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Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
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Too impatient to order a copy and wait and too lazy to go to a physical store (the ones here are pitifully understocked anyway), I finally made use of the free Audible trial. I must say, I found whoever voiced Millard Nullings painfully contrived (almost Thomas the Tank Engine-like). The rich baritone of the main narrator also resulted in cringeworthy renditions of the young female characters' emotive dialogues, but he did enunciate the rest of the book quite beautifully.

As for the book itself, the stories were good, but most not remarkably so. I already mentioned The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares in my status updates, and The Splendid Cannibals offered a unique and gripping spin on a fable against greed, but the rest simply provided relatively light (though not without grisly elements, as fables are wont to have) entertainment. Fans of the original series will be happy to find two tales first seen in Hollow City (The Tale of Cuthbert and The Pigeons of St Paul's), but as I had said, no prior experience of Ransom Riggs' bestselling novels is needed to enjoy this collection.
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January 3, 2017 – Started Reading
January 3, 2017 –
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0.0% "Comparable to Tales of Beedle the Bard (and with the same degree of continuity to Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children as the aforementioned has to Harry Potter), this collection of 'folk tales' is genuinely intriguing and unhackneyed, repackaging timeworn moral fables in Riggs' enchantingly strange universe."
January 3, 2017 –
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0.0% "Comparable to Tales of Beedle the Bard (and with the same degree of continuity to Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children as the aforementioned has to Harry Potter), this collection of 'folk tales' is genuinely intriguing and unhackneyed, repackaging timeworn moral fables in Riggs' enchantingly strange universe."
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January 3, 2017 –
40.0% "Reminiscent of Rowling's Tales of Beedle the Bard (in tone and style, certainly not in content), this collection of 'folk stories' is genuinely intriguing and unclichéd, repackaging our favourite timeworn moral lessons in Riggs' enchantingly peculiar universe. Even as a standalone book, this is a delightful (and quick) read."
January 3, 2017 –
80.0% "The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares is by far the best of the eight stories I have read so far, with its unusually nuanced and 'it really all depends' approach to the final moral takeaway. The pacing and multiple twists keep the reader oscillating between whose views to root for and consider wise. A creative and riveting take on the traditional fable."
January 4, 2017 – Finished Reading
January 20, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy

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