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  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    I am generally not a fan of tie in novels but consider me converted.Throughout the Peculiar Children series, they refer to this storybook There weren t as many stories as I expected only 10 As with the original series, the powers are inventive, the plot is quirky and the stories are fun.The Splendid Cannibal A population of peculiars can regrow limbs at will A group of hungry cannibals move in next door and are willing to pay Soon comes a story of greed and loss though not on the sid I am generally not a fan of tie in novels but consider me converted.Throughout the Peculiar Children series, they refer to this storybook There weren t as many stories as I expected only 10 As with the original series, the powers are inventive, the plot is quirky and the stories are fun.The Splendid Cannibal A population of peculiars can regrow limbs at will A group of hungry cannibals move in next door and are willing to pay Soon comes a story of greed and loss though not on the side you d think The Fork Tongued Princess A princess with a forked tongue learns several lessons about life and love Despite this being a short story, I was really impressed by the development of the main character You go girl The First Ymbryne Medieval England tale the very first Ymbryne discovers her power and her destiny Nice story, but it wasn t particularly interesting Yawnsville.The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts Hildy spent her childhood in the company of her ghost sister She s grown now but doesn t want to spend time with the living So she shops around looking for the most haunted areas so she could have company.Cocobolo Set in ancient China, a boy loses his father to the sea And soon find himself being lost to the sea as well Rather interesting tale but it was so sad at the end.The Pigeons of Saint Paul s This is the one from the main series Not much is new or added to this one Remember never trust a pigeon.The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares I appreciated the creepiness of this one and the lesson that not all peculiars are blessed with fun, quirky powers The little girl can help people by plucking out their nightmares but such a terrible power comes with a truly awful price.The Locust A boy who cared so much living creatures has a father who refused to see creatures as something to be loved Thus, the boy becomes the creatures and can only be saved is someone could love the true him.The Boy Who Could Hold Back The Sea A dire warning about sharing powers with those who are willing and able to take advantage of them It was an okay story, a bit dull after the first few pages.The Tale of Cuthbert A fleshing out of the Cuthbert tale from the first peculiar book As before, I feel sorry for the poor, lonely giant I want to visit him and give him a hug.Audiobook CommentsRead by Simon Callow, Bruce Mann and Garrick Hagon they did a rather nice job YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading


  2. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    I absolutely adored this Review to come


  3. Nat Nat says:

    Tales of the Peculiar is a collection of 10 short stories featuring the peculiars most beloved folklore I have yet to read the peculiar trilogy by Ransom Riggs, but since I absolutely loved his Talking Pictures, I decided to give this one a go And it was one of the best decisions I made todayPassed down from generation to generation since time immemorial, each story is part history, part fairy tale, and part moral lesson aimed at young peculiars These tales hail from various parts of the gl Tales of the Peculiar is a collection of 10 short stories featuring the peculiars most beloved folklore I have yet to read the peculiar trilogy by Ransom Riggs, but since I absolutely loved his Talking Pictures, I decided to give this one a go And it was one of the best decisions I made todayPassed down from generation to generation since time immemorial, each story is part history, part fairy tale, and part moral lesson aimed at young peculiars These tales hail from various parts of the globe, from oral as well as written traditions, and have gone through striking transformations over the years They have survived as long as they have because they are loved for their merits as stories, but they arethan that, too This review contains mild spoilers.The Splendid Cannibals 4.5 5 stars As the title might suggest, in this tale wealthy cannibals dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars Of course, they were civilized cannibals and never killed innocent people Not only was the writing spectacular, but it was also such a fascinating and educational take on spending or rather, wasting money and never seeing a limit.The Fork Tongued Princess 5 5 starsIn the ancient kingdom of Frankenbourg there was a princess who had a peculiar secret in her mouth hid a long, forked tongue and across her back lay shimmering, diamond patterned scales In this story the kingdom is preparing for a royal wedding The princess has been matched with a prince from Galatia for political necessity , but she s terribly frightened that once the prince discovers her secret, he ll reject her at onceDon t worry, counseled her handmaiden He ll see your beautiful face, come to know your beautiful heart, and forgive the rest And if he doesn t the princess replied Our best hope for peace will be ruined, and I ll live the rest of my days a spinster The only person to know her true identity is her lovely and trustworthy handmaiden At its heart, this short story is about finding love not the romantic kind, thankfully and acceptance in unexpected placesI believe I m done with princes forever, the princess said, peculiar or otherwise I seriously cannot bethankful for that ending Her character growth was so inspiring and powerful I loved it.The First Ymbryne 4.5 5 starsThe first ymbryne wasn t a woman who could turn herself into a bird, but a bird who could turn herself into a woman Ymeene, born into a family of goshawks, has always felt unaccepted in her environment She s been afflicted and blessed with the ability to turn into both bird and human.So, when turned away from her family, she tries her luck as a human but soon figures out that no village among normals will accept her peculiarity You see, she had a talent other than her ability to change form she could make small moments repeat themselves.On a day where she s doing just that, she meets Englebert, a young man with his head disconnected entirely from his neck He invites her back to his camp, where she meets her peopleThey welcomed her even after she showed them how she could turn herself into a hawk, and in turn they showed her some of the unusual talents they possessed It seemed she was not alone in the world Perhaps, she thought, there was a place for her after all But what Ymeene didn t realize was that she had joined them during one of the darkest periods for peculiars.It was really interesting getting to know some background on the setting for Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children I d read about the loop but never knew why it had been placed there from the startIt was then that Ymeene realized her time looping talent had a use she d never fully understood one that would change peculiar society forever, though she couldn t have known it then She d made a safe place for them, a bubble of stalled time, and the peculiars watched in fascination as the normals army advanced toward them and then faded away, over and over again, in a three minute loop One of the most satisfying moments.Also, I love how strong the female character are in this collection SO MUCH YES.And no unnecessary romantic subplot TOO MUCH YES.The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts 4 5 starsThere was once a peculiar woman named Hildy She had a high laughing voice and dark brown skin, and she could see ghosts She wasn t frightened by them at all Seeing ghosts is one of my biggest fears I can fully blame my younger self for watching The Sixth Sense at night , so this short story was right up my alley.Hildy s twin sister drowned when they were children, and when she was growing up, her sister s ghost was her closest friend So when her twin informs her that she has to attend some ghost business for a few years, Hildy feel distraught.To distract herself, she tries to connect with other living people but cannot for the live in her find common groundHildy found she preferred the company of ghosts to living people, and so she decided to make some ghost friends The trouble was how to do it Even though Hildy could see ghosts, they were not easy to talk to Ghosts, you see, are a bit like cats they re never around when you want them, and rarely come when called She comes up with the idea to buy a haunted house to easily befriend a full time ghost, which made me think she was a bit strange which, to be fair, she was.What I didn t, however, expect was for this short story to be so funny I kid you not, I laughed out loud multiple times, which I greatly appreciated from a ghost story.Passages like this next one set the tone perfectly for what I m trying to conveyHildy was getting desperate At a particularly low moment, she even entertained the thought of killing someone, because then their ghost would haunt her but that didn t seem like a very good way to start a friendship, and she quickly abandoned the idea Incredible.Cocobolo 4.5 5 starsAs a boy, Zheng worshipped his father This was during the reign of Kublai Khan in ancient China, long before Europe ruled the seas, and his father, Liu Zhi, was a famous ocean explorer Zheng s father, a famous ocean explorer, disappeared when he was just tenLiu Zhi s final expedition had been to discover the island of Cocobolo, long thought legendary, where it was said rubies grew on trees and liquid gold pooled in vast lakes Before leaving, he told Zheng to come looking for him if he should not return And, after having frightful nightmares featuring Liu Zhi, his son was ready to go seek for his father Zheng d made a promise to his father and he intended to fulfill itIf I should never return, promise you ll come looking for me one day Don t let grass grow under your feet Turns out that that mysterious sentiment had been a message a coded message His father knew something peculiar was going to happen because the same had happened to him.This was exactly my kind of tale because I love anything magical And in this case Zheng listened to his prophetic dreams and let them guide him to Liu ZhiIf that didn t work, he would listen to the whales It s an incredible read about fate and destiny And that ending was damn beautiful.The Pigeons of Saint Paul s 3.5 5 stars According to Millard Nullings, the story of the pigeons and their cathedral is one of the oldest in peculiar folklore.The pigeons are terribly grumpy that human buildings happen to intrude upon what the pigeons considered their private domain So, pigeons being democratic and all, they decide to show the humans what s whatOf course, the pigeons knew they couldn t win a war against humans nor did they want to Who would drop scraps for them to eat if the humans were dead But pigeons are experts in the art of sabotage, and with a clever combination of disruption and vandalism, they began a centuries long fight to keep the humans at ground level, where they belonged But they don t quite understand what their effort might result in.This short story is the perfect example of what an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth means.The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares 4.5 5 stars Eleven year old Lavinia wanted nothingthan to become a doctor just like her fatherShe would have made an excellent doctor but her father insisted it wasn t possible He had a kind heart, too, and merely wanted to save his daughter from disappointment at that time there were no female doctors in America at all But Lavinia would not be discouraged She made a promise to herself that she would discover a cure for something One day she would be famous.And that day comes when Lavinia realizes she could help her younger brother, Douglas, who had always suffered from bad dreamsAs word of Lavinia s mysterious talent spread, their house began to receive a steady stream of visitors, all of whom wanted Lavinia to take away their nightmares Lavinia was thrilled perhaps this was how she was meant to help people She s the girl that can take away nightmares by sticking her fingers into the patient s ear and pulling out a mass of thready black stuff.But things start to get a bit messy with Lavinia taking surge at her new peculiaritySome people deserved their nightmares, her father had said, and it occurred to her that just because she took them didn t mean she had to keep them She could be the Robin Hood of dreams, relieving good people of their nightmares and giving them to the wicked and as a bonus she wouldn t have a ball of nightmare thread following her around all the time Such a fascinating take on what it means to be good or bad, and the consequences of having power over people.Like MN said, this tale warns peculiar children that there are some talents that are simply too complex and dangerous to use, and are better left alone.The Locust 3.5 5 stars We start with an introduction to a hard working immigrant from Norway named Edvard who went to America to seek his fortune.After settling down for a few years, his hard work prospered a little and he found a loving wife with whom he started a family when she gave birth to a baby boy.But something was wrong with the babyits heart was so big that one side of its chest was noticeably larger than the other Upon taking his child to see old Erick, Edvard discovers that to his dismay his son Ollie is peculiar.The older and sweeter Ollie becomes, thehis father felt his heart hardening against his sonWorst of all, the boy was enslaved to the whims of his too large heart He fell in love in an instant By the age of seven he had proposed marriage to a classmate, a neighbor girl, and the young woman who played the organ at church, fifteen years his senior If ever a bird should fall from the sky, Ollie would sniffle and cry over it for days When he realized that the meat on his dinner plate came from animals, he refused to eat it ever again The boy s insides were made of goo This was such a special story on loving someone and learning to accept them despite being stuck to your principles and prejudice.The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea 3.5 5 starsThere was once a peculiar young man named Fergus who could harness the power of the currents and tides Fergus is one of the best fisherman to ever exist, but with his mother dying, he makes a promise to never expose his talentAs she lay dying, his mother made him promise to leave for the coast as soon as she was in the ground With your talent, you ll be the best fisherman who ever lived, and you ll never have to go hungry again But never tell anyone what you can do, son, or people will make your life hell But, of course, when Fergus breaks his promise, consequences follow quickly.The story was a very compelling take of trying to play hero and the aftermaths of it.The Tale of Cuthbert 4.5 5 starsOnce upon a peculiar time, in a forest deep and ancient, there roamed a great many animals In the age where giants still roamed the earth, Cuthbert the kindly giant stopped hunters from hunting the peculiar animals in this story The animals greatly appreciated his kindness, and soon animals all over were coming to him every day, asking for help to be lifted out of dangerI ll protect you, little brothers and sisters All I ask in return is that you talk to me and keep me company There aren t many giants left in the world, and I get lonely from time to time And they said, We will, Cuthbert, we will But then a witch comes to avenge the family of the hunter Cuthbert squashed, and the story takes a rather dark turn.I thought this collection was going to end with a happily ever after and thankfully Millard Nullings agreed because he took the liberty to improvise a new and less dire conclusion If this collection didn t convince me to pick up Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children, I don t know what will Like, this was everything I wanted from Ransom Riggs EVERYTHING.I mean Girl power Close family relationships No unnecessary romance Diversity Gorgeous illustrations Tales of the Peculiar continued to greatly surprise me because each story got to my heart one by one Whatcould a girl wantNote I m anAffiliate If you re interested in buying Tales of the Peculiar, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionSupport creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko fi.com bookspoils This review andcan be found on my blog


  4. Ben Alderson Ben Alderson says:

    Loved some, didn t love others Nice to dive back into this world


  5. Wendy Darling Wendy Darling says:

    Well, this was utterly delightful Tricky cannibals, a ball of nightmares that follows you around, and manystrange and wonderful inhabitants This short but rich book is written with masterful style, and manages to make its characters endearing without being maudlin and without trying too hard for sentimentality and quirkiness And it s funny In a very sly, deadpan way, particularly in the first story which cleverly implies the origins of the phrase an arm and a leg I just might have Well, this was utterly delightful Tricky cannibals, a ball of nightmares that follows you around, and manystrange and wonderful inhabitants This short but rich book is written with masterful style, and manages to make its characters endearing without being maudlin and without trying too hard for sentimentality and quirkiness And it s funny In a very sly, deadpan way, particularly in the first story which cleverly implies the origins of the phrase an arm and a leg I just might have to read Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children after all.Closest thing I ve read in modern lit to Grimm s fairy tales complete with macabre events and the occasional thoughtful morality tale This is an author whose writing style is sophisticated and shows great restraint, and one who trusts in his readers no matter their age to follow along Audio Notes LOVED the audio version narrated by the incomparable Simon Callow, whose plummy voice pronounces the delicious words with utmost care I very much liked his different voices as well, and special applause for voicing young female characters with sympathy and appreciation Those who enjoyed the Harry Potter audio versions Jim Dale or Stephen Fry should definitely pick this one up, as I think the stories are similarly appealing and this voice performance is even better An audio version was provided by the publisher for review.


  6. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    The newest addition to the wonderful universe of the Peculiar Children and their surroundings, created by Ransom Riggs, is every bit as interesting and special as Miss Peregrine s Trilogy No It s even better You won t find our familiar Peculiars in this collection, what we see is their ancestors struggle to cope with their talents and with the cruel ways society used to ostracize them Our guide back in time is our beloved MillardThe Splendid CannibalsCannibals are creepy and ni The newest addition to the wonderful universe of the Peculiar Children and their surroundings, created by Ransom Riggs, is every bit as interesting and special as Miss Peregrine s Trilogy No It s even better You won t find our familiar Peculiars in this collection, what we see is their ancestors struggle to cope with their talents and with the cruel ways society used to ostracize them Our guide back in time is our beloved MillardThe Splendid CannibalsCannibals are creepy and nightmarish Sometimes ordinary humans are even worseThe Fork Tongued PrincessOne of my favourite stories in the collection Here, we have a princess with a special kind of beauty, unwilling to let men dictate her life It reminded me of a well known Russian fairy taleThe First YmbryneA beautiful story about the First Ymbryne that created the very first timeloop Set in Medieval EnglandThe Woman Who Befriended GhostsSuch a funny, bittersweet story this one Many times the substantial and insubstantial world can be equally harsh and frustratingCocoboloFascinating Peculiars in ancient China, during the reign of Kublai KhanThe Pigeons of Saint Paul sI bow down to the genius that is Ransom Riggs in this story Also, mental note Raise head and say hello to the feathery friends next time I visit Saint Paul s CathedralThe Girl Who Could Tame NightmaresA dark, ominous story Is every gift peculiar or not a blessing or a curse A coin of two faces This is my favourite story in the collectionThe LocustIt doesn t matter how kind you are People will always be cruel enough to keep on hurting those who are tender and gentle People will always view kindness as weaknessThe Boy Who Could Hold Back The SeaAn atmospheric tale of the sea, coming from IrelandThe Tale of CuthbertA tale of old, mixing echoes of Oscar Wilde and the myth of the giants made of stone from Yorkshire.It s not necessary to have read the Trilogy of the Peculiar Children to enjoy this collection I m sure the tales are interesting enough to lure you all by themselves Still, those who are already familiar with the World of the Peculiars will appreciate them evenThis magnificent universe is a never ending source of great stories and beautiful themes Enjoy


  7. P P says:

    The first ymbryne wasn t a woman who could turn herself into a bird, but a bird who could turn herself into a woman When I heard the news about this book, my heart was floating away As everyone knows that I am a die hard fan of Ransom Riggs because his works always excite and inspire me in the whimsical way I loved his writing style and cherish his ideas even though I don t know where they come from In this book, we ll see the tales with the original vibes and gruesome twists Tales of th The first ymbryne wasn t a woman who could turn herself into a bird, but a bird who could turn herself into a woman When I heard the news about this book, my heart was floating away As everyone knows that I am a die hard fan of Ransom Riggs because his works always excite and inspire me in the whimsical way I loved his writing style and cherish his ideas even though I don t know where they come from In this book, we ll see the tales with the original vibes and gruesome twists Tales of the Peculiar is not a bed time story which is dreamy and fluffy This is the tales of the peculiar and it ll deliver a nightmare to you after finishing And I ve already warned you.The First Ymbryne is my favorite, it s the only tale that has a connection to those three books Moreover, the other stories are not bad, they re energetic and imaginative like I was reading folklores The Pigeons of Saint Paul s is an ordinary story without something unique, but Ransom gathered the moral issue and satirized it into his story, it made me think of some people who don t care nothing at all for they want to build their empire and let it be the highest one So the pigeons called a meeting, and several thousand of them gathered on an empty island in the middle of the river Thames to decide what to do about the humans and their increasingly tall buildings Pigeons being democratic, speeches were made and the question was put to a vote A small contingent voted to put up with the humans and share the air A smaller faction advocated leaving London altogether and finding somewhere less crowded to live But the vast majority voted to declare war Tales of the Peculiar is a real page turner and what I expected


  8. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    There are some really good stories in this book and some others that I didn t care for too much The first one I loved and it was just so gruesome and funny.


  9. Mohammed Arabey Mohammed Arabey says:

    Surprisingly Strong, Deep, Meaningful short story with many layersOf Acceptance, and Prejudice rejection..Of the hardness of finding friends..And the complicated relation between Fathers Sons..with Kafkaian Atmosphere..Of Dreams NightmaresOf selling oneself, of greed and living on credit , of capitalism, banking, even silencing a revolution All very beautifully illustrated, told in fairy tale way but deeper with touch of horror, peculiarity.yet with hope and meaningful moral Surprisingly Strong, Deep, Meaningful short story with many layersOf Acceptance, and Prejudice rejection..Of the hardness of finding friends..And the complicated relation between Fathers Sons..with Kafkaian Atmosphere..Of Dreams NightmaresOf selling oneself, of greed and living on credit , of capitalism, banking, even silencing a revolution All very beautifully illustrated, told in fairy tale way but deeper with touch of horror, peculiarity.yet with hope and meaningful morals..A real must read even if you didn t start the Trilogy yetMohammed ArabeyFrom 15 Jan 2018To 21 Jan 2018


  10. Jessica Avery Jessica Avery says:

    quick and fun read if you like the other books then read this one


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Tales of the Peculiar Do you know what lived in the ancient forests, before we walked the earth Do you know of the giants and cannibals who came before us Do you know the origins of the first ymbryne These are the stories that came long before us peculiars, and that will outlive us all