8 Reasons To Read The “Tales of The Peculiar” Ransom Riggs

If you are not soaring in the air, if you are not absorbing food with your mouth on the back of your head, or if your hands are not burning with fire, this book is not for you. It is designed for readers who are extremely strange, those who are not alien to the thirst for adventure and behavior that is far from common.

However, anyone can read this book. And do not pay attention to the foreword, as well as do not think that “Tales of the Peculiar” have a certain strangeness. After all, all the stories that we read in childhood, and read our children in adulthood can boast of something unusual: the characters, the place of action, in the end – the idea itself.

Below I will give you 8 reasons why you should read the book “Tales of the Peculiar“.

One. It’s a collection

You’ve probably figured it out by now that it’s a collection. In it you will find 10 strange and incredibly entertaining fairy tales. So, if you are a fan of unusual and interesting stories, you will definitely like this book.

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Andrew Davidson’s illustration “The Tale of Cuthbert”

Two. Rens Riggs is the author of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

In 2016, the screens released a fantastic film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children“, which was a great success among fans of this genre. If by some pure chance you saw it, and you liked it, it is worth saying that Ransom Riggs is the author of the book, on which the picture was shot, continuing its theme and revealing some details in “Tales of the Peculiar“.

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Andrew Davidson’s illustration “First Imbrene”

Three. The compendium can ask you for something

If you like an interesting and extraordinary narrative where, for example, you can meet a request that you do not read the third story backwards or put a cup on the book, you can be sure that it is on the pages of this collection.

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Andrew Davidson’s “Cocobolo” illustration

Four. Interesting mysticism

If you like mystical stories that are connected with ghosts, nightmares and other otherworldly animals, this collection is for you. Just don’t be afraid, fairy tales on this subject, more of an exception to the rules than a frequent phenomenon.

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Andrew Davidson’s illustration, “Haunted Woman”

Five. A lot of British culture

If you want to get to know British culture and read classic English fairy tales, you won’t be disappointed. As stated in the preface: “These fairy tales have been collected all over the globe. Some have been recorded from the narrators, others are part of the written tradition, but over the years they have changed dramatically.

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Andrew Davidson’s illustration “The Girl Who Tamed Nightmares”

Six. Every story makes you think

Despite the rather saturated and unusual stories, which, as it would seem, do not carry any semantic load – almost all fairy tales contain a pronounced ethical lesson aimed at the consciousness of young readers.

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Andrew Davidson’s illustration, “The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea”

Seven. Some stories have two ends

Some fairy tales do not contain the expected hippie end, which makes them not so ordinary to read, some boast an open ending, after which the reader can come up with a further development of the story. As opposed to them, the collection contains fairy tales of which the hippie-end is simply necessary, and the author attaches it with a small note.

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Andrew Davidson’s illustration, “The Princess with the Double Tongue”

Eight. Stories are not connected

The stories presented do not resonate with each other. Each of them is a holistic narrative in the corporate style of Ransom Riggs.

In conclusion, it is best to enjoy these stories at the fire, ideally a bear should be sleeping at your feet. Well, if you want to read a fairy tale to someone else, first make sure that your listeners are also strange.

Good luck.

 

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