Book Review: Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs

One of the best physical books ever, with the most peculiar credits and author picture, as well as that beautiful fabric jacket and shimmering golden vines.

Name: Tales of the Peculiar
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: September 3, 2016


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.

Book Cover Comments

Classy, pretty, that gold shine on that velvet green, I like it!

The Actual Review

This book is super cool, beginning in the way where Millard (character from the main series) is sort of the collector of tales for the so-called re-editioned Tales of the Peculiar. Millard has an author profile page for himself, and this book has the most amusing copyright credits whatsoever you call that page thing. Syndrigast publishing my goodness. I was like wait what, WOAH.

So Tales of the Peculiar is a collection of some of the best tales from the original rare story-only-existing “Tales of the Peculiar” which is three volumes and heavy as hell. I absolutely love the idea of this book, because we get to experience what its like to read the Tales of the Peculiar with the book in our hands. The gorjass pages also makes the flipping way more fun and amusing I know I’m not making any sense at all.

In the actual series, (all reviews can be found in my review page), there were two tales mentioned, one being Cuthbert, the other being St. Paul’s Cathedral one. In this recollection, Millard decides to take another telling of St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was really interesting instead of repeating whatever we have in the original series, giving us a new sample of what the story came out as in different generations of peculiars. Cuthbert story, because it meant a lot in the series, was kept its original way, with an additional ending by Millard at the end, which was really lovely.

This book is a wonderful read at anytime of the series, as well as being a standalone novel itself. Of course you won’t understand who Millard is, but this book is basically my Peculiar Aesop’s Fables, and I absolutely love more of this world building of Peculiardom, as well as a trip to discover many more different peculiarities and perspectives of one’s story.


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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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