Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Slithdale Hollow: Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children

Looking for some Slithdale Hollow inspiration?  Allow me to recommend Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  The mandatory blurb:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. 

It's a quick read and the story is good--even though it rushes a bit through the climax.  But also worth mentioning are the fantastic found pictures inserted throughout the novel; they are more uncanny and eerie than the tale itself:

The sequel, Hollow City, hits bookshelves today so there isn't a better time to pick them up and get reading.

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And now, a monster inspired by Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children:

Hollowgasts are abominations created when a group of "peculiars" attempted to become immortal--instead of becoming godlike, they were instead transformed into coal-black monstrosities with eel-like tongues that forever thirst for blood.

Attributes: Agility d10, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strength d10, Vigor d10
Skills: Fighting d10, Notice d8, Stealth d10
Pace: 6; Parry: 7; Toughness: 7
Special Abilities:
  • Invisible: Characters have a -4 penalty to hit a hollowgast. However, a hollowgast does cast a shadow. Anyone attempting to hit a hollogast based on the position of its shadow only suffers a -2 penalty to attack rolls, but also takes a -2 penalty to their parry score while doing so.
  • Razor-mouthed Tongue: Str+d8.


  1. I have thought about picking this up several times, but I worried the Kindle format wouldn't do it justice and that's how I read most of my books these days.

    1. Hmm, would the Kindle version have the pictures? I think something would be lost without them.

    2. It would, but I don't know how good they would look there as opposed to the book.

    3. That's a tough choice. It's not a great book, but if I was going to read it again I guess I would do with a hardcopy.

  2. From a reviewer on Amazon, "... the book is peppered with hand written letters and amazing vintage photographs which are hard to see and impossible to read on the Kindle. Purchasing this book in hard copy is the only way to go."

    1. Seems like a pretty definitive "no" to the Kindle version then.

  3. I may have to get this book now based on this critter alone

    1. That critter features prominently in the first book...