Saturday, September 26, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ~ 2011


And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive


Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books; 1st edition
Publication: June 7, 2011
Pages: 352
Hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 9781594744761
Jacket photo: Yefim Tovbis
Author photographer: Well, after reading this novel - Mmm.


5 Stars


Ransom Riggs
Boy I tell you folks, this young-adult debut was not what I expected from one of the most scare reads of all according to talk, gossip, and being in the top of its genre. What I expected never had any bearing to my newly found adventure.

What Ransom Riggs did was floor me on the concept. And then add supreme writing into a horror fantasy filled paranormal read it ended up being a hauntingly good time.

The various photographs found along the way of his trek through life and employing them into a One of the Most Enjoyable Reads in a Long Ass Time tale, my hat is off with a proffered bow and I thank you Mr. Riggs.
Smashing bow-tie by the way.

One of the many things I took away from this novel it is a great read for deciding to fight your demons and get out from under the protectiveness of mom's apron and get on with life. Time does not stand still...or? Good discussion.

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman goes through a traumatic encounter from the death of his grandfather. The way he died, where he died and with Grandpa Portman's dieing words still fresh upon his memory ... " Go to the island, Yakob. Here it's not safe."... "Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man's grave. September third, 1940." "Emerson-the letter... Jacob nodded but did not understand. Grandpa fades. 

After numerous times seeing his psychiatrist, Dr. Golan, and countless nightmares he ventures onto a journey. To a remote island off the coast of Wales to the orphan home his grandfather lived as a child. Hopefully to find answers.

Jacob does come across the old dilapidated home with the help of the sickest rapping duo in Wales, Emcee Worm and Sturgeon Surgeon. They showed the way but, only so far. Jacob continues on his quest and soon, before him, was the home where his grandfather spoke so highly of standing there  cloaked in a fog; holding his answers? (This writing here at this point is on point.) As Jacob roamed the hallways and rooms he really wasn't sure of what he wanted to find. Some old box full of letters? Box of photos? A....?

He finds a hell of a lot more. Jacob finds an old trunk and after quite the consideration of how to open it without any damage - to the inside contents included, he shoves it off the second story balcony. Now while going through the contents of what once a beautiful trunk, he hears noise above him and peering over the floor edge were children of a peculiar nature. Almost familial but not. That's the type of writing Ransom Riggs gives you.

Ransom Riggs takes the reader onto a haunted thrill from here. If you enjoy reading, Ransom's pace of escalating the beginning of a tale to explaining all 'loose-ends' being explained the right moment to a decisive end leaves his tale with you for quite the time. His whole delivery was a very enjoyable read.

His characters are picture perfect; pun is included.

Emma, Bronwyn, Enoch, Millard and all the rest from Miss Pergrine's care. The hollowgast, wights, ymbrynes and if you had the pleasure in reading this novel, even the name Malthus is also what I consider picture perfect.


Emma's growth as a character was the one for me that stood out. Her mortified chase in the beginning, her brush of the back of her hand against Jacob's, her decision at the end of the novel. Great character, yet not my favorite. Thinkin' the bartender.

Ransom describes each dressed to the part. Manners, voice, attitudes were all individualized and if you would find yourself walking into the Priest's Hole, you'd be able to tell who's who. The same as you would feel being in Miss Peregrine's home.

Jumping back and forth, Ransom Riggs segues Jacobs time into a haunted fantasy filled realization of living in an infinite loop state of being versus continuing life as it should.  Turns out he's just like his grandpa. The writing had me.

There's a storm a-brewing and your up north on a remote island off of Wales' coastline. Mr. Riggs has you there literally feeling the elements both physical and during at that time in the novel, those visceral dealings Jacob is going through. Simply folks, love it when an author takes me on a vacation somewhere in the world and I am right there along with the moments enjoying the view.

There is a lot to cover in this book actually and surmising it all into a relatively quick review would not at all do any justice for the work of Mr.Riggs' tale. I hit on a couple points, though could you imagine where you would go discussing this novel? Quite suitable for an endless loop of book club discussions, I will add. As when I stated above, one of the over all experiences one may get from reading this young adult ... is you have to cut the apron strings sooner or later. Face your Demons and keep that foot going forward knowing very dire situations of life are out there.

I would like to give a special thanks and an appreciation toward all the folk who were kind enough to allow Ranson Riggs pepper his tale with their photographs Jacob comes across to help tell the tale. 

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children delivers a haunting journey with Jacob, his father, his father's father, their acquaintances both bad and good, and Jacob's new friends.




Heck, recommended this book to your friends folks. Seriously.


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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Director's Cut


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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children  -  'The Vision of Tim Burton'  Featurette


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