I'd heard that Tim Burton snapped up the film rights for Ransom Riggs's 'Perculiar' trilogy, and from a brief scan of the synopsis I guessed that this book was going to be right up my street.
The idea for this trilogy is brilliantly original. It is a story about strangely talented orphans, inspired by real vintage photographs from flea markets that Riggs has collected over the years. Truly original ideas are harder to come by than you'd think, so hats off to Ransom Riggs for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It's unique and a great read.
The general aesthetic, locations, descriptive prose, all totally my cup of tea. It's dark and thrilling, a true flight of the imagination with wonderful characters that you want to spend more time with. The book is a beautiful package, with old photographs scattered liberally throughout.
This is Ransom Rigg's first book, and I was impressed by his writing. There's a lot to love, although as the plot developed I did wonder if the concept rather outshone the narrative in places, but I definitely will be reading parts two and three, and watching the movies.
You can buy Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children here, and since I wrote the review Tim Burton's movie has been released, although I recommend reading the book first.
Ransom Riggs is a film maker as well as an author, and he made this brilliant short film about going urban exploring in Europe, looking for Miss Peregrine's house. Worth a watch.