Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Worm Wednesday

Its been far too long since I have done a Bookworm Wednesday so for your reading pleasure here is a report on something I have read recently.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I really enjoyed this book for a few reasons.  One, it was well written and had a good plot line.  Two, it contained not only a story but pictures to go along with the story.  Kind of interesting pictures of people doing seemingly impossible things.  The pictures are from the early 20th century I think but go along with the story so well.

The author says this at the end of the book regarding the pictures:

"All the pictures in this book are authentic, vintage found photographs, and with the exception of a few that have undergone minimal post processing, they are unaltered.  They were lent from the personal archives of ten collectors, people who have spent years and countless hours hunting through giant bins of unsorted snapshots at flea markets and antiques malls and yard sales to find a transcendent few, rescuing images of historical significance and arresting beauty from obscurity--and most likely, the dump.  Their work is an unglamorous labor of love, and I think they are the unsung heroes of the photography world."

I am not sure what category to throw this book into.  Its fantasy but also maybe a little science fiction.  I think that teens would like this book as well as adults. summarizes the book in this way:

A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old 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 bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the 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.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone and I think it would appeal to many ages.

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