|Many thanks to Tracey Neithercott for organizing this!|
It's time to discuss the Fall Book Club's first read! Here’s how the book club works (courtesy of Tracey's blog): We’ll read one book a month for three months. You’ll have about a month to read each so no one feels rushed. At the end of the month, I’ll host a discussion of the book here, complete with comments like OMG THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I’VE EVER READ and SORRY, I FELL ASLEEP AT PAGE FIVE. Each of you can write about the book on your blogs, leaving a link on my post so readers can jump from blog to blog and see everyone’s different take on the book. Go here for the official discussion chat.
[First, a warning: Spoilery things may be ahead.]
If Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children were a Peculiar itself, I know what its special thing would be: Contortionism, because this is one genre-bending book. Here are some genres that the book dabbles in, at certain points in the narrative or throughout*:
Action/Adventure: The second Jacob decides to travel to the island, he (unknowingly) sets out on a path to adventure and a high-stakes battle.
Black comedy: Jacob's slightly sarcastic voice and the occasional instances of gross-out humor (side note: strangely, there's a fair amount of shit in this book--as in the sheep house) add some needed comedy.
Historical: The book contains some descriptions of World War II and the Holocaust, and half of the setting is 1940, albeit in an alternate-universe sort of way.
Fantasy/Speculative/Sci-Fi: This is tricky--whether or not the Peculiars themselves make the book fantasy, sci-fi, or speculative depends on how you interpret them. Genes make a person Peculiar, suggesting a science-fiction explanation, but some of their abilities seem fantastic (bringing clay men to life; spawning fire; invisibility). The time travel described in Miss Peregrine's is unique: not explained by genes, but also not by technology.
Horror: There are monsters, and non-humans with creepy pupil-less eyes who help the monsters feed. (Hello lights, I'm turning you back on now.)
Mystery: What happened to Jacob's grandfather? And what was the truth of the stories he told Jacob as a child? Where was Dr. Golan flying to when Jacob spoke to him over the phone? (Did anyone else think that detail was less a little bit of description and more a rather obvious hint?) We're reading to find this out.
Romance: An intergenerational love triangle-esque romance, no less(!)
Thriller: The action/adventure plot and pacing make this a page-turner. Jacob's unreliable emotional state, at the beginning, adds a layer of psychological thrills as well.
*Genre definitions can be pretty subjective, so for this post I used a handy Wikipedia entry as my guide: List of Genres
How would you classify Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? What did you think of its amazing genre-bending abilities? Did it squeeze into some better than others?