Tuesday, May 07, 2013

"I wonder if they'd let Watson and I dissect your brain? After you're dead, of course."

 You know how you find a book, and you devour it, and then when it is over you feel like you just watched your best friend die or walk out the door without looking back? And you want to sit down and cry, but you know you can't because everyone around you will think you've completely lost your marbles and will not offer one ounce of sympathy?

 That's how I feel at the moment.

 One day I saw the cover for a new book coming out. It had a picture of a clockwork bird on the front and my Steampunk love went, *BONG!* And I knew I had to read it someday. However, I didn't think my library would ever get it so I resigned myself to the knowledge that it might be a long while before I read it. The other day, however, I found it sitting on a shelf. I shamelessly snatched it up and carried it home. And today I finished it.

 The book wasn't what I thought it would be. It did have some Steampunk in it, but it also added faeries. I've tired to read other books which have mixed the two and they failed miserably. This book surprised me, on many levels.

 The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann. 
 Set in Victorian England, The Peculiar takes place after a door was opened between our world and the fairy world. Fairies came over into our world, but weren't able to return home. Now, many years later, they live amoung the humans, and some have even married humans. 
 Fairies are accepted in England, some even working in government. However, half bloods are hated by both sides and, if discovered, are often killed.

 Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie are half bloods. They've had to spend their lives hidden away, knowing if they are seen they will be hung. It is a miserable life for them, never able to leave their home, and more then anything Bartholomew longs for a friend.

 Arthur Jelliby works in the government. He's a shy young man who wishes to remain credible and behave in a manner worthy of his high ranking. This changes, however, when half blood children begin to show up in the Themes, dead and hallow. Mr. Jelliby soon discovers a fairy who works with him might be involved, and it is up to him to stop whatever is happening - if he can find the courage to do so.

 This book is part Steampunk, part fantasy, part horror story (though not so much on the horror. Think Gothic, like A Picture of Dorian Gray.) The book shifts back and forth between Bartholomew and Mr. Jelliby, two very well done characters. 

 Bartholomew is a typical little boy. He wants someone to play with, to talk with, a friend. He wants to be normal, to go out and play in the streets without risk of being killed. However, his actions often put him and his family in danger and later he blames himself for the things which happen to them and determines to make it right.

 Mr. Jelliby could ALMOST be annoying. Almost. I don't think I've ever met a bigger coward of a character, but when he realizes it is up to him to help someone who really needs him nothing can stop him. He goes from a coward to one of the coolest, bravest heroes I've ever had the honour of spending time with.

 The book was well paced. It never felt too dull or too rushed. The bad guy was perfectly creepy without being the annoying, rub your hands and cackle kind. And the ending...ug! It was great, and cruel at the same time. (All I shall say is book two needs to be out sooner!)

 Another amazing thing about this story is that the author is only nineteen - though he might be twenty now. Most books written by someone so young rarely turn out that well. I often had to stop reading for a moment just to make sure I had his age right. He's an amazing writer, not only for being so young, but just period. I've read books by adults that aren't this good.

 In short, I would HIGHLY recommend this book. 
 Now for a side note. I finally got an idea for my book trailer, so I plan to start work on that tomorrow. I'm a bit excited now, if only I can find some good music to go with it. 

 And now I have to go. You know the routine by now, editing awaits.

 I shall hold another guessing game for the quote, because if you don't know it I will have to come visit with some popcorn and the movie.




  1. E.S. Posthumous and Audiomachine do trailer music. (E.S. Posthumous's 'Unstoppable' was the song in the Game of Shadows trailer). They have a lot of really cool songs on youtube - I suggest 'Hero's Theme' by Audiomachine.

  2. I'm guessing the quote comes from something Sherlock Holmes related.... Perhaps one of the RDJ movies? I'm guessing Game of Shadows because I haven't seen that one and the quote is unfamiliar to me. (Then again I haven't seen the first one for a long time.... If it's from Sherlock I will bop myself on the head. OH OH. Or is it from Elementary? *goes bonkers*)

    Sounds like a really cool book! I'm putting it on my to-read list. Young authors always impress me.
    Hee hee hee.... "Jelliby" is making me giggle because it sounds so much like "jelly baby."

    Can't wait for the book trailer! (OOOOOHHH! I just realized the cover comes out in a week! Cool!) Hmmm... maybe the Misty Mountain song from The Hobbit? Or some other song from LotR's? Stretch of Loyalty is kind of in the same genre.

  3. Sounds like a pretty interesting premise and reminds me, a bit, of the old R. Talsorian RPG, "Castle Falkenstein".

    Very cool stuff :)

  4. That sounds awesome. I shall see if it's at the library and devour it! Lalalaallala. I like it when you recommend books, because I haven't been disappointed reading one yet, so huzzah!

    Obviously, that quote is from the first Sherlock Holmes movie with RDJ. :D (right?!)

    And oh yay! I like book trailers! Book trailers are good!

  5. Sounds like an unusual mix of genres.
    And glad you have some good book trailer ideas!

  6. Ooo, that does sound like a good book. I do like a mixing of genres, especially when it works. :)

  7. Ooh, that sounds really interesting! I may have to track this book down some time.

  8. Sounds like a very interesting book. I usually enjoy Gothic books but not so much horror. But I might look this one up.

    I'm pretty sure I know where the quote is from, but I'm going to pretend I don't so you can come visit me. :D

    In reply to the comment you left on my blog a month ago (yes, I'm playing catch-up):

    I agree we need to get together sometime and watch movies. It would be SO MUCH FUN!!!

    Dragonheart has definitely gone on my 'to watch' list.

    Did you hear about the upcoming movie Ender's Game? It is sci-fi and has Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. The official trailer is out now and it looks pretty interesting. There isn't a lot of other information about it out yet, so I'm not sure if I'll actually see it or not.

  9. Ooh, this book sounds pretty amazing. I love historical fantasy-type things, and I am also a big gothic horror fan (about the only horror I can stomach). I'm going to have to pop over to my library website to see if I can find it...*opens new window, types frantically, clicks back* They've got it! And I should *hopefully* have it by Monday. I can't wait to read it!

    I haven't guessed the quote, though I'm positive it's Holmes related, mostly because it reminds me of another quote from the Sherlock Holmes series starring Jeremy Brett. It was in The Hound of the Baskervilles, and the man said, "I confess, I covet your skull." That line, haha!

    Decked Out in Ruffles

    Oh! And thank you for your question on my blog! I can't wait to answer it in my vlog, which I will hopefully be making up next week.

  10. Mmm, Steampunk/Fantasy/Horror. That sounds doable. Quite, quite doable in fact. I must needs see if I can find it. Maybe even before Treskie. How awesome would that be?

    I know exactly what you mean, too, that feeling you get after reading an enormously good book. I was that way after The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia. I've been wishing I could find another book half so good. Maybe The Peculiar will be IT.

  11. Sounds interesting, I shall have to see if it's in our library...


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