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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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This book was so painfully the first book of the series that I almost didn't finish it. Compare it with a good first book like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which drew us into the world while telling us an adventure. The hero of Miss Peregrine's spends the entire book wandering around being confused. Unsatisfying. ( )
  jscape2000 | Jun 26, 2016 |
The characters were great and the story was well thought out.
I really enjoyed this story so I gave it 5 of 5 stars.
Now I will have to buy the next book, "Hollow City" and I can't wait. ( )
  stevealtier | Jun 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 | Jun 23, 2016 |
I ordered this book for my Mom the year it was released, but only got around to reading it myself now due to curiosity about the upcoming film. The book was inspired by weird vintage photographs, some of which are included in the book.

The story opens with Jacob describing how his life is now separated into “before” and “after.” When tragedy strikes, he sets off to find Miss Peregrine and the orphanage his grandfather grew up in. The residents of the house are “peculiar” – and haven’t aged a day in all these years.

The story is interesting, and told from Jacob’s point of view (as most YA is), but I expect there will be significant and necessary changes from book to film as this does not have a self-contained plot. Most of the book describes Jacob’s life and family, and he doesn’t even find Miss Peregrine’s home until more than halfway through. This novel is very much a set-up – the main plot only kicks in at the very end.

I did not realize it was YA until after I began reading. While I do enjoy YA, I am tired of the seeming requirement that all YA be released as a trilogy. It’s so rare to come across a book like The Night Circus, that is complete and wholly satisfying. I was disappointed that this was mostly set-up; I read the book in one afternoon. However, I found the world-building and characters interesting enough that I will continue to the next book. I also liked the photos scattered throughout; rather than trying to imagine every character, some are right there for readers to look at. It added some necessary spice to an otherwise simple story. Overall, recommended for those looking for something interesting, but be prepared to buy all three books because the ending will leave you wanting. ( )
  jshillingford | Jun 23, 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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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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