The Peculiar

The Peculiar

eBook - 2012
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The international bestseller and debut novel by teenage author and classical musician Stefan Bachmann is part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part clockwork adventure. Best-selling author Rick Riordan said of The Peculiar, "Stefan Bachmann breathes fresh life into ancient magic. "Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged. In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew and his little sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are Peculiars, and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them. But when Peculiars start showing up in London murdered and covered with red tattoos, Bartholomew breaks all the rules and gets himself noticed. Full of magic, dazzling inventions, and intriguing characters such as Mr. Jelliby and Lord Lickerish, this story of friendship, bravery, and nonstop action adventure was hailed by best-selling author Christopher Paolini as "swift, strong, and entertaining. Highly recommended." The Peculiar ends with a spectacular cliff-hanger, and the story concludes in The Whatnot.
Publisher: [United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2012
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ISBN: 9780062195203
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FindingJane Aug 20, 2014

Steampunk, mystery, fantasy and horror combine in this thrilling debut novel, proving how a gifted writer can breathe life into old genres. A reminder that the faeries of childhood aren’t pretty, sparkling things given to granting wishes (even Tinkerbell could be nasty on occasion), “The Peculiar” is about an England in the Age of Smoke, when industrialism was at its height, smoke, dirt and grime was everywhere and the fae are in a very uneasy alliance with humankind. Bitterness is on both sides and the novel makes no bones about the hatred that lies simmering just under the surface.

The novel combines the eldritch ably with the mundane and posits a world where reality is a slippery rug that can be yanked from beneath your feet at any moment. It’s filled with prose both languid and cutting as knives. Mr. Bachmann is a splendid find and his novel promises brilliant things from him in the future.

Jun 12, 2014

This book took me forever to read! Though the premise seemed interesting, something about the writing style and pace of the action just kept me from enjoying it fully. I never really fully immersed myself into this book.

JewelMcLatchy Jun 20, 2013

A really solid debut novel. Although we're not supposed to, I always judge which books I will select by their covers and this one did not let me down at all. The start was a little bit slow, but after 3-4 chapters in, I found myself reluctant to even put down the book for a short break. Will definitely be checking back frequently for the sequel.

Oct 30, 2012

The Peculiars is an example of the concept “Story is King.” The story is interesting and the adventure unique.

It is written for a young audience (junior and possibly young adult) so the themes are dark and violent, as is the tendency.

The style of the book has moments, a line here and there that is poignant and poetic. The balance is simple, often passive and generic. The ending, clearly setting up for a sequel, may leave the reader unsatisfied or may send them clawing to the author for more.

I wish Mr. Bachmann the best of luck as I feel this book is clearly the beginning of a great career. His style will, I’m sure, grow into his capacity for creating new worlds and the peculiarities that live within them.


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