Tales of the Peculiar Book Review
January 26, 2018
Before diving into the fairy tales told in Tales of the Peculiar, I suggest reading the foreword. A warning is given, entailing that the stories in the book are not for those who are not peculiar. Some told are dark and strange; others have more truth than some can handle. If selling regenerated body parts to cannibals does not sound like a billion-dollar idea, this book is definitely not for you.
Tales of the Peculiar is an addition to the trilogy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The stories were hand-picked by Millard Mullings, one of the children at the home. The book is only 160 pages long and features ten short stories. Each story is perfectly crafted and told in the same way normal fairy tales are. They are part history, part fairy tale, and part moral lesson. The unique twists keep you on edge throughout the tales. There is not one story that did not exceed my expectations.
The writing is not the only highlight of this book. The illustrations done by Andrew Davidson are far more than extraordinary. The remarkably detailed drawings can almost tell the stories themselves. If the writing style nor the illustrations grab you, the hardback cover certainly might. If this book was judged by its cover alone, so many people would pick it up. The cover radiates elegance, with gold etchings against a dark green material.
In my opinion, Tales of the Peculiar should be read before reading the trilogy. However, be forewarned, “the book you are holding in your hands is meant for peculiar eyes only.”