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Clipp Notes: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
December 4, 2012 - 11:52pm

Who isn't, at least a little bit, a sucker for the paranormal? All it took was a second glance at the cover page, featuring a vintage photograph of a stone-faced levitating girl, and I knew I had to read it. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is without a doubt one of the most unique, imaginative novels out there right now.

The book starts out with the narrator, Jacob, reminiscing about the fantastical stories his grandfather told him as a boy, stories about a levitating girl, invisible boy, children with peculiar strength, and peculiar talents all around. Eventually the boy grows out of believing such tales, he and his parents believing his grandfather's ravings about childhood oddities and monsters are a product of dementia.

At least, until they're staring Jacob right in the face.

For the first while, this book was legitimately creepy; old black and white photos following the descriptions. The photos included levitating children, children featuring inhuman strength, children holding fire in their palms, etc. All of them depicting characters in the home for peculiar children where Jacob's grandfather claimed to have grown up in.

Riggs was very successful in creating eerie, unsettling settings; I had to forego going to my basement for a little while. Despite that, I started to doubt the plot; it seemed like the author just came up with scenarios to fit the photographs. That's something I wasn't entirely able to get over throughout the book. At times, the connections between the photographs and the story seemed a little forced.

Overall, the photographs - collected from various collectors complimented the story well. Or rather, the story complimented the photographs well.

Just as the level of creepiness hit its peak, the author flipped it around into this incredibly creative adventure. I was impressed at the thoroughness of his characters, and especially how the author presented time travel. It was a unique take on time that I hadn't yet encountered, even willing to exploit its own paradoxes.

The plot has many twists, and held my interest at a steady level throughout the book. This is a very unique book, and I applaud the author for making it work. It was a very fun, quick read.

I highly recommend this novel to any and all readers, especially you paranormal addicts and vintage photograph lovers.


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