in factories, until they become just one more faction of British society. Our main protagonists are a young "changeling" (in this book meaning half fae, half human)boy and a yo ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A creative and wonderful world told through a youthful mind but enjoyable by all.

Opening Sentence: Feathers fell from the sky.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

There is something about the cover of Stefan Bachmann’s The Peculiar that draws me in. This Middle Grade fantasy book has the promises of greatness, and I was very lucky to have received a copy for review. With all of the great praises of this debut, it was a surprise to hear that Bachmann wrote
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Stefan Bachmann was born in Colorado and spent of most of his childhood in Switzerland, where he graduated from the Zürich University of Arts with degrees in musical composition and theory. He's lived in Tokyo and Prague, and now lives and works in Berlin.

He's the author of several books for Greenwillow/HarperCollins, including his debut, THE PECULIAR, which was an international bestseller, a New
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