Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.
Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.@goodreads
There are some really good stories in this book and some others that I didn't care for too much. The first one I loved and it was just so gruesome and funny. <--- You don't find that every day.
It's about these peculiars that lived in Swampmuck. They made their living out of getting swamp grasses to take to the a town. They were very poor and lived the best they could. And they had a peculiar way about them. They could regrow limbs! So who is it that wanders in to their little part of the world one day: cannibals! But they were very nice cannibals, they didn't kill people, they just ate leftovers from the killings the king had done to people.
But the Swampmuck peculiars being the kind people that they are; helped the cannibals because they had been lost and were starving.
Afterward, some other really rich cannibals came to camp and I'm only going to say they lived with the people of Swampmuch and it got a little cray!
Out of the other 10 stories these are the ones I enjoyed:
1) The Fork-Tongued Princess
2) The First Ymbryne
3) The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts
4) The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares
5) The Locust
The Fork-Tongued Princess is exactly what it says and tells her story of being on the run to find someone she can marry because her father thinks she is horrid. But she's really beautiful before they know of her tongue.
The First Ymbryne is of a bird who could turn into a woman. She's a goshawk but really likes being in human form and she also has some other abilities.
The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts is about Hildy who loves ghosts more than people. Her sister is a ghost and has to leave for some time and this makes Hildy sad. So she goes looking for the most haunted houses or haunted land to try to befriend ghosts, but most don't want to be friends. It all turns out in the end and I really enjoyed it.
The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares is about Lavinia who pulls threads out of people's ears and keeps them. They end up being a form of pet to her. It's really bizarre and so freaking good. There is more to the story but you can read it on your own.
The Locust is about a boy named Ollie that didn't want the locusts killed even though they were eating all of the crops. Ollie's life takes on a whole new meaning for quite some time and teaches his father a valuable lesson.
I really enjoyed these stories and they will definitely find a home on my bookshelf one day.
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