Sunday, March 09, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

(hb; 2011: first novel in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series)

From the inside flap:

"It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. . . As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-od 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 bedroom and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine's children were more than just peculiar.  They may have been dangerous.  They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason.  And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive."


This truly inspired - in the most complimentary sense of the phrase - and multimedia, not-quite-a-YA urban fantasy novel immediately immersed me in its time-looping, family-themed storyline and memorable characters.  (It's "not-quite-a-YA" work because of its dark-ish themes, several instances of strong profanity and brief instances of blood and WWII-era imagery.)  It's easily one of my favorite reads of late, and one that lends itself easily to cinematic form.

Great read, this - worth owning.

Followed by Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children.


The forthcoming film version, scheduled for a stateside July 2015 release, was announced recently.  Director Tim Burton has been "officially attached" to helm the project.  (I'll update this post when I can easily get more information.)

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