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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) (edition 2014)

by Ransom Riggs

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Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London (circa 1940), the "peculiar" capital of the world.
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Title:Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
Authors:Ransom Riggs
Info:Quirk Books (2014), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:reviews, sci-fi & fantasy

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these suspenseful, atmospheric fantasy series follow teens with disturbing powers as they band together to fight against evil. Miss Peregrine includes spooky vintage photos and has a creepier tone than the fast-paced Midnighters.… (more)
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    Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (Anonymous user)
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    His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (thenothing)
    thenothing: Hollow City could easy be fan fiction of His Dark Materials
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I like Hollow City (book 2 of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) more than the first book. I think because we know the characters by now and their mission against the Hollogast and the Wight is clear so we know the direction they are going. I feel the characters are very well rounded. Ransom Riggs has developed a realistic alt-world which can be easily bought into. ( )
  PallanDavid | Apr 18, 2024 |
These books always end weirdly... ( )
  sweetimpact | Jan 18, 2024 |
Set during the 1940 Blitz of London, this second book in the Miss Peregrine series is even better than the first. The first book, while fascinating, relied on the reader's sympathy for its nebbishy protagonist, Jacob Portman, who risks seeming like just another wannabe Holden Caulfield. For those of us who have never been teenage boys, that sympathy was a tad hard to maintain. But the second volume concerns the whole gang of peculiar children, plus other people whom they meet on the road. The first book was delightfully open-ended but somewhat uneven in pace, while the second clicks along briskly from danger to rescue to danger to escape to danger. Riggs always maintains a humane perspective, and doesn't dwell too long on gore. His main problem is that every once in a while, he has to insert a big chunk of background information to keep his story going in the direction he chooses. Sometimes his choices seem arbitrary rather than organic.

The theme of "Hollow City" -- resistance against world domination by racist, soul-splitting bad guys -- is not so new or fresh, but Riggs creates an interesting world peopled by sympathetic characters. I enjoyed this even thought its not my usual kind of read. ( )
  b00kdarling87 | Jan 7, 2024 |
I liked Hollow City a lot more than the first book. It had way more action, lots of adventures, turns, and twists. There were some parts that weren't that interesting and kind of dragged on but for the most part it's well paced and keeps you engaged. The ending, again like the last book, I did not see this ending coming. Totally surprised me and caught me off guard. Definitely want to know more and definitely want to read the next book. There are a lot of pics in this book just like in the first but the pics in this one aren't as creepy as the first one, a lot of them seem to be pics of places. The one drawback for me for this series is I still haven't connected with the characters. At this point I really don't care if any of them die, I just want to see what happens with the plot. I don't even care about Jacob and Emma's relationship. I mean I'm not rooting for them to break up but I'm not rooting for them to be together either, I'm just indifferent. For me, that's the only major drawback from giving this a 5 star. ( )
  VanessaMarieBooks | Dec 10, 2023 |
I really liked this book, it lived up to the first one and answered a lot of questions and left a lot to answer in the next one! ( )
  Danielle.Desrochers | Oct 10, 2023 |
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And lo! towards us coming in a boat
An old man, grizzled with the hair of eld,
Moaning: 'Woe unto you, debased souls!

Hope nevermore to look upon the heavens.
I come to lead you to the other shore;
Into eternal darkness, into fire and frost.

And thou, that yonder standest, living soul,
Withdraw from these people, who are dead!'
But he saw that I did not withdraw...

Dante's Inferno, Canto III
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FOR TAHEREH
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We rowed out through the harbor, past bobbing boats weeping rust from their seams, past juries of silent seabirds roosting atop the barnacled remains of sunken docks, past fishermen who lowered their nets to stare frozenly as we slipped by, uncertain whether we were real or imagined; a procession of waterborne ghosts, or ghosts soon to be.
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'I love sad stories,' said Enoch. 'Especially ones where princesses get eaten by dragons and everyone dies in the end.' (chapter four)
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Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London (circa 1940), the "peculiar" capital of the world.

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Jacob Portman and his newfound friends travel to war-torn 1940 London where they use their unusual talents to find a cure for Miss Peregrine, the beloved headmistress of their orphanage who has been trapped in the body of a bird.
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