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R and truth to be spoken I was left absolutely and utterly mesmerized by this gripping and nchanting gothic mystery If you have very sweet idea of faery folks being beautiful and charming then let me warn you they are charming indeed but a very haunting way Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie are changelings known as Peculiars and hated by both humans and Faes When a mysterious lady whisked away a boy Bartholomew broke the rule he got noticed by the dangerous lady in plum coloured dress and by many that included risking his life In this turmoil Bartholomew made an unlikely alley young Arthur JellibyPart steampunk part gothic part feary magic and part mystery the peculiar is one of best actually in my opinion it s the best MG book of 2012 I have come across The writing was magnificent and classic very simple yet so unlikely The novel itself unfolds the dark monstrous secret that lies beneath mysteries tangled in magic and murder In this alternative Great Britain Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! each of the characters of The Peculiar was chosen and crafted very carefully and skilfullyspecially Bartholomew who was very wise and courageous unlike the other boys at his age I m also very much influenced by Jelliby and Hattie I would like to see of little Hattie in next installmentAt this very young age author Stefan Bachmann has wrote something that is beyond brilliancy and his creativity is truly remarkable In this dark and Cannibal ethereal world Bachmann introduced I was immersed into this stupendously magnificent book and caught between the conflicts between of humans and fae alike Sometime I felt chills in my blood as the book became gruesomely murderous and I finished it fast only to solve the puzzle However by thend I found myself desperate for the next book The WhatnotSo dear Mr Bachmann would you please hurry and satisfy our thrust for the seuel I really didn t care for this book for several reasons I think the biggest problem for me was that none of the char The author was only 16 when he started writing this but you really wouldn t know unless someone told you Some beautiful metaphors and passages throughout just very well written Reminded me of the Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Strout in setting the rainy and foggy portrayal of London lots of scenes taking place at night many magical beings around VERY UPSET when I finished I read it on my Nook so I wasn t sure how close I was to the Mastered (The Enforcers, end which can be a perk or a problem depending on the book and when I turned that last page and saw the author s bio page instead of story a lot ofxpletives came out of my mouth Good for him for writing something that made me so mad that I couldn t keep going But I still think he s a jerk for it Hello Man, Son of Man everyone it s me Magic With a capital M that is You know the concept When you say It s magic then you re referring to meBeing the concept of magic in today s world is pretty tough Back in the old days I was uite strong but today Thanks to Youtube vidoes of little kittens doing whatever little kittens do the concept of cuteness is bigger than me Cuteness We used to laugh at that concept In the Middle Ages we would have wiped the floor withah forget itSo what does the concept of magic do these days Planning tragical accidents for so called sorcerors forxample Remember Siegfried and Roy and their huge kitten damn that kitten Not admitting to something but you know real magic when I hit you Just sayingNo most of the time I try to do something positive and visit books Books that deserve my attention and that are purely me The last book I visited was The Peculiar It s such a beautiful book It s like Christmas for your soul It has little steampunky gadgets fantastical faeries loveable characters and a big chunk of meIf you aren t a cold hearted robot that likes to hit children go and read this book No scratch that Read this book and buy the second one as well cause that one Alter Ego evening when you finish it you ll be like No no no no no And you need that second bookSo take this advice from a professional Let yourself becomenchanted by all the beauty of The Peculiar be nsorcelled by its language and this gathering of magic Or was it Magic the gathering I m so confused these daysOh oh helli hello and I m in this book too toodellooOh shu. Omew watches her through his window Who is she What does she want And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away in a whirling ring of feathers the boy who lives across the alley Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticedFirst he's noticed by the lady in plum herself then by something darkly magical and mysterious by Jack Box
I have wanted to read this book for some time I nded up picking it up off of the dollar table at one of my son s book fairs at school It nded up being a wonderful steampunk middle grade novel with magic and mysteryThis book takes place in an alternate London where fae unwillingly fell into our world The story follows two characters the first is Bartholomew Kettle who l Originally posted Book Whales When it comes to books about fey I always look for a good world building The Peculiar did not dissapoint Stefan made a world so colorful and vivid I don t usually read middle grade books but this book became an xception I love how it will test your imagination A story bursting with colors action and mystery I was addictedThe story took place in a world where faeries were trapped in our world and an imminent war between human and faeries is about to Unseen City explode The Changelingshalf lings were being condemned Bartholomew and his sister who themselves are changelings abide from this rule given by their mother Don t get yourself noticed and you won t get yourself hanged Then Hettie disappeared who can Bartie trust Will he be able to find his sister Pick up this book to find outThe world building is incredible It was well constructed a I kind of loved this book For reasons that are completely my own and probably because I study books and analyze them and read into them far than just the story However before I get into those reasons let s discuss the book itself The cover is gorgeous It s bright and interesting and sure to catch theyes of the intended audience And Art even though it does not say so in the cover orlsewhere in the synopsis I don t think the book has steampunk God Is in the Crowd elements that I like very muchThe beginning is slow and at first I wondered if I should give up but for some reason I decided that I must persist and so I did Bart and his sister have a sad life having to live hidden as they do because being Peculiars their lives are forfeit if they get caught Their mother was fooled by a high fairy who loved her abused her and then left her The novel begins with the narration of how fairies crossed over from fairyland to Bath and the war thatnsued as humans and fairies battled for supremacy with the humans finally retaining their superior status That was the slow part too much tellingHowever once the narrative takes off it does so with a bang Bart is a sympathetic character and it is Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard easy to be completely on his side as he lives his half life not understanding why he is hated for being something and someone he had no say in Then there are the various other characters some of them terrifying others not so much Arthur Jelliby is a very interesting character he is dynamic and shows a lot of growth during the course of the narrative He begins as a pampered soft character andnds as someone who knows and is determined to do right and punish the wrong The pacing is awesome the tension works to keep the narrative flowing and the relationships between Arthur and Bart and Bart and the rest of the world is intriguing Even the relationship between the plum lady and the parasite who actually loves her is food for thought I thought this was a splendid novel and offered substance as well as The Matriarchs (The Family entertainmentNow the reason why this novel spoke so deeply to me is becauseven though it is couched in mythical and fairy tale terms in an alternate universe the issues and themes of this novel are so very contemporary I read this novel by George Bowering called Shoot which dealt with the downward spiral of a gang of outlaws who were mostly half English and half First Nations Both that novel and this one showed the stigma that is attached with being a mix of two races who are at odds with Notes for the Everlost each other Both show how unfairly the child is treated simply because he or she is a mix You may think that this is an old fashioned concern but a look around at the Happa culture will soon show you otherwise Old prejudices stillxist and are difficult to break and The Peculiar is a very admirable way of letting children learn about different people and ncourage them to accept these peopleI recommend this novel most strongly Bachmann you rock dudeMy love and fondness for middle grade novel brought my interest in The Peculia. Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hangedIn the faery slums of Bath Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings Peculiars and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with themOne day a mysterious lady in a plum colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley Barthol.
T up Cuteness Thank God that s over The guy can write He really can But I fell asleep several times while reading this I took a shower with it playing and was thinking I may ven fall asleep in there listening to it I didn tPros Terrific cover Audio is very well done He writes like a British author a high compliment coming from me He seems to know England well and he was 16 when he started writing this yet he was born in Colorado and now lives in Switzerland He writes in some respects like an old soul Sounds good right No no a thousand times no Cons I couldn t have cared less about the characters any of them And some were kids in fear of their lives I still didn t care They were all flat The story glimmered at times It could ve been so much better There were hints of wh To begin with this novel was well written but not very No Biggy! engaging There is a lot of ambitious world building but at times it feels cobbled together The language while very descriptive failed to create much of an atmosphere A lot of time is spent describing things instead of letting the reader use their imagination The world is described very thoroughly while the characters are left with few personality traits and no features Also time could have been spent setting the stage in the beginning andxplaining the state the world was in after the Smiling War Humans and fae are at war and then we jump to see the fae holding government office without any clear idea of the passage of time How did it go from Crush It! enemies touals so fast And if the fae are so integrated why such a strong prejudice against changelings Because when the two groups mix this is bound to happenIt seems like a strange choice for a children sya book to spend so much time following a grown man Why make the lead character so doltish and ineffectual Why choose the person least likely to act someone drawn in by chance and so reluctant to help A hero shouldn t be the one who whines why not someone Attracting Birds to Your Backyard else This makes it hard to believe his later heroic behavior I spent a large part of this book picturing Jelliby as a middle aged man because of the way he speaks and acts and was surprised later when he is described as young and handsome Wouldn t it have been better to make this clear in the beginning instead of making it seem as though he was just a narrative device to reveal to the reader the behavior of Mr Lickerish For the main protagonist he isn t a very sympathetic character He is inclined to help whom he perceives as a peer Melusine than he is to help a child Bartholomew He never seems to warm up to Bartholomew simply calling him boyven after he has learned his name All this child wants is a friend he spends a great deal of time thinking about it and most of his actions are driven by this desire It seems cruel of the author to offer up Jelliby as this friend Attaching the term changeling to these half blood children was very misleading Traditionally a changeling is a fae child in the place of a human child and vice versa I was under the mistaken impression from the jacket that Bartholomew was a human changeling living with the fae because of the authors usage of the term changeling to mean half blooded faery It seemed strange to me that people were so afraid of these changeling children If they are so feared why allow human and fae to mix at all It seems to me that if the children are feared why the lack of uproar about humans and fae mixing It is never mentioned that the mixed couples are shunned only the childrenThe plot of this book didn t really pick up until the Deep Listening end and then it stops abruptly clearly setting up for a seuel I was winding down for the finish when I realized there wasn tnough to wrap it up This wasn t advertised as a series so I was a little surprised While this novel has its faults its not a bad read The writing is very assured and the story is imaginative If you Bird-by-Bird Gardening enjoy the genre you will probablynjoy it Where it is lacking is in the characters I found it very hard to connect with any of them If it happened at all it was toward the nd but by then I was already disengaged and simply following alongA copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher through Firstreads dude s 18 and he writes like a freakin 1800 s poetBuy this boo. Nd the Raggedy Man by the powerful Mr Lickerish and by Arthur Jelliby a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed too and who against all odds offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belongPart murder mystery part gothic fantasy part steampunk adventure The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting inventive and unforgettable debut nov.
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