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The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

The Peculiar (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Stefan Bachmann

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Title:The Peculiar
Authors:Stefan Bachmann
Info:Greenwillow Books (2012), Hardcover, 384 pages
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I liked this book much more than I thought I would. It was fun, and while it had a few similarities with Harry Potter, it was able to stand alone with an original story. What impressed me the most was the fact that this written by a 16 year old young man, who is also a very talented musician. If you get a chance check out the book's website and listen to the music he has composed to go along with the book. Very beautiful!

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  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
I picked up this book based upon the cover. When I started reading it I was hooked right away! Steampunk, magic, goblins, faeries & suspense! I couldn't wait to get to the end to see what happened. The book was also full of action & good characters. The setting takes place in London during a time when humans & faeries must live together but neither is happy about it. Just a really good story. Can't wait for book 2. ( )
  Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
Maybe I wasn't in the mood for steampunk fantasy, but this book was very unsatisfying for me. I found myself skimming quite a bit, and if it were not a mere 265 pages, I would have put this one down. In my opinion, the characters were not properly set up. This seemed to be the second book in a series, making me feel like I had started the book in the middle. I had no sympathy for the protagonist and no disdain for the antagonist.

I would have liked more of a day-to-day life description of the characters before they were thrust into action. While the preface was nice in that it described the faery world coming to England, I didn't get a good feel for the reason, the changes, or the new life with these creatures. What was so wrong with changelings? Was the author trying to make a commentary on a section of humanity in their story?

In the end, I was glad it was over, was completely unsatisfied in the finish, will not read more and cannot recommend. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
I loved this book. I would imagine if you like JK Rowling, you will engage with this one.

The only thing that has surprised me when reading the reviews below, is that unlike some of the readers I found the first few chapters hard work. The first chapter was engaging from page one, but then it began to be tricky to get into the story. By the middle though I was hooked. Like others, I felt the story did come to an abrubt ending, but I am hoping I can find the rest in the series to read. I did not know it was from a first time author though till today! ( )
  GGreen | Nov 21, 2015 |
Just finished Stefan Bachman's The Peculiar, which started off really cool and interesting (faries! Steampunk! Bath and London!) and sadly lost steam (lol I slay me) as it developed.

I think this is partly because to me it seemed the writing began to suffer from about the half way mark on, as though the first half of the book had been worked on carefully, and the second merely spat out. There was a lot of really cool ideas and imagery, but characterisation was thin and weak, and the plot relied a lot on coincidence.

So, a sort-of recommendation for those who love books about fay and UK. As a first novel from a young writer, it shows *a lot* of promise, but hopefully the writer doesn't rest on his wunderkind laurels and works harder at his craft.

(I see he's written a handful of books since then, so I may check them out at some stage if the library has them.)
  CatHellisen | Jun 26, 2015 |
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After humans win the faery wars in England, a half-human, half-faery child, scorned by both races, finds himself at the center of a web of intrigue and danger when he is stalked by a sinister faery.

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