Review: The Peculiarity of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

It’s like x-men in Wales

I’m a sucker for a great title. The more intriguing the title, the more likely I’ll be to read the book. I think that’s why I’ve often been dragged into books filled with utter muck in genres most people know to avoid. That said, there have been some titles which didn’t just grab me, but held me down too. For example, The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a curious title that precedes an excellent read (so excellent that I mistakenly read it twice, not realising until I turned to the last chapter). Naturally, therefore, I was instantly attracted by Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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This is my own 1st edition copy I snapped up in a charity shop for 1 pound

Not only is the title of this novel incredibly eye-catching, but so too is the presentation of the novel. The story is accompanied by found photographs of times gone by, which the author has come by throughout his days collecting unusual photographs. These pictures are the inspiration for the titular peculiar children, as they are of camera tricks making the children appear to be levitating or super strong. Riggs has built his story around these pictures in a very novel way. I must say I did find some of the photographs very interesting and they added an extra something to the novel, or rather as the case probably was the story added more to the photographs.

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A Peculiar Home for a Peculiar Person

Well folks I finally made the big move to London town and had to spend some time looking for a place to live. Being the unusual guy I like to pretend I am, I had my heart set on certain areas of London and restricted myself not just by budget but by area too. For anyone who’s ever looked for a place in London on a budget you know how peculiar a request this is.

This week has been quite hectic, so apologies for the lack of a post, or any kind of activity on this blog. Although if you’ve linked with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram I did try and keep on top of things through those. But Moz, why were you so busy? I hear no one in particular ask.

Well folks I finally made the big move to London town and had to spend some time looking for a place to live. Being the unusual guy I like to pretend I am, I had my heart set on certain areas of London and restricted myself not just by budget but by area too. For anyone who’s ever looked for a place in London on a budget you know how peculiar a request this is.

As luck would have it though, I did find a place to live in the South West of the city for a reasonable price and not living with 17 other Irish people and their mothers. So, in order to break in the new pad, I ducked out this morning to find a new book to read for the weeks as I wait for uni to begin. I found Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar  Children by Ransom Riggs in the charity shop downstairs and thought it a fitting title to begin my time in a new home. Continue reading “A Peculiar Home for a Peculiar Person”