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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
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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I have had this book since Christmas 2015 and I have only just got around to reading it. Better late then never! It was really different to what I was expecting and I was pleasantly surprised. The creepy vintage photographs were without doubt the best part of the whole book. I found them fascinating yet also deeply unsettling at the same time. I think the concept of writing a story linking together all of the weird photographs was something I had never come across before, and despite how much I loved looking at them, I'm not entirely convinced it worked all that well.

The plot was incredibly predictable but overall I did enjoy it. I really loved the abilities of all the children and the world of the peculiar in general. Is it quality writing? Not really. Would I have enjoyed it as much if the photographs weren't there? Definitely not. At times the writing style felt like it was more suited to children's or middle grade rather than YA, which is fine but at times the world-building felt a little too simple for my tastes. I have to admit I was thoroughly creeped out by the hollows and wights, I think the use of the weather to build tension and atmosphere was really well done also.

As you can probably tell, I have mixed feelings about this book. If it were not for the photographs carrying the story along I would have given it a lower rating, but at the same time the story was enjoyable, it's a shame the writing style did let it down for me ultimately. The ending felt rushed but it did leave me curious enough to want to pick up the second book, Hollow City. Regardless, I would still recommend Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to readers who want to read a creepy fantasy that is fast-paced and unique. ( )
  4everfanatical | Sep 25, 2016 |
I wanted to like this book but I couldn't.

The first half of the book is basically filled with the main character, Jacob's, back and forth on rather or not his grandfathers stories were all fantastical and rather or not, if they indeed are, he is angry with his grandfather.

To me this whole first part was a rather large waste of my time. We all know they are real off the bat so we just have to read about him juggling it. I get that it was probably to try and establish character depth and connection but it didn't work for me.

To me the whole story felt a bit like the author had found all this cool old pictures and wrote the story around them instead of really developing a good story and then finding pictures that work.

Finally, aside from the cool old photos, it feels like something that has been done many times before and done a lot better ( )
  Alexis_D. | Sep 23, 2016 |
This was just a quick pickup/spare moment read throughout today but I enjoyed it. In the main, I certainly hope characters are better fleshed out as I read more and some plot points were a bit awkward. But, as it's the first book, I've reserved judgement. There's definitely a lot of ways to go from this ending and I'm looking forward to further reading. I'm a sucker for "peculiar" talents and, to quote Doctor Who unabashedly, "timey-wimey stuff." Not to mention an adventure embarked upon, even if the ending of one novel leaves us readers in a bit of heady betwixt. ( )
  lamotamant | Sep 22, 2016 |
What a terrific book! I'm not normally into YA fantasy fiction, but I found the cover picture and the pictures inside so intriguing that I bought the book immediately. I guess I must have been living under a rock. I had never even heard of the series (yes, it is a series) and it is about to be released as a motion picture (by Tim Burton - the absolute right choice for this book!).

Jacob's grandfather was sent into hiding to escape the Nazi's in 1940 - the only one of his family members to survive. After moving to America and starting his own family, he told Jacob fantastic stories of his youth - stories of mansions, children with peculiar abilities, headmistresses who could become birds, monsters and time loops. As Jacob became older, he filed these stories under 'fairy tales'. But are they? When Jacob's grandfather meets a gruesome death, he leaves instructions for Jacob to find his childhood home and friends.

This book is excellent. Ransom Riggs is a collector of vintage, creepy pictures and used many of them to help tell his story. There is just the right mix of suspense, adventure, family drama. Although the book is advertised as a YA, it easily translates into Adult literature. It held my interest right until the final page and me me eager to begin the next book in the series. ( )
  EvelynBernard | Sep 19, 2016 |
This is probably one of the most unique and original books I've read recently.

It is a story of a grandson's search for the house his Grandfather grew up in long ago--one he only knows about from stories told to him as a child. Jacob has long ago written these stories as fairy tales and good yarns created to entertain a child, but as his Grandfather dies he instructs him to look for these people. Now he's not so sure. Shenanigans and adventures follow from there.

The book includes old pictures to help tell the tale, which I found amazing and engrossing. Mine were all in black and white (I read the Kindle version), but even then they were amazing. This is a fast-paced, deeply interesting story.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new, different styled book that is light and fun to read! ( )
  Sarah_Buckley | Sep 17, 2016 |
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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?"
Wildly inventive
tale based on peculiar
vintage photographs.

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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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