Tales of the Peculiar

Tales of the Peculiar

eBook - 2016
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Presents an illustrated edition of the fantastical book featured in the Miss Peregrine series that includes unusual fairy tales about wealthy cannibals, a fork-tongued princess, and the origins of the first ymbryne.

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 23, 2018

Well-written collection of original fairy-tales in the world of the Peculiars, made popular by Riggs in his best-selling Teen series beginning with *Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children.* If you have enjoyed that series, you will enjoy reading the legend of “The First Ymbryne” and the story of Cuthbert the Giant, which are background stories for the novels. “The Splendid Cannibals” is a clever and pointed combination of “The Fisherman and his Wife” and the ultimate economic lesson in supply and demand. There is a ghost story and a couple of peculiar romances. We discover that the proverb “No Man is an Island” is sometimes not true. But mostly these are stories about plucky young people who don’t fit into normal society and who have to find ways to accept who they are. That is the story of everyone’s teenage years – at least everyone interesting.

If you have read the Miss Peregrine books, this is a must. It is also a possible starting point if you just want to sample Riggs’ clever writing. The audio book read by Simon Callow is especially well-done.

Dec 04, 2016

This novel includes serial short tales about some of the first peculiars. Wealthy cannibals, the first ymbryne, the girl who can tame nightmares and many more. Each tale is about a different peculiar and some problems that they run into living among normal people. I absolutely loved this book and it was nice to be able to get a little more of the peculiar world. You don't have to read the series beforehand either, so it’s a book that anyone can read. All of the tales are really well written and there wasn't any that I didn't enjoy reading. Would definitely recommend this book and the series that it goes with to others. Also the artwork before each tale is absolutely amazing! Rating 5 out 5 stars
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 13, 2016

This is a collection of 10 exceptionally good short stories even though they are a bit 'peculiar'. In fact, the first one, "The Splendid Cannibals", touches on the macabre. The segue into the Peculiar trilogy in "The Tale of Cuthbert" is well done as is the tie-in to an actual historical event in "The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea". I think anyone who likes Neil Gaiman's stories would like these whether they've read the Peculiar Children series or not.

Oct 29, 2016

I could't finish this. I thought the first book was great, the second ok and I didn't like the third. These short stories are OK for a 10 year old.

Oct 10, 2016

A nice switch of genre for me. If you loved fairy tales as a child you will certainly enjoy.

Sep 24, 2016

A companion to Ransom Riggs' other tales of the peculiars, this is a beautiful read. I was constantly amazed at the writer's imagination and ability to tell what will become a modern fairy tale of sorts. It's at times violent but in a Grimm Brothers way. Very enjoyable read.


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