The Peculiar

The Peculiar

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Living in the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie are changelings, and have been told not to get themselves noticed so they won't get hanged.But when one day a mysterious lady comes gliding down Old Crow Alley and whisks away the boy who lives across the alley, Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed. First he's noticed by the lady herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish, and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man also trying to slip through the world unnoticed, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.--From book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 376 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780062195180
Branch Call Number: j Bach


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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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