Let me tell you a secret, Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children is actually I don t think what follows is a spoiler, but am marking it as such anyway as some people think it is view spoiler for elementary school kids.Yes, the book tries to pretend it is something else, embellishing itself with creepy and weird vintage photographsbut the reality is, it is nothing than a regurgitated version of X Men hide spoiler Really enjoyed this Here s my booktalk This book has been getting a lot of well deserved attention for the way it incorporates unusual antique photographs into the narrative The premise Jacob grew up on his grandfather s stories about his own childhood during World War II Supposedly his grandfather escaped the Holocaust by taking refuge on a Welsh island, at an orphanage that catered to children with strange powers The grandfather even has photos to prove it As Jacob grows up, he loses faith in his grandfather, and assumes the stories were fantasies, the photos faked But when a horrible, inexplicable tragedy occurs, Jacob has to reevaluate Could those stories have been real Could this island refuge still exist so many years later And is it possible his grandfather s paranoia about monsters wasn t just paranoia Even without the photos, this would be a gripping story, but the photos add an irresistible element of mystery The first person narration is authentic, funny, and poignant I m looking forward to the next volume in the series Edit on January 9th, 2016 I haven t thought about this book since I read it in July and I really have no interest any in reading the rest of the series It definitely was a slow moving book, but the plot really held my attention and I loved the use of the pictures Sometimes I felt like he tried a little too hard to make the pictures perfectly fit into the story which made it a little awkward to read, but they still made the reading experience interesting The book really read like a movie and I can t wait to see how Tim Burton s interpretation is going to turn out I can t even.The poor execution of a good idea is just so upsetting to me.The main problem with this book is that the entire time I was reading I felt like a high school English teacher grading a student s paper, when in fact I am not a teacher or anyone who majored in English or writing If I am simply a normal reader thinking this, then who the hell was working as the editor Did they not bring up these issues Clearly the several people the author listed in his acknowledgements couldn t have been reading closely enough The text was just screaming amateur writer, please help What surprises me is that the author s background is in film Being that I myself have a background in film, I can tell you that the one thing that is stressed is making conclusive ideas Do not bring up something that has no relevance to the rest of the story because obviously in film, every second is costly, whereas of course in Microsoft Word there is so consequence to typing characters What bothered me most was that the author seemed unaware about how to properly use the gimmick of his entire book the old photographs, some photoshopped, some vintage original, to illustrate the world He used several of these pictures simply to use them, and I find out later that they in fact contribute nothing to the story.That s right There s no reason at all for them to be there.Often it seems the author was thinking oh that s a cool picture, let s throw it in, when in fact there s no connection that it s in there, besides the narrator finding the picture Here I m speaking of the several pictures of Peculiars that we never meet, the clown twins who we have TWO different photographs of at different times in the book, as if they have significance , the dog headed boy, the girl in the jar, the girl with the reflection.I could go on Why include these photographs if they are not involved in your story You may think they look cool, author, but it weakens your story when you make no mention of them in your story after you show their pictures At least make up some sort of subplot about how they ve been disappearing or leaving, as to why you ve brought up characters simply for putting in pictures The author states at the end of the book there are only ten children, so it s not like they re there and just not talking So if there are only ten children, then the fact that all these pictures in there of much than ten children makes it confusing and annoying The lack of cohesion was just destroying my brain.Another thing that weakened the picture gimmick is that the multiple pictures of Emma were clearly different people and it bothered me that the author pretended that wasn t noticeable The first picture of Emma was about age 10 11 looking, and the fact that her age, or a description to indicate she s mature, isn t stated til two chapters after we see that picture completely derailed me and what the mental picture of her was supposed to be Then the comparison of the picture of potato peeling Emma with the last picture of Emma were not possibly believable as being the same person I may sound picky, but if your book is centered around this idea, then make your concept strong Horace as well, the two pictures we have of Horace aren t possibly the same person, and again, an issue with using about a 9 year old kid for his first picture and then a 17 year old boy s picture for the next Consistency is important, and if he cared I felt he would have dug deeper into finding better photos for his characters instead of just saying oh this might work And I m not sure which ones were photoshopped and which ones weren t, but the perspective of Victor s bed in the mirror of that one picture is absolutely impossible, and it bothered me to no end looking at it Aside from the fact that the entire book felt like it was created simply to show some cool vintage photos, I felt that the author didn t have a full grip on his own ideas He had good ideas, as complicated as they are Nice settings, I enjoyed some of the scenes, like the glowfish, and Enoch s big moment, but the writing itself was rather weak The thing that bothered me quite a lot for the first 2 3 of the book is that the reader is too smart for the book This book is clearly meant for older teens, due to the language I couldn t say it s for anybody younger, and I know older teens are clearly capable of putting together the information presented and figuring out what s going on However the narrator does not, and the reader ends up waiting several pages each time for the narrator to figure it out and then state importantly that he s figured out what s going on as if it s a revelation when we ve been waiting for the obvious for a while Luckily though, at the end there were at least some things I did not see coming, which felt a bit better However writing wise I also found some general writing don ts that screamed out at me, like lack of pronoun clarification, use of cliche phrases face the music , and using the same phrase over and over in only a few pages time torn to pieces.Additionally, the side story about Marcie the one with the photo of the girl crouching waiting for the school bus clearly showed me that the author didn t have a good idea of his own concept I don t want to spoil the basic premise of how the world works, but if you think about it there s no way she could have been that age waiting for a school bus if you applied the rules of the world to her.And lastly, the way the book ended.is there supposed to be a followup book I didn t believe so, but it s so unfinished I m not sure Perhaps he was going for a bit of both, like if this book does well I ll write another, but if not it doesn t matter I understand the reasoning of why it ended how it does because of the way things turned out, the narrator is now in charge and has plenty of things to do with his life But there s no conclusion whatsoever The questions that such openness leaves hanging in the air just adds to the already mounting stack of issues with weak writing.Overall, the book had some good ideas, and the gimmick with the photos would have been nice, however the ideas aren t fully formed With lots of editing and reinforcement of concept, this could have been a good book Unfortunately, due to the fact that the people working with him on this book didn t bring up or didn t force the author to take a longer look at his numerous weak points, we end up with a book that feels flattened by the author s inability to form and communicate ideas effectively This book is, sadly, a mess. When I was a child, one of my favourite things to do was to look through pictures in books children s picture books, colouring books, etc and tell stories in my mind with them For example, a picture of two children holding hands would start this story of friendship, which would then grow with every picture, introducing grander stories and dragons, unicorns, whatever the pictures gave me.Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children reminds me of that.This story, for me, feels completely disjointed and messy It is evidently framed around this marvelous collection of creepy, vintage photographs, but the story is not smoothly incorporated It reads like you can imagine the author viewing each image and trying to find a way to fit it into the plot of the book Here s a weird image of a girl smoking a pipe and peeling potatoes, how can I make that part of the story Here s a creepy picture of some twins in clown outfits, how do I add that to the book And if you re thinking of reading this as a creepy book for Halloween it is not scary at all The narrative never delivers an atmosphere deserving of the photography It s all a bit bland and never becomes anything than a standard paranormal tale about teens children with special powers.Additionally, the narrator Jacob is simply not a character I like to read about I hate it when rich, privileged narrators constantly wallow in their own self pity for no good reason Here, he says If I never went home, what exactly would I be missing I pictured my cold cavernous house, my friendless town full of bad memories, the utterly unremarkable life that had been mapped out for me. What He is from a ridiculously wealthy family and has two loving parents and lives in a huge house He did have a part time job, but he took it for granted and spent his time showing up late and deliberately shelving things wrong because he wanted to be fired He also did have a best friend, but his friend not surprisingly walked out after this exchangeWhat are you, my mom Do I look like I blow truckers for food stampsI did not like him at all Some unlikable characters are unlikable in a complex and interesting way, but Jacob is just a spoiled, entitled and selfish brat Add that to the simplistic, yet messy, storytelling and this book was completely disappointing I m also tempted to say it reads like a middle grade book, but that would be an insult to some of the fantastic middle grade books I ve read recently It just reads like a not very good book.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store This is just one of those books whose hype I don t really get I read this years ago when it was newly released, and was thoroughly unimpressed Upon my second reading of this book, my opinion remains unchanged.A few creepy pictures and some weird people do not a horror tale make, and honestly, that s all the story is It s a book about stories, and too much attention is focused on the telling of those stories instead of developing the actual plot As a result, the tale fell flat for me It was too distracting, and it was nowhere as creepy or weird as it touts itself to be.There is a severe lack of character development The children within the book are presented to us in a way one would display a circus freak They are defined by their eccentricities, and they are without much personality of their own In that sense, they really are no better than a circus freak, the way they are shown to us there is little empathy within the reader for them, they are sidelined.Further, it is slow The book focuses too much on its own little meta ness that it just lost me I had grown bored by the middle of the book, and the latter was truly a pain to suffer through.I just don t get it It wasn t scary It was slow and boring There s some interesting pictures, but come on, we have Google Image Search for a reason, as well as Reddit r creepypasta For me, this book was a waste of my time and effort. This book started with a bang It was very creepy, exciting and really intriguing, but it all went downhill from there Once the mystery around the house was explained which was fairly early and without any nuance it became a very boring and almost childish story, which I didn t expect at all One thing I can say I enjoyed was the photographs they re scattered throughout the book, all black and white and remarkably creepy They add a nice eery touch to the story and gives it a really unique flair.The plot is what I didn t like After its strong beginning, it fizzles into this bland and predictably dull tale Don t get me wrong It s very unique and unconventional so I can see it s appeal It s also well written and does stem from great creativity, but I found it lacked too much detail and sophistication The characters, too, fell flat and as a few things went unexplained we were left with scattered holes in the plot This book is marketed for young adults but definitely feels juvenile, like a child s fairy tale, which is not what I expected hence leaving me feeling a bit underwhelmed. Alternate Cover Edition For ISBN A Mysterious Island An Abandoned Orphanage A Strange Collection Of Very Curious Photographs 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 Were Than Just Peculiar They May Have Been Dangerous They May Have Been Quarantined On A Deserted 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 2.5 starsI wanted to like this way , and I really tried to As a huge X men fan, I kind of went into this book with such high hopes and expectations The book as a physical copy is done extremely well, the details, the creepy pictures, the way it is written is breathtaking Sadly the story disappointed me so much In the last few pages I didn t even care about any of the characters any I really wanted to like this.Was it worth reading I can t say for sure.Will I re read it Unlikely.Do I recommend it Yes, maybe it works for you.
Hi, I m Ransom, and I like to tell stories Sometimes I tell them with words, sometimes with pictures, often with both I grew up on a farm on the Eastern shore of Maryland and also in a little house by the beach in Englewood, Florida where I got very tan and swam every day until I became half fish I started writing stories when I was young, on an old typewriter that jammed and longhand on legal
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- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
- Ransom Riggs
- 13 February 2019 Ransom Riggs