The Peculiar

The Peculiar

by Stefan Bachmann

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062195180
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Series: Peculiar , #1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.26(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Stefan Bachmann is the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Peculiar and its acclaimed sequel, The Whatnot. He was born in Colorado, spent most of his childhood in Switzerland, and is now studying modern music at the Zürich University of the Arts. When he’s not writing, he can be found traveling to someplace chilly, or holed up beneath his college in the dimly lit labyrinth of practice rooms, which may have inspired the subterranean scenes in A Drop of Night. That . . . and the Paris catacombs, a weird dream about a golden corridor, and a general interest in history.

What People are Saying About This

Christopher Paolini

“Bachmann’s prose is beautiful, and his story is swift, strong, and entertaining. Highly recommended. I can’t wait to see what Bachmann writes next.”

Rick Riordan

“Stefan Bachmann’s sparkling debut is sure to get a lot of well-deserved notice. He breathes fresh life into ancient magic.”

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The Peculiar 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
CharDixon More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was scary and sort of creepy. If i read it at night i would probably get nightmares.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
achallender More than 1 year ago
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!
BookWhales More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is another book called the whatnot so if ur wondering if there is a second book there is so ya.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book it was well written and a good story i look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I immedately got pulled into the story amazing read but not your average fairytale its a little dark but it is amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes I'm a Whovian..... ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book with really good details like the lady in plum, Melucene, is a kind hearted faerie and is very strange. The other characters are really good ones too like Bartholemew. He is decribed as mostly human and only some faerie. Hetty, his sister, is also kind hearted and described as mostly faerie and only some human. Anyway it is a really good book and i reccomend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this for school and it is AMAZING it can be a bit tricky to remember so Irecamend this book for kids 10 and up.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Hard to describe--Hard to put down This is a surprisingly engaging story. Surprising because it's rather hard to describe but really works well. "Peculiars" are half human and half faery and neither side wants anything to do with them. Why are Peculiar children disappearing and later being found floating in the river? The inside book cover describes the book as "Part murder mystery, part Gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure." That just about sums it up. Just add that it's a fun story to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a good book. I found it very confusing, weird even. Not worth it. If you really want to read it go to the best place on earth, the librery!
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BusyReader More than 1 year ago
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.  
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Mystryrdr More than 1 year ago
Awesome!  Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well paced and well written, you should really read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was unique and fun to read. Definitely recommend this book!