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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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Jun 16, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, z-2011, photography-art, reviewed, ya

This is an odd book in that I think one of its strongest points is also one of its weakest points: the photos.

Interspersed with the text are vintage photographs -- all real, the author says, and only a few definitely doctored in some way or another. They're illustrations of a sort, and it would be safe to say that the story is built around them. That's fair -- they're pretty fascinating photos. I'm not sure, though, if the writing would do the job if the photos were removed. The narrator finds these photos and describes them...and then there they are, so he doesn't have to do much describing after all. Some characters, like the children dressed in peculiar outfits, seem inserted primarily so that a particular picture could be used. As such, the pictures sometimes overshadow the writing.

It's an interesting and unique book, though, and I love that the author played with conventions.

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