Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

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Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children 0.5
Publisher: Penguin Books
First published September 3rd, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Short Stories
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

A companion to the New York Times bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, now a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton.

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. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar–the collection of fairy tales known to hide information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops–first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories in this deluxe volume of Tales of the Peculiar, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. Featuring stunning illustrations from world-renowned woodcut artist Andrew Davidson this compelling and truly peculiar anthology is the perfect gift for not only fans, but for all booklovers.

Captura de ecrã 2017-06-30, às 18.09.21Ever since I read the first three books of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, I was interested in reading this one. They appeared a bit throughout the books and they just seemed so interesting and creepy! I’m hoping that maintains in here and so I’m reading this during Halloween month. So, let’s get started…


The short stories

The Splendid Cannibals – Starting in a really good note. This was creepy and TOTALLY awesome! It’s, like the title says, about cannibals, which is already awesome. But these are cannibals that found the perfect dining place! It’s a macabre story, that will show how money can blind you to no limits.

Overall: 5 stars


The Fork-Tongued Princess – This was beautiful and quite emotional. It’s about a princess that is beautiful, but like the title says she has a fork-tongue, which she tries to hide. But when discovered she is badly treated by the ones she least expected. It’s a tale that shows you how differences are often seen as something bad, and that often people only care about how the outside looks. I loved the princess and how strong and good she was!

Overall: 5 stars


The First Ymbryne – This was really interesting mainly because it makes you understand a bit more of the Peculiar’s world and how it came to be. While the last ones felt like myths (if you know what I mean) this felt like their history. It’s about a young bird who can turn herself into a woman. And if you’ve read the trilogy or even the first book, you probably know some just like her! She saved the Peculiar’s lives and changed their future forever. It was a really nice story, full of hope and fascinating “magic”.

Overall:  4 stars


The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts – I’m helluva happy after reading this. I can’t believe Coimbra actually appeared in a book… For those who don’t know, it’s a town in Portugal – where I lived for many years. But anyway… As for the story, it was extremely funny! It’s like a ghostly fairy tale and it made me smile through it all!

Overall:  4 stars


Cocobolo – This one was sad and beautiful… It’s about a father and a son who are both peculiar, and it’s the son’s journey to discover his peculiarity and how to follow his destiny. It was so sweet and compassionate! He had to learn how to be himself and stop combating it, and it was just really special to watch his journey.

Overall: 4 stars


The Pigeons of Saint Paul’s – Well, that was cute. I kind of didn’t think it was actually going to be about pigeons but, well, the title says it all. It is about pigeons and about their fight with humans. It was a light story, totally creative for sure because I wouldn’t think you could end up doing an interesting story with pigeons, but alas… He managed to do just that.

Overall: 3 stars


The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares – This was SO cool! I absolutely loved how creepy and sweet this was! Lavinia can rid people from Nightmares but sometimes nightmares are not necessarily a bad thing as she will learn. She is such a strong and good-hearted character!

Overall:  5 stars


The Locust – This was so beautiful! Such a sweet story about accepting one’s differences, and seeing past exterior. I loved Ollie and his peculiarity, and I loved to see his story and how his father slowly tried to accept him. Sadly, more than often, we only notice how much we love someone when it’s too late.

Overall: 5 stars


The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea – This was cute. Not as good as the last ones, but enjoyable. It’s obviously about a boy that can control the sea. He uses it to try and help people, but it always ends up rather badly for one reason or other…

Overall: 3 stars


The Tale of Cuthbert – That was sad… Poor Cuthbert… He was so sweet! But apparently animals, just like a lot of people, often think of themselves first. It saddens me to think that they would do that so I really liked Millard’s end to the story! It is so much happier and more hopeful!

Overall: 4 stars


The Man Who Bottled the Sun – This was quite a bittersweet story, although a very fun one! It’s about a man who had the ability to take sunshine and hold it. He was led to use it to make himself rich and exploit others, only to realize all that was just making his life worse. I loved how he came to realize it and how deep down he did have a good heart.

Overall: 4 stars


This was way better than I thought it would be. I loved reading this stories and they are all accompanied by a black and white image at the beginning of each – and they are gorgeous!!

My Top 3 stories were for sure The Splendid Cannibals, The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares, and The Locust.

It’s a really interesting and enjoyable book, and I would definitely recommend it, especially if you previously enjoyed the trilogy!

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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