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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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When I started flipping every
pages of the book I thought
Jacob was a psycho just like
his grandpa Abraham. But as
he discovered everything
about himself, his grandpa,
and the peculiar thing. He
decided he wasn't gone

And then he learned about
Miss Peregrine being an
ymbryne, the loop, the other
peculiar children, the
hollowgasts, the wights, and
their history.

And then the wights
kidnapped their ymbryne and
the peculiars saved her. But
the wights arrested Miss
Peregrine in a bird form.
Since the headmistress
couldn't reset the loop in that
situation. The peculiars were
forced to abandon their safe
haven and traveled to another
loop to seek help.


Who wouldn't enjoy seeing
the cute peculiar children
went to an adventure?
They were so adorable
especially the floating girl
with a tiara, Olive. The boy
who could see the hollows,
Jacob. The boy who had
visions and dreams, Horace.
And all the peculiars!!

I had confusion whether the
story was psychological or a
fantasy one, at first. But I
don't care as long as I enjoyed
the book.

Two thumbs up for Ransom
Riggs! ( )
  Perco | Oct 11, 2014 |
Interesting premise. Like many of the other reviewers, I was drawn to the pictures. It was a good quick read, but I did not develop a strong enough attachment to the characters to want to know what happens to them in the future. I probably won't continue with this series. ( )
  londalocs | Oct 9, 2014 |
Riggs' approach to writing this book is really unique and entertaining. The characters are loveable and the story is fun. I'm looking forward to reading the second book. Just an FYI, this book is a perfect example as to why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. ( )
  trishaj | Oct 7, 2014 |
I'm borrowing Amazon's synopsis because today I am lazy:

As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man's unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs--alive and well--despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see. A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole.

This is one of those books I bought solely based on the title and the cover. I had no idea what it was about but had to have it anyway. Serendipity is at times a lovely lovely lady. To put it bluntly, I was floored by this story -- beautiful and frightening, sweet and haunting, charming and melancholy, all at the same time. Plus a cliff-hanger ending that manages to wrap up enough loose story threads for the reader to feel satisfied.

Don't forget to read the afterword about the vintage photographs scattered throughout the book. It's fascinating. ( )
  avanta7 | Oct 5, 2014 |
This was bad. Oh my, just bad.

Mr. Riggs simply cannot write. Fumbling language, plain descriptions, and painfully dull and unnecessary dialogue, these make for a book that I can only iterate as 'bad'.


Then the catastrophic narrative descends into time travel which just left me groaning with every word. We even get the old "Not where, but WHEN"!

Oh God, make it stop. Please tell me this did not make the NYT Bestsellers list. I have to know a world does not exist where that is possible. Please, oh please.

We live in that world, friends.

I want to go on and on about what was wrong with this, but to what end? I am so tired of the garbage that keeps surfacing in "literature" that I feel like there's no point in fighting it anymore. Books get through that should never be published and it makes me feel like I have book-burner tendencies. Like I'm the bad guy here.


I'm tired.

( )
  DanielAlgara | Sep 26, 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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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.
"But those monsters are
Only a story, granddad!"
"Oh, are you so sure?"

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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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