The Peculiar (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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An outcast changeling saves a city and in the process finds friendship in a world that has always scorned him.

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Overview

An outcast changeling saves a city and in the process finds friendship in a world that has always scorned him.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606321556
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 993,392
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    So, I just did one of those things I will end up kicking myself

    So, I just did one of those things I will end up kicking myself for.

    I went to B&N and read a brand new book from an author I've never heard of before in what is hopefully a new series. I say hopefully because if this is just a standalone book then Mr. Bachman is one seriously mean author who like to toy with his readers heads.

    The Peculiar is the title. And it is a rather peculiar book - in the best way. The book takes place in Bath, England. But not the Bath of current time or even a particular historic Bath. Rather it is a Bath that exists in an England where the faerie world has collided with ours and now most faerie are subjugated citizens of the realm. There is an element of the oh so popular steampunk aesthetic in that this Britain is full of clockwork men and mechanical birds and such.

    The story centers around young Bartholomew. He is a changeling (part human part faerie) boy in the faerie slum of Bath. I love that phrase "faerie slum of Bath"... it conjures such a vivid picture in my mind. And this book is full of such word imagery. Bachman seems to be a genius at giving just enough description to set your imagination awhirl without becoming pedantic or sounding like a catalogue description. Really excellent skill for a writer.

    The co-hero of this book is a man named Arthur Jelliby. Not the most inspiring of names for a man who has never tried to aspire to anything. That he finds himself the unlikely hero and savior is perhaps more surprising to him than to the reader. By the end of the book he had changed from a rather boring stuffy bureaucrat into quite the dashing hero in my mind's eye.

    The story is original and intriguing. It draws on elements many of us think we are quite familiar with and twists them into a new reality that holds glimpses of our knowledge - but then expounds on it in ways I know I had never imagined.

    I am trying desperately not to give away too much because this is a story that deserves to be enjoyed as the author has laid it out. While it is sometimes frustrating as a reader to be denied knowledge within a story that you want, I can promise than in this case it is worth the wait. Bachman does a masterful job of leading us where he wishes without making it seem forced.

    Beautiful language. It is always delightful to find an author who has a firm knowledge of the English language and the confidence to play with it successfully.

    Now, as to why I am kicking myself - I both love to find new series and hate it. Love because , well, I've found an excellent new series and author. Hate because now I am in that reader's hell of wanting desperately to read the next book and having to wait for it!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Awesome

    This was scary and sort of creepy. If i read it at night i would probably get nightmares.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    This book is awsome!

    I think that the author has a nice sense of adventure and mystery. He also has a nice sense of when to cut the action and introduce just a bit of love and freindship. So, 4 stars.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    When it comes to books about fey, I always look for a good worl

    When it comes to books about fey, I always look for a good world-building. The Peculiar did not dissapoint. Stefan made a world so colorful and vivid. I don’t usually read middle-grade books, but this book became an exception. I love how it will test your imagination. A story bursting with colors, action and mystery, I was addicted.


    The story took place in a world where faeries were trapped in our world and an imminent war between human and faeries is about to explode. The Changelings/half-lings were being condemned. Bartholomew and his sister, who themselves are changelings abide from this rule given by their mother,“Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.” Then Hettie disappeared, who can Bartie trust? Will he be able to find his sister? Pick up this book to find out.


    The world-building is incredible! It was well constructed and furnished. Last middle-grade book that I read that can muster a rivalry is The Percy Jackson series. Yep, this book blew me away. I love how Stefan made a world that is supposed to be a fairytale, darker and richer. I always commented books that can be turn into a comic because on how the author describes the scenes and characters wonderfully. Stefan made a world that is original, colorful yet dark at the same time. Steampunk, murder mystery and gothic fantasy gave this book extra edge.


    The character-building is remarkable. The fact that the story was written in different perspectives made the characters more connectable and believable. I felt Bartie’s every emotion from this book. He longs to belong and the way he sees things made him mature for his age. Bartie became my instant favorite among the cool bunch. Arthur Jelliby! The unlikely hero is my second favorite. Why? What a peculiar name! His name is really stuck in my head now haha. There is something about him that you won’t easily forget. Though, there were times when I find him boring at first but that trait had actually caught my curiosity too. There are more characters that made an impression on me. I shall leave them all to you. Just don’t forget to buy a copy.


    There was no romance. You know.. the boy-girl relationship? None. But you will feel the love between siblings, a story where you will do anything for your family. It was touching.


    Over all, this book is awe-inspiring! I was satisfied with the ending! Haha I have a feeling that The Peculiar will be a series- yay- I need another book from Stefan. I recommend this book to steampunk and fantasy lovers.


    I give this book , 4.5 peculiar whales

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Wonderful

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    I absolutely LOVED this book! Not only was this book suspenseful

    I absolutely LOVED this book!
    Not only was this book suspenseful but it was creepy as well! Its a fairytale meets murder mystery meets Brothers Grimm meets sweet family values. The cover is what initially sucked me but once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! This is a cliffhanger, folks, so beware! I am anxiously awaiting for the second book, which comes out this September I believe. This book is a little creepy and sadistic at times, so I would not recommend this to younger children, as it gave ME the creeps at night and I'm almost 30...
    Overall, this book is wonderful. I am so very excited to see what else Bachmann comes out with! I have definitely found a new favorite author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    My son loves to read this type of book and usually can't put the

    My son loves to read this type of book and usually can't put them down.  This book was a disappointment and the first book he asked to stop reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Interesting

    Good storyline, I'm assuming there will be a 2nd book since the end left us hanging a little so I will look forward to seeing where this story goes. It's so hard to find fae fiction that is unique anymore but this was a breath of fresh air. Excellent!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    Awesome!  Can't wait for the next book!

    Awesome!  Can't wait for the next book!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Nice

    This book is well paced and well written, you should really read this book!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Unique

    I loved this book. It was unique and fun to read. Definitely recommend this book!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    ???

    Should i get this book?

    1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Sooooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooood

    Go bartholemew!

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    A solid read.  3 stars means I enjoyed this book and I did. I lo

    A solid read.  3 stars means I enjoyed this book and I did. I look forward to THE WHATNOT and many more books from this young author.  

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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