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Ransom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Review

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 384

Rating: 4*/5

 

Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

 

I wasn’t too sure what to think before I started reading this. It’s one of those books that I’ve heard a ridiculous amount about, and I’m pretty sure a movie adaptation was being filmed at the same time as I was reading it. Good. It’s one of those rare novels that you pick up, read and just don’t want to put down. It was annoyingly good – because it lived up to the high expectations that I had – but it wasn’t perfect. Little things annoyed me, like the Americanisation of the phrase “taking the piss” and the occasional sentence that jerked me out of the story and pushed me to analyse the author’s writing style.

That said, it’s basically flawless if you ignore the minor flaws. Okay, sure, sometimes you’ll see the odd cliche that you’ve seen a hundred times elsewhere in YA fiction.  But if you’re not a young adult, why worry? You know how Die Hard is corny, ridiculous and a lot of fun to watch? That’s what this book is look. It’s like freebasing peculiarity, and it’s as addictive as it’s bad for you. It’s not ‘highliterature, but it is a fun read which you’ll whizz through whether you’re into young adult books or not.

Loosely speaking, the story follows a sixteen-year-old as he discovers that his grandpa’s old stories are more than…well, stories. His grandpa was killed by a monster, and before he was killed, he talked about a children’s home where everyone was remarkable – some would say ‘peculiar‘. Jake, our protagonist, ends up discovering the home itself, trapped in time in the middle of the Second World War, and the story is about the adventures he has with his new friends. And the narrative itself is presented alongside a series of photographs which show different elements of the story. I feel like it shouldn’t have worked, but it did.

As for me, it hasn’t exactly changed my life, but I will be checking out the rest of the series. If nothing else, it’s hard not to be drawn in by Riggs’ storytelling, and it’s also the perfect length for what it is.

 

Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs

 

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Ernest Hemingway – Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises | Review

Title: Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 216

Rating: 8/10

 

Ernest Hemingway - Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway – Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises

 

Fiesta is one of Hemingway’s first successful novels, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t excellent – in fact, you can see the spark that turned him in to one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, and the novel itself contains everything you’ve come to expect from him, from strong characterisation to booze and bull-fighting.

It tells the story of a week-long fiesta in Spain, following the story of a man named Jake and his love for a wild woman called Brett Ashley, who can’t be tied down. Jake follows her around everywhere, despite the fact that she leaves him for another man – in many ways, it’s a typical Hemingway story, but it’s told with such eloquence that it feels as original as it was when he first wrote it at the start of his career.

My only quibble is that it’s occasionally difficult to follow who’s speaking, and the dialogue is often bizarre – nevertheless, that’s probably because the characters are drunk for most of the novel, and Hemingway managed to capture the way in which drunks veer from one conversation to another. It’s probably because he was a drunk himself!

 

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

 

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