[[ Download kindle ]] Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenAuthor Ransom Riggs – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

yearold Jacob has discovered the ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children As Jacob explores the abandoned building, he realises that the children were than just peculiarthey may have been dangerous And somehowimpossible though it seemsthey may still be alive

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  1. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    Hi! I'm tired of defending myself for what I wrote on this stupid book. So I thought I would do a favor to all you super-fans out there that want to read a negative review of their favorite book (WHY??!?), and just hide it with spoiler tags. So now, if Goodreads hasn't goofed, you can just see this review and move on. Focus on reading books that you like instead of hunting down negative reviews for your favorite book. Or writing a review why you liked this book. You know, the reason we are all on Goodreads in the first place.

    (view spoiler)[Who hasn't seen this creepy book, lurking proudly in the New Releases section? It practically SCREAMS Halloween--a nice, delightful scare that makes you lock your doors tighter, leave on the nightlight, and snuggle deeply under your covers.

    Only...it doesn't.

    Sure, the girl looks REALLY creepy on the cover and many of the back images are enough to give you the eebie jeebies, but NOTHING that remotely scary EVER occurs within these pages. Okay, maybe the very first scene, where Jacob sees the Thing for the first time, can count. But I am not the most stalwart of persons. I turn away at blood and gore in movies, my stomach churns when I read about gobbets of flesh, and I was scared of the Stay-Puff Marshmallow guy until about two years ago. So when I say that I had no troubles reading this at 11:30 at night and then going to sleep peacefully, you know this isn't that scary.

    And that is only one of the many failures of this potentially awesome book. This book promises to do something rarely seen in fiction: combine pictures with a story. But there it fails yet again. The pictures are awkwardly inserted into the story, usually surrounded by text along the lines of: And X showed Y a picture of a girl PICTURE HERE. Not what I would call the most seamless of storytelling.

    And let's talk about characters, or what passes for characters in this book, starting with Jacob. I really need to get this off my back, so please excuse me here:

    What a selfish, whiny, obnoxious, pretentious, arrogant little @#$%wad! From the first chapter, where he is trying to get his sorry @ss fired, I hated him (oddly enough, in the Prologue, I actually liked him). We have 14 million Americans without jobs--these are men and women with families, who would take ANY job they could get their hands on just to put food on the table--and here this white, upper class, straight male joker misbehaves at work, treating his boss with disrespect, and gets away with it because his uncles own the store. (This doesn't even touch on the millions of non-Americans who are unemployed and destitute, living in squalor, starving, watching their children die, unable to move from their station because brats like Jacob are taking the jobs they could have had.) Other than he doesn't want to be in the family business, why does he act this way? I have no clue. I would think the supposedly smart Jacob would realize that this behavior isn't the most mature way of handling the situation and would, I dunno, maybe talk with his parents or uncles about the job situation if he didn't like it, but apparently, Jacob is merely smart in the way that most authors make their characters smart, i.e. a sentence saying X is smart.

    Jacob is hardly relatable; his parents are obscenely wealthy (how convenient), making it easy for Jacob to go to Wales. Jacob is constantly acting like a diva, complaining about all the wealth he has (must be nice), while reveling in what it can get him access to. He drops words like Sisyphean but never comes across like the type of kid who would do that (such as Anne Shirley).

    But poor Jacob, he doesn't have any friends! Well, maybe it's because his abrasive, self-righteous, privileged personality chases them away.

    But poor Jacob, his mommy and daddy don't listen to every word he says and believe him! Well, maybe it's because a traumatic incident happened, and they are dealing with their own grief. Or maybe it's because they are too busy at work, trying to make enough money to send our resident brat to Wales.

    So what could have been a strong character (like Quentin from John Green's Paper Towns) comes off like a 5 year old who hasn't realized that the world doesn't revolve around him.

    Other characters are so flat, it's pathetic. The parents are cold and impersonal, all the better for Jacob to run away to his fantasy friends (which, by the way, I predicted would happen at about the 130 page mark). Every one of the peculiar children has only one note to play and has no background, nothing to make them remarkable beyond the one ability that Riggs has given them that may or may not have anything to do with the picture (such as the girl with the mouth in the back of her head--what was up with that???). They are introduced sloppily, awkwardly tying into their picture. And thinking about these children: isn't it odd that they look and act like children? Shouldn't we see something more along the lines of Kirsten Dunst's character in the movie, Interview with a Vampire--an adult stuck in a child's body? In fact, why are these children able to experience the passage of time at all, but the town around them recreates the same day over and over again? If it was explained in the book, I didn't catch it.

    About the only one that does stand out is Emma, because she is Designated Love InterestTM. Which is disgusting, as 70 years ago, she was canoodling Jacob's grandfather. God, why does every young adult novel nowadays require a romance? I was really hoping with this book that we wouldn't have a romance, and based on the write-up, I assumed it would avoid this all-too-common YA trope. But no, we have to have a romantic couple in here, because we have to do something to draw in the preteen and teen Twilight crowd. I mean, it's not like there are girls out there who like Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and stuff for more than just the sexy times. I guess if A) Jacob had been likeable, B) Emma had been likeable and not been his grandfather's age, and C) the romance had been well-done and not rushed I would have liked it, but alas, it was D) none of the above.

    And what is it with all these guys being attracted to ice cold women pointing knives into their bellies? Do I need to read more Freud or something?

    So for story...

    *bursts into gales of laughter*

    Oh, sorry about that. *wipes tears from eyes* Yeah, story. Well, the beginning was pretty interesting, with Jacob discovering his grandfather's past. But after finding Miss Peregrine's Home, it just disappears into Sexy Times with Teenaged Looking 80-Year Olds until the author realized he could include another plot and extend the book another 100 pages. And then, as if this book didn't p!ss me off enough, the book ends on basically a cliffhanger prepping for a sequel. A SEQUEL! This book didn't deserve a full novel, much less a SEQUEL!

    And let me get yet another pet peeve out of the way: World War II is the focal point of this book? Really? Jacob is 16; his grandfather was a teenager in WWII? Sure, it's possible, but come on! It's also just as likely that Jacob, 16 in 2011 (assuming that the book is set during that time because there is zero indication otherwise) could have had a grandfather born in the 40's and 50's. I mean, I'm in my 30's and my grandparents were mostly born in the 20's and 30's - one grandfather had to lie about his age to join the Navy and my grandmothers were way too young.

    But let's ignore this red herring (Thank you, Captain Obvious, for pointing out the math) and get to the real meat: what is our obsession with WWII? If something bad happens, drag in the Nazis? When you need a quick, easy, lazy villain, let's pull up the epitome of evil in the 20th century without a spec of in-depth study or nuance? Nazis don't have to have any character, motivation or background - nope, all Nazis are EVUL EVUL BAD BAD people, so they make PERFECT villains for lazy writers.

    I dare an author, particularly a young adult author, to make a character a veteran or survivor of a different war - say, Vietnam. Or maybe Bosnia or Iraq. Wait, they don't want to write about the highly controversial Vietnam War? Gulf War? No to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghan and Iraq too? I wonder why? Oh, yes, because the moment we say that Jacob's grandfather is a survivor of Vietnam, we have to address the fact that America barged in on a war in the name of defeating communism more than helping out the people living there. For any war besides WWII, we have to address the elephant in the room: how there really AREN'T any bad guys and how *GASP* the US MAY actually look like evil overlords! And we canNOT have any Young Adult book DARE trample on the GREAT US of A!!!

    I am guessing the ONLY REASON this book is doing well is John Green's bold endorsement on the back: A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story. Besides the fact that for the first 50 horrible pages, in which the book tries and fails to be the next John Green novel, this book is about as far from tense, moving, and wondrously strange as it could get. As for the photographs and text work[ing] together, no way, not at all.

    The sad thing is, the Prologue was absolutely amazing. It DID have that creepy portent that the cover promised. It DID have an interesting character--the grandfather and Jacob (who hadn't jumped head first off the Likeable Cliff yet). But all that was wasted in what seemed to be a lack of plot, a horrible protagonist (whom I wanted to smack some sense into) and trying too hard to be quirky and funny like a contemporary John Green novel. Very disappointing and not recommended. I will NOT be checking out any sequels in this series.

    UPDATE: Four years after reading this book and writing this review, I've had way too many comments questioning my character in regards to this stupid book. So instead of answering every comment, I'll be deleting and banning a lot of people. You're welcome.

    I've spent this section plus many pages of comments on this review explaining the various points of my opinion, so I would recommend reading them before pointing out something I missed. Some people have commented that's way too much time - I also think any time spent watching football (either American or otherwise) is too much, but I certainly don't tell my aunt, a big 49ers fan, that. The world is full of diverse people, with diverse opinions. I have never gone onto a positive review to argue the other person's intelligence or mental capacity in liking this stupid book, and I don't understand why it's OK to argue with my negative opinion, to come onto my review on a book and insult me. This is not two people sharing a different opinion. This is insulting a person over her own opinions she vocalized on a site dedicated to reader reviews. It is bullying, and I don't have to put up with it.

    A review is my opinion; an opinion can neither be right or wrong.

    This is my space. I am allowed to say what I want here, as long as it doesn't violate Goodreads code.

    You have your own space. If you want to talk about how awesome Miss Peregrine is, instead of wasting time here not changing my mind (and in fact causing me to hate this book even more than I used to dislike it), why don't you take to your space and say what you want?

    And if you are really worried about people reading, why don't you let potential readers look at the evidence of various reviews and choose for themselves? I prefer someone to think critically and decide whether one person's flaws are another person's flaws than to force my opinions on someone. (hide spoiler)]

  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    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 more 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 exchange:
    “What are you, my mom?”
    “Do I look like I blow truckers for food stamps?”

    I 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.

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  3. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    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 photographs

    but the reality is, it is nothing more than a regurgitated version of X-Men. (hide spoiler)]

  4. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    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!

  5. Zoë Zoë says:

    Edit on January 9th, 2016: I haven't thought about this book since I read it in July and I really have no interest anymore 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 more 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!

  6. Christine Riccio Christine Riccio says:

    Really enjoyed this!! Here's my booktalk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9IEq... Can't wait to read Hollow City =D

  7. Nick Nick says:

    yo I came for the horror, got the fluffy stuff

  8. Wigs Wigs says:

    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 more 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 more 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 more about age 10/11 looking, and the fact that her age, or a description to indicate she's more 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 more 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.

  9. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    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.

    Furthermore, 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.

  10. Giselle Giselle says:

    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 more juvenile, like a child's fairy tale, which is not what I expected hence leaving me feeling a bit underwhelmed.