Before I write up my review, I want to spend some time on the fact that Ransom Riggs is an amazing wordsmith.
If anything at all, Ransom Riggs is an amazing wordsmith.
Usually, I flag quotes because they have something of meaning behind them, or they’re funny. In Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I found myself flagging things because they just sound good.
I mean, yes, I found a few quotes of the former category:
Like anything that changes you forever, split my life into two halves: Before and After.
When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.
“We’re peculiar,” he replied, sounds a bit puzzled. “Aren’t you?”
“I don’t know. I don’t think so.”
“That’s a shame.”
So, it’s not even a decision, really. You stay. It’s only later—years later—that you begin to wonder what might’ve happened if you hadn’t.
But it’s the kind of the latter variety that are of particular note:
They were orphans of war, washed up on that little island in a tide of blood.
Could it be, I wondered, that these children died every evening only to be resurrected by the loop, like some Sisyphean suicide cult, condemned to be blown up and stitched back together for eternity?
Is there such a thing as “word porn” without sounding kinky? But seriously, this guy knows how to write. I mean, this is his description of a suitcase falling over the edge of the second floor landing:
It hesitated for a moment, wobbling there on the edge of oblivion, and then pitched decisively forward and fell, tumbling end over end in a beautiful balletic slow-motion. There came a tremendous echoing crash that seemed to rattle the whole house as a plume of dust shot up at me from below and I had to cover my face and retreat down the hall until it cleared.
Some people may think it’s excessive, but I think it is wonderful. It’s a poetic kind of imagery that I really appreciate while reading. It makes the writer stand out with their particular style. And Ransom Riggs definitely has that.
What are your favourite writing styles from beloved authors? Comment below!