Tales of the Peculiar
The Tales of the Peculiar is a collection of mythical tales from the history of peculiardom compiled by one of the most renowned scholars of peculiardom, Millard Nullings. The book is a composition of the most beloved folklore of the peculiars. As such, the book needs no introduction for readers who are familiar with the verse of the peculiars. If you have read the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, you have already come across several mentions of the tales of this book, including the Tale of Cuthbert that is more prominent in that it helped Jacob find a time loop hidden in a mythical forest in the second book.
This stands out from the rest of the books of such sort. The book is comprised of 10 curated tales from the peculiar folklore that has been re-imagined and penned in the words of Millard Nullings. There is a wide spectrum of peculiar characters to explore throughout the book – from the cannibals of Swampmuck with lizard-like limbs to Feregus, the boy who could hold back the sea. All of the tales are mostly disconnected from one another, with some exceptions like Cocobolo and Tale of Cuthbert. The lucidity of the tales and the fantastical vibes that the stories give really makes the book more believable. Even the minute details like the cover and binding, the author’s dedicating this book to his mentor Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine and even the hand-drawn pictures (mentions of which we find in the original series) all contribute to making the book feel like a relic from the actual peculiar world.
In all honesty, there was not one story in the book that I did not like. However, there are some stories that I liked more than the others. I really loved the story about the Swampmuck Cannibals and the Tale of the First Ymbryne. The story of Cocobolo was a wonderful read and finally the sad story of Cuthbert the kind giant makes for a beautiful ending to the tales. There are some stories like the Locust story that some may find disgusting, so readers be informed. Every story has a lesson to take away from and this makes for a great bedtime read in my opinion.
P.S. There are a couple of mentions of this guy named Ransom Riggs on the cover and at the last page and he claims to have actually written the book, but I’m not so sure. If Millard were alive, he’d surely break a nose or two over this.
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“So please enjoy these Tales—before a crackling fire on a chilly night, ideally,”
~ Ransom Riggs, Tales of the Peculiar