Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review and New Life Quest:

Book Review:

This last week during evening commutes and baking a pie I read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children , but Ransom Rigg (um, awesome name?). From Barnes and Noble:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 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.

Image from author's website


What I found to be the most intriguing thing about the book is that Rigg uses real vintage found photographs throughout the story. Love. Peculiar is a fabulous word for not only many of the characters in the book, but also the book itself;  A little paranormal, a little fantasy, a little quirky, a little charming, a little teenage angst.  Think of David Wallace's  Big Fish and cross it with X-men.  Although, honestly, I think I loved the idea behind the book  a little bit more than the actual story, the writing is solid and the storyline is still pretty interesting.. On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 3.978. But since 2 people have called me up in the last week just to tell me that they don’t like Steinbeck, I don’t know if my ratings are worth that much.

New Life Quest:

This book also gave me a new life quest: to become an urban decay explorer/photographer:

Add it to the list!

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