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The Peculiar Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 18, 2012
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Oh, and my 14-year-old daughter also approves. She can't wait for the next book in the series. Neither can I.
I'm not one to read books about fae, but I really enjoyed this one! The fact that the fairies are portrayed as human-like is probably why it appealed to me. I'm curious to learn more about their world and the magic they possess though.
Though I didn't strongly connect with either of them, Bartholomew and Mr. Jelliby were both interesting characters. As they attempted to attain their goals, they experienced a shift in personality, which definitely interested me.
All in all, The Peculiar was an enjoyable, imaginative read geared towards a younger audience. It's a simple story, but it's satisfying. It's a quick, fun and well-crafted book - Stefan Bachmann definitely has a way with words.
Bartholomew Kettle and his little sister are changelings, half human and half fae children, and are knows as Peculiars. The siblings live with their mother in the faery slums of Bath and do everything they can to NOT be noticed. But when a mysterious lady in plum shows up on their street and takes the changeling boy across the street, Bartholomew gets noticed, and worse, he gets marked. When the lady in plum and a Raggedy Man take Bartholomew's sister he must risk everything to save her. With the help of a Arthur Jelliby, Bartholomew goes up against the lady in plum and a sinister faery to save his sister and maybe the whole world.
Stefan Bachmann has crafted a fantastically enchanting, deliciously and whimsically dark, and impressive debut. The Peculiar offers readers a spellbindingly original story with a thrilling mix of steampunk, mystery and gothic fantasy elements, and two endearing heroes.
The story is fast and excitedly paced and will easily hold the attention of even young readers. Bachmann is a superb writer and storyteller, with a refreshing, smart and witty voice, and he weaves a lyrical and magical tale. The world-building is stellar with a grand and vivid Victorian steampunk setting. The world Bachmann has laid out is richly layered and stunning. Even the dirty, stark faery slums hold a certain enchanting quality.
What drew me to this book initially was the fact that it was touted has a middle-grade steampunk, which I've never read before.Read more ›
Yet some humans and some faeries found each other not unobjectionable....and Changeling resulted--Peculiar children despised by both races. Bartholomew and his little sister, Hettie, are two such children, confined by their mother for their own protection to the inside of a rundown home in a marginal area of war-torn Bath, now a predominantly faery town. Bartholomew can pass as human, from a distance; Hettie, with branches growing from her head instead of hair, is much too Peculiar...
But danger finds the two of them, nonetheless. Nine changelings have been horribly murdered...and all unwillingly, and rather unwittingly, Arthur Jelliby, a gentleman of means and a junior member of Parliament, finds himself embroiled by conscience and coincidence in keeping the tenth changeling alive. And Barthlomew might be that child. Or perhaps Hettie...little branch-haired Hettie, with her raggedy handkerchief doll, who can never play with other children...
Oh gosh, how to describe this murder mystery/alternate history/faery steampunk/brave brother/unwilling hero/utterly gripping story?Read more ›
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This book was a delight to read. Bachmann has a flair for language and brings this faery-inhabited steampunk London (and surrounding towns) to vivid life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joey R. Mosher
Clock-work and the Fae, what a brilliant concept. Grim in spots, but hopeful. Really got involved with the characters.Published 6 months ago by Wendy A. Emlinger
I couldn't put it down! So exciting and such an adventure! Exactly what I was looking for!Published 7 months ago by sadie
I have wanted to read this book for some time. I ended up picking it up off of the dollar table at one of my son’s book fairs at school. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karissa Eckert
Loved every word . a great read no matter the age. I have informed friends and thet all purchased and enjoyed.Published 13 months ago by Terrance
I loved the world created by Bachmann, it is so rich, vivid, and imaginative. You could really feel how the faery and Victorian worlds came together in a clockworky, steampunky... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Coreena McBurnie
If you like fantasy fiction you'll enjoy this book. I wasn't really expecting the story to be fantasy.Published 15 months ago by Casi
This is a surprisingly engaging story. Surprising because it's rather hard to describe but really works well. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is obvious to me that this must the first of a series. It is so different and intriguing; an alternate history, a total fantasy with a re-imagining of the concept of fairies... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lynne M Schuepbach