Monday, December 10, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

The Peculiar
by Stefan Bachmann

Flap Copy Description:
Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings - Peculiars - and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley - Bartholomew forget the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish...and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

My Thoughts:
The Peculiar is a recently-released upper middle grade novel that has created quite a buzz! A gothic fantasy adventure full of magic, mystery, and even murder; it is set on the narrow cobblestone streets of steampunk England. The story features a host of faeries, goblins, automatons, and changeling children and is written in stellar style. The debut author - Stefan Bachmann - is a story himself. He began writing this novel when he was sixteen...two years ago! He is a musician, and lives with his family in Zurich, Switzerland, where he attends the Zurich Conservatory. This is an author to keep your eye on. I would recommend his novel - The Peculiar - to readers from the age of ten and up.

To learn more about the extraordinary author - Stefan Bachmann - click here: http://www.stefanbachmann.com/home.php

8 comments:

  1. I don't normally like fairy books and don't normally read steam punk books, but something about this intrigues me. I'm looking it up. Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome, Theresa. The author's style of writing is amazing; I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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  2. Wow, this sounds like a story full of interesting and original characters. Even though it's not really a genre I would usually read, I can't help but be tempted. Thanks for the review, Victoria. I'm clicking over now to find out more about the author.

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    1. You're welcome, Ruth. Like I mentioned in my reply to Theresa, the style of writing itself is worth the read. Take care ~

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  3. I love steampunk! Not to mention fantasy. The artwork on the cover looks fantastic and I like the plot of the book. Thanks for reviewing it for us.

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    1. Somehow I missed that you like steampunk, Brandi. You will definitely love this book. Have a great week!

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  4. He's eighteen??? That's amazing!

    Though I think I need to go eat a lot of chocolate and ponder over how I've wasted my life.

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    1. I know what you mean, Sara. After reading "The Peculiar" I told my husband I wasn't sure if I was more inspired...or angry. The bizarre thing is that Stefan Bachmann's real goal in life is to write music scores for movies. (I guess he's just writing on the side!!) Have a good week!

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