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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (original 2011; 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
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (2011)

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3.5 stars. I liked the story, but I found that while some of the pictures seemed to fit in with the flow of the storyline, others just seemed thrown in randomly. They were talked about, but some were talked about as pictures and others just seemed to be put in as the scene passed through. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
This book can be predictable, but the photos and visuals make the story larger than life. Well-written, and the style is never boring. I actually couldn't put the book down at times, and read the book until I fell asleep some nights. ( )
  Emanbella | Aug 13, 2014 |
I did not enjoy this book as much as many have, but I do see where the praise is coming from. To say that this is a very different kind of story is an understatement. If I needed to compare it to something, I'd say it bears the greatest resemblance to the X-Men, with more of a fantasy aspect to it as well. I am trying to avoid giving anything important away, so I'm not going to get into specifics. Yet, the way in which the author was able to collect a series of strange old photographs and create a story to go with them was rather interesting and creative, while adding a fun new element to the story that I certainly have not encountered in quite this way before. Overall, it's far from the best book I've read in the genre, but it's definitely one of those that many are talking about for a legitimate reason, and as such is well worth at least giving it a shot. ( )
  TiffanyAK | Aug 12, 2014 |
I really enjoyed " Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children". I loved how the photographs were so central to the story, it really brought the book together. The only compliant I have is that the story ended up being really predictable and I knew how it would end but I still could not put it down. I can't wait to read the second book in the series. ( )
  LizPhoto | Jul 29, 2014 |
Loved this book. Loved the pictures. Especially once I found out that they were real found photos. The concept is amazing and I truly enjoyed the story. ( )
  bookwormteri | Jul 25, 2014 |
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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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I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.
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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_)

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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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