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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 39 – Tales of the Peculiar

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Raise your hand if you’re surprised that today brings yet another book review your way? No hands? Good, good.

Today’s book brings us one step closer to the 40s, and the final 11 books, but until then I present to you book 39.

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 39, Tales of the Peculiar
2017 Reading Challenge, Book 39, Tales of the Peculiar

I know literally nothing about this who thing other than the fact that Asa Butterfield and Eva Green are in the film version of it. And they can do some weird shit. Like someone can fly or something. I don’t know. I’m basing all this knowledge on this the trailers and tidbits that I have seen when I flick onto the film on TV. I am refraining from watching the film because I’ve yet to read the book.

Which I’ve still not done.

But I have read this.

Which is basically the Hans Christian Anderson/Brothers Grimm of this universe.

And I loved them.

There were the perfect amount of creepy and they helped to get a greater sense of the world that these characters inhabit.  Due to the nature of the fact that it is just short stories I’m gonna just go through the parts/stories that I really enjoyed.

Opening with The Splendid Cannibals  was kind of incredible. In that it really set the tone for me as to what kind of world this truly is. As I said, I was going in blind with this. It also kind of highlighted to me that this was literally like the fairytales for this world because the moral of this one was that greed is an insane beast and makes people cray.

The First Ymbryne also felt like it served a lesson for life. I liked how it was a story of discovery about what you can and can’t do and pushing those boundaries, proving that you can do more than you ever thought was possible. I’m apparently a sucker for that kind of shit.

The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts for some reason made me weirdly emotional. I don’t even really know why, it might have just coincided with Aunt Flo, but it did. The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares was maybe my favourite. I found the subject matter of it fascinating and an interesting take on it. I loved the characterisation of nightmares and how it was somehow slightly playful, but then also totally power hungry.

I also quite liked the vibe of the second to last story, The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea. I can’t even quite pinpoint why I liked it so much. There was just something about that did it for me. The actual final story fell a bit flat after that, but that’s mainly just because I liked the one before it so much and it just didn’t do anything for me.

All in all, I would recommend this book. Whether you need to revisit the world that you’ve been to before and need something to remind you of that or whether you need an introduction into this universe. It’s good for both.

3/5 stars.

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