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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
EAN: 1594744769

“I slammed out of the Priest Hole and started walking, heading nowhere in particular. Sometimes you just need to go through a door.” -Jacob Portman

I almost feel bad writing a review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, because part of the mystique is coming across the cover of this book, with its vintage black and white picture of a solemn young girl wearing a tiara and levitating about six inches off the ground. Such photographs are integral to the telling of this story, as they are both what inspired author Ransom Riggs to tell this tale, and sixteen year old Jacob Portman to go chasing his destiny. (Read more)


Title: There Is No Wheel
Author: James Maxey

James Maxey is one of those writers that is so good at what he does, it actually makes me mad. I shouldn’t like his characters. They are sometimes reprehensible, creepy, horrible, or all three . . . and yet, like a train wreck, I can’t look away. I am so fascinated by their idiosyncrasies that I have to find out where they might go, what they might do, and the depths to which they might sink. James is one of those writers who can sum a person up in a few sentences and be dead on accurate. His words cut to the bone and leave his characters bare, body and soul. (Read more)


Title: Cowboys and Aliens
Author: Joan D. Vinge
EAN: 0765368269

Readers tend to fall into two camps: those who prefer reading the book before they see a film, and those who prefer to read the book after. I fall into the latter category (unless it’s completely unavoidable, like Harry Potter). I’m not one for sweeping generalizations, but I feel safe saying that 100% of the time, the book contains more information than the movie. (Read more)