The Peculiar

The Peculiar

eBook - 2012
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After humans win the faery wars in England, a half-human, half-faery child, scorned by both races, finds himself at the center of a web of intrigue and danger when he is stalked by a sinister faery.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062195203
Characteristics: 1 online resource (p. cm.)
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc


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IndyPL_SteveB May 09, 2019

A compelling juvenile fantasy novel by a young writer. I quickly got lost in the creative story, the intense visual descriptions, and the eerie atmosphere. The story is set in an alternate Dickensian England, hundreds of years after a war between humans and the creatures of Faerie – the faeries lost and many were enslaved by the humans. However things are starting to normalize, at least for the Sidhe, the high faeries. One of them is even Lord Chancellor to the Queen of England. There are many half-faery children now, despised by both races, and someone is murdering them. Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie are two such, hidden by their human mother so they won’t be noticed. There is also Arthur Jelliby, a young idle member of Parliament, trying to coast through life without attracting inconvenient attention. Jelliby stumbles across a faery secret plot and has to flee for his life. He meets Bartholomew and has to team up for the survival of both.

The tension is tight and the characters have a sense of reality in the midst of the spooky unreality which surrounds them. The book ends in a cliff-hanger; and you will want to get to the equally impressive sequel, *The Whatnot*, very soon.

FindingJane Aug 20, 2014

Steampunk, mystery, fantasy and horror combine in this thrilling debut novel, proving how a gifted writer can breathe life into old genres. A reminder that the faeries of childhood aren’t pretty, sparkling things given to granting wishes (even Tinkerbell could be nasty on occasion), “The Peculiar” is about an England in the Age of Smoke, when industrialism was at its height, smoke, dirt and grime was everywhere and the fae are in a very uneasy alliance with humankind. Bitterness is on both sides and the novel makes no bones about the hatred that lies simmering just under the surface.

The novel combines the eldritch ably with the mundane and posits a world where reality is a slippery rug that can be yanked from beneath your feet at any moment. It’s filled with prose both languid and cutting as knives. Mr. Bachmann is a splendid find and his novel promises brilliant things from him in the future.

Jun 12, 2014

This book took me forever to read! Though the premise seemed interesting, something about the writing style and pace of the action just kept me from enjoying it fully. I never really fully immersed myself into this book.

JewelMcLatchy Jun 20, 2013

A really solid debut novel. Although we're not supposed to, I always judge which books I will select by their covers and this one did not let me down at all. The start was a little bit slow, but after 3-4 chapters in, I found myself reluctant to even put down the book for a short break. Will definitely be checking back frequently for the sequel.

Oct 30, 2012

The Peculiars is an example of the concept “Story is King.” The story is interesting and the adventure unique.

It is written for a young audience (junior and possibly young adult) so the themes are dark and violent, as is the tendency.

The style of the book has moments, a line here and there that is poignant and poetic. The balance is simple, often passive and generic. The ending, clearly setting up for a sequel, may leave the reader unsatisfied or may send them clawing to the author for more.

I wish Mr. Bachmann the best of luck as I feel this book is clearly the beginning of a great career. His style will, I’m sure, grow into his capacity for creating new worlds and the peculiarities that live within them.


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