Hey, guys! I am super excited (and a little bit nervous) to talk about this collection of tales set in the Peculiar Universe. I am mostly going to be talking about my favorite of the tales, and it is super personal to me, so please hold back your judgment. I am honestly a little bit terrified to speak these truths out loud, but I am finally ready to talk about something super personal to me. But let’s go ahead and jump into the review!
“Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.
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.”
I definitely enjoyed this collection of little tales about peculiarities with little morals woven into them, but I wasn’t blown away by every single one of them. Some I felt were not as strong as others, which was unfortunate, but I did love reading all of them because they were all very interesting. My personal favorite one was definitely the tale of Cocobolo as it is something that I personally can relate to. Our main character really tries to suppress who and what he is, desperately trying to escape it, but in the end, he realizes that was kind of pointless. He can’t change who he is, so he must learn to embrace it and realize how spectacular he is.
I can personally apply this to me as for years I have tried to suppress and ignore the fact that I am not straight. I’m bisexual, and I was taught that if you were someone of the LGBT community by my parents that you would go to hell, that you aren’t a Christian, and that you are a tried and true sinner. That you are disgusting and filthy. I never wanted to disappoint my parents, so I just suppressed the side of myself that is attracted to the same sex. But over the past two years, I have realized that no matter what I do, there’s no way to suppress it. And I shouldn’t have to because there is absolutely nothing wrong with me.
It is perfectly okay for me to be bisexual, to like girls. The God that I worship and love, and the God who loves me, would never really be against loving someone. That is something I have accepted, even if my parents never will. I do have people who love and support me, including my aunt and her wife, my cousin and her girlfriend, my other aunt who has encouraged me to live my truth and not hide behind all of this bullshit that it is wrong to be anything but straight. Not to mention my amazing and beautiful girlfriend, Lauren. I am not going to let anyone try to tell me who and what I should be because I am happy with myself, and I know that there is nothing wrong with me.
This story just really solidified that for me. It really is something that I am going to continue to think about and read, and I think it is the best story in the entire collection, and I think that story is good enough reason that everyone should read this because it is so good, and I think it can really help other people like it has helped me. So I definitely recommend you all read this, even if you have not read the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy because it is so, so good.
And there you have it! That was my review for Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. If you have read this collection, what is your favorite tale? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!