Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hollow City

A book with nonhuman characters.

The sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs does not fail to once more weave an incredible tale around discovered pictures that captivate the reader almost as much as the story does. In the first book we are introduced to the band of peculiar children with special talents, and with the beginning of this book the children are fleeing their home in an effort to find others like them to help them and their caretaker Miss Peregrine. That's all I will tell you to avoid spoilers from the first book.

I can however tell you that these books are amazing! Numerous people have told me they have hesitated to read the first book due to the creepy pictures interspersed among the pages. And even I must admit I was among that number at first. But finally picking up the book was the best thing I could have done! Each picture is one that friends of Riggs have found over the years in various places. He went through their collections, found ones that intrigued him, and wrote a story around them. He does this so well that it would seem that the pictures were taken for the story! And there are some weird pictures!

In this book we met a few animal peculiars, which let me check off the list item for nonhuman characters. Well, and of course the story has the terrifying hollowgast, hideous shadow monsters that go unseen to all but those few peculiars like Jacob Portman, the story's protagonist who has been thrown into this previously unheard of world. 

So if you haven't picked up this series, you must! I recommend it for everyone.

A Room With A View

A book that is more than a hundred years old.

A Room With A View was a slightly difficult story to read as it was a little slow going. I greatly enjoyed A Passage To India back in high school even though it was a little slow to start as well, so when I found this one loosing my interest I had to remind myself that I really do like Forester's writing and to just push through. Sure enough I ended up enjoying the ending of the whole thing.

 I am not much for classics, I will be honest, but a hundred years ago is not so hard to relate to the older I get. In fact, I was very astonished to discover that this particular book met that goal on my list. Wow' now I feel old. But I was glad tht it did, because it was a lot easier to read than some of the other older books were that I had considered.

So here is another item off my list for the year and another classic I have always wanted to read. And once more Forester delivered a story that I enjoyed. If you haven't read any of his work, I think this is a good place to start. Let me know if you have read it and what you thought!