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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (edition 2011)

by Ransom Riggs

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Title:Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Authors:Ransom Riggs
Info:Quirk Books (2011), Edition: Book Club, Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Read but unowned (inactive)
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Monsters, Mystery, Orphans, Paranormal, Photography, Supernatural, Time Travel, Wales, WWII, Young Adult, Florida

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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Jacob's grandfather dies and leaves him clues about his grandfather's youth. Jacob sets out to follow the clues, and finds a hidden orphanage stuck in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over.
  rachel.mcconville | Jul 24, 2016 |
I started this book thinking it would be some sort of horror for all age groups; it turned out to be a YA fantasy novel instead. I do enjoy the genre, and the book was a well written one with an interesting premise, so I didn't mind. I really liked the first half, where the stage was set. Jacob, the hero, went through trauma and tried to get better, and all that really hooked me in. When the action begun... well, the story became your average fantasy adventure where emotions and psychology are pushed aside. I have some minor issues with the world building as well, but that certainly won't keep me from reading the sequel. ( )
  julienne_preacher | Jul 17, 2016 |
A little slow to start to start, didn't like Jacob at all in the beginning, he is still whiny at the end but is getting better. Interesting world that intersects with ours. ( )
  bgknighton | Jul 12, 2016 |
This book was a huge letdown. I was expecting it to be about a "real" school for exceptionally weird children, with amazing talents. Instead it has a time traveler meets X-men, meets World War II, meets old Polish Jewish grandpa stories feel. I hated it. The writing wasn't especially good either. I am not sure why this book was a NYT bestseller. Maybe a lot of people bought it because the cover is so great and they anticipated the story being a certain way (as I did). It's going in the donation pile! ( )
  RojaHorchata | Jul 11, 2016 |
Reread in anticipation of the third book's release this September. There's just something about the mix of those quirky vintage photos and the deadpan humor. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
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Boken är knappast ett stilistiskt mästerverk. Dialogerna krystas stundom fram och vissa figurer är lika blodfattiga som de spöken som förföljer dem. Det som gör verket unikt är bilderna
 
The author’s ability to use the photos to play with the reader’s imagination, while still holding the tension of the plot, is extraordinary. This kind of device can feel like a self-conscious reminder of the authorial hand, but this is not the case in Miss Peregrine’s Home.
 
In Miss Peregrine’s, a teenager decides to investigate the stories his grandfather told him about an island off the coast of Wales. He finds more than he bargained for, of course, and there are adventures, involving a group of kids with remarkable abilities which are almost, but not quite, entirely similar to mutants from X-Men comics. For a story constructed to make use of a collection of vintage snapshots, it’s impressively cohesive, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with yet another recounting of the hero’s journey from callow youth to manhood. But the book never lives up to its own aesthetic, and the story refuses to get past surface level on the occasional odd idea or intriguing concept. Whatever its faults, Miss Peregrine’s only true sin is that, presentation aside, it isn’t really that peculiar.
added by jimcripps | editAV Club, Zack Handlen (Jun 29, 2011)
 
Those Creepy Pictures Explained

The idea for Miss Peregrine's Home popped into Ransom Riggs' head when he ran across some sinister-looking vintage photos, which ''suggest stories even though you don't know who the people are or exactly when they were taken.'' As he began writing, he kept searching for images, even combing swap meets and flea markets. ''I was developing the story as I was finding the photos. I'd find a particularly evocative photo and I'd say, 'I need to work this in somehow.' '' Most are reproduced in the novel ''as is,'' but a few have been digitally altered. Riggs says he ended up with more photos than he could use: ''I have a nice big fat backlog for the second book.'' — Keith Staskiewicz

added by kthomp25 | editEntertainment Weekly, Keith Staskiewicz (Jun 24, 2011)
 
With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it's no wonder Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox. This is a novel with ''movie adaptation'' written into its powerful DNA. B+
 
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Epigraph
SLEEP IS NOT, DEATH IS NOT;
WHO SEEM TO DIE LIVE.
HOUSE YOU WERE BORN IN,
FRIENDS OF YOUR SPRING-TIME,
OLD MAN AND YOUNG MAID,
DAY'S TOIL AND ITS GUERDON,
THEY ARE ALL VANISHING,
FLEEING TO FABLES,
CANNOT BE MOORED.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.
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COPYRIGHT PAGE NOTICES (for the Hardcover First Edition):

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Number: 210942876

The first printing line is: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.
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A MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.

AN ABANDONED ORPHANAGE.

A STRANGE COLLECTION OF VERY PECULIAR 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 coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here — one of whom was his own grandfather — were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow — impossible though it seems — they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Look! Creepy photos
winding into a story.
Sequel sure to come.
(_debbie_)
"But those monsters are
Only a story, granddad!"
"Oh, are you so sure?"
(passion4reading)
Wildly inventive
tale based on peculiar
vintage photographs.
(passion4reading)

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After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

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