A Review of a Few
Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Now if I was to write a book I would love to write it similar to this. I love pictures and using pictures tell a story or enhance an emotion is my favorite thing in the world. Ransom Riggs does this very well. Once I realized that this is what he focused on, I became very intrigued by this series and rushed out to buy all the books before the movie came out and ruined it for me. I am one of those people who want to have an idea of the characters before the movie creates it for you. Interestingly enough with the use of pictures the book kinda does the same thing a movie does, it takes away from the creative mind building you usually do. But in this case, it didn't bother me, it only enhanced the reading experience. And I think that's because of the type of photographs used.
I enjoyed the story of Jacob. I enjoyed how his parents explained away the mysteries. I enjoyed how Jacobs grandfather allowed those explanations to happen. I like the fact that Jacob acknowledge that he was teenager with hormones and it was kinda weird to be kissing the person he was kissing. I loved the descriptions of the children. Oddly enough my favorite part was the author interview at the end of the book. Where he talks about how the story came about. Since reading the book I have seen the movie. And I did enjoy it. A lot! It was different, it didn't carry the creepy feel all the way through but overall was well done. The sad part is that due to the popularity of the series, I haven't been able to get my hands on books 2 and 3 and I definitely want to get those, preferably in originally covers and not remade movie covers.
Have you read this book?
At the end of the story, Bradbury has some notes, I guess you would call them and he says this
"there is more than one way to burn a book"
in this he is calling out editors and publishing houses. But it is such an interesting line to me. Censorship is so unique and terrible. I grew up being told only one opinion and all others are wrong, that is not healthy. I don't have much to say about this book other than I greatly enjoyed it. Montag is an interesting character. My favorite parts were the conversations with Clarisse. Her unique questions and perspective was enjoyable. His wife was odd as I'm sure it was meant. But I think the best part of this was that he wrote it on dime typewriters in 9 days. That is amazing!
A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak. Yes, all that. But what else. What else? Something, something...
Before I get into my last review. I know very well that I do not review books, in the most traditional sense. I don't give you a synopsis, I'm vague and emotional. But that's how I think and I hope you enjoy that. The thing is with writing reviews I realize that I miss talking about books. I miss having conversations about books. Chatting about good characters and fawning over book boys. This book really brought this out for me because it's by one of my favorite authors and for the first time in my life I have no one close by to lend the book to and gush about with after they've read it. So if you know of any book clubs in the Madison, Wisconsin area let me know! Because I definitely haven't been able to find anyone that are accepting new people.
Jay Kristoff is one of those authors were I try not to see his books on the shelve at the book store (the same goes for Lauren DeStefano). Unfortunately I did see this one and no one was with me to prevent me from picking this book up. Not only did I pick it up, but it's the first book, freshly released of a series he hasn't even completed yet. So upon finishing read it I sat with a lovely book hangover. Thanks a million Mr. Kristoff. This is one of those books, that surprised me with its brutality and honesty, its adult fantasy. I am new to adult fantasy, usually I stick to YA and so I am still surprised by mature scenes containing sex, excessive violence or graphic descriptions. Yet all of that was very fitting for the novel and at no point did I find myself thinking that it was unnecessary. The first page starts with a warning of the author's lack of restraint to writing bloody tales.
This definitely wasn't a book I dove into and read in one sitting. It took a few days. But I find now with adult books I tend to do that. I need to think more on the content than I use to with quick YA reads. The thing is I still enjoyed every second of this book and I definitely wanted more. So fingers crossed I don't have to wait to long.
I've also read Black Butler Volumes 19 (for the second time), 20 and 21. Technically because I've 19 already this year and my count is based on goodreads I should be up one more book. But it really doesn't make much of a difference. I'll probably do a big review of these volumes in another six or seven months.
For now though, that's what I've been reading! Have you read any of these and if so what are your thoughts on them?