Title: Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #0.5)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Paranormal/Short Stories
Publication Date: September 3rd 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“So please enjoy these Tales—before a crackling fire on a chilly night, ideally,”
Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
This was a really fast and easy read for me. I read it within one sitting and when I was done, I wanted more. I’d say that is a pretty good sign.
Tales of the Peculiaris a collection of short stories/folk tales centered around “peculiar” people. At the time of reading this, I have only read the first book in Ransom Riggs series, it appears that you don’t have read the trilogy before diving into this one. There wasn’t any one tale that I didn’t like. I had a lot of fun with it. I love reading folk tales/fairy tales so this was right up my alley. It would’ve been a five star for me but there were some that I felt ended too abruptly. Yes, I know that many fairy tales suddenly wrap up quickly, but it still frustrates me sometimes when I’m just really getting into the tale and BAM it’s over. I did really love that they all read like a fairy tale/folk tale that I might read in a collection of Andrew Langs beloved fairy tales.
Oh and can we talk about the physical book itself? It’s BEAUTIFUL. It has no dust jacket, so it looks like a beautiful old book. I wish more books went this route because I was in heaven when I got it in the mail yesterday.
Below are my personal ratings of the stories but I have chosen not to say much about them because I think this is a perfect book to go into blind. The stories aren’t long so telling you much about them might take away some of the magic of this book.
The Splendid Cannibals 5/5
The Fork-Tongued Princess 4.5/5
The First Ymbryne 5/5
The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts 4/5
The Pigeons Of Saint Paul 3/5
The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares 5/5
The Locust 4/5
The Boy Who Could Hold Back The Sea 3/5
The Tale Of Cuthbert 4/5
I would certainly recommend this if you like fairy tales and/or enjoyedMiss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children.