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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.
Stefan Bachmann's debut novel, THE PECULIAR, was absolutely stunning! THE PECULIAR is quite possibly the best middle grade novel I've ever read, and it will be adored by readers of any age.
I knew that I wanted to read this book ever since I heard of it. So when Harper offered it on Edelweiss, I pounced on it. Thanks for approving me, Harper! And when I started reading this book, I was sucked in from the very first few words. And I didn't stop reading until I was halfway through the book. It's that fantastic.
The writing style was mind-blowing. Stefan Bachmann created this excellent world that immediately grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. And I loved every second of it. With our main protagonist, Bartholomew, we go on an epic and wonderful adventure through the faery slums of Bath, trying to find a friend when we all desperately need one.
Bartholomew was such a great character. He's funny, sly, and different, which makes it all the better. Bachmann made his character so vivid, I felt as if he were real. I know, sounds crazy right? If you read this book (WHICH YOU MUST), you will understand exactly what I mean.
After finishing THE PECULIAR, I knew that this was the best middle-grade novel that I have ever read. No other book has made me lose myself into a charming world; made me think about things I had never consider; and most of all, it made me think of people, and how everything little action that we do affects them in more ways that anyone can ever imagine. I feel that THE PECULIAR is a novel about friendships, and the outcasts who are in need of one, even when everyone around them won't give them a chance.Read more ›
The audio voice couldn't be better. It's a perfect fit for all characters, female and male...rare indeed. This series is a must have for all ages. The characters are New, inspiring, and frightening, just wonderful.
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As an adult, I very much enjoyed the fantasy world and narrative that Bachmann creates but I feel it's a little too dark for anyone under 18.Published 1 month ago by Wondering About That
"The Peculiar" was an amazing read. This book takes place in London during the 1800’s. Even though it is set in the past, there are futuristic things like clockwork and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by NLOX4
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 9 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 11 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 13 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 13 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 19 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 20 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 20 months ago by Casi