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A Peculiar Peril (The Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead Book 1) Kindle Edition
A Peculiar Peril is a head-spinning epic about three friends on a quest to protect the world from a threat as unknowable as it is terrifying, from the Nebula Award–winning and New York Times bestselling author of Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer.
Jonathan Lambshead stands to inherit his deceased grandfather’s overstuffed mansion—a veritable cabinet of curiosities—once he and two schoolmates catalog its contents. But the three soon discover that the house is filled with far more than just oddities: It holds clues linking to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley has stormed back to life on a magic-fueled rampage across a surreal, through-the-looking-glass version of Europe replete with talking animals (and vegetables).
Swept into encounters with allies more unpredictable than enemies, Jonathan pieces together his destiny as a member of a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora. But as the ground shifts and allegiances change with every step, he and his friends sink ever deeper into a deadly pursuit of the profound evil that is also chasing after them.
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“Taking the peculiar darkness of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine series and the absurd humor and wit of Terry Pratchett, VanderMeer dreams up a wholly original tale, filled with complexity, imagination, and talking marmots. . . . A wild ride that requires a few leaps of faith from readers, but they’re in good hands with VanderMeer, who has a sequel in the works for those who emerge victorious from Aurora.” ―Booklist, starred review
"A heck of a lot of fun. . . New readers young and old will find VanderMeer’s foray into fresh territory a welcome port of entry to a wildly imaginative universe" ―The New York Times Book Review
“VanderMeer’s sprawling YA debut offers a riotous, slyly sophisticated take on the hero’s journey. Boldly drawn characters, sublimely ridiculous worldbuilding, and a witty, prismatic narrative further distinguish the unique tale.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A madcap marathon portal fantasy . . . An enthusiastic hodgepodge of antique fantasy elements . . . touches of cosmic horror, clever wordplay, genre deconstruction, and butt humor, all tied together with a just-go-with-it fever-dream logic.” ―Kirkus Reviews
"Even for an author known for creating some of the most memorable and important worlds in contemporary fiction, his newest journey into the alt-Earth known as Aurora is remarkable. . . A truly engrossing adventure." ―The Chicago Review of Books
“A wicked read that features teen heroes, occult villains, talking animals, and alt-universes, all in VanderMeer’s unique style.” ―Nerdist
“Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Patrick Rothfuss.” ―Paste Magazine
About the Author
- ASIN : B082RRHRH5
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Illustrated edition (July 7, 2020)
- Publication date : July 7, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 11238 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 645 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #318,046 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book, like all his books, has its own style. It's told in a sort of British-clever voice, and is at once that, and a send-up of that. There are also sections of this book that are just beautifully written, and caused me to go back over them just to see how they were put together to create the effect they have. There are plenty of likeable and strange characters, and the world being set up is full of unexpected surprises.
Although this book in some sense has the spine of a typical fantasy quest, the details and rules of the world being built here really distinguish it from other fantasy. This book features talking marmots, Alistair Crowley, the disembodied head of Napoleon, and a slew of other characters I don't want to spoil. As I understand it, A Peculiar Peril is either the first part of a duology, or the first two parts of a tetrology. In any case, the book comes to a satisfying close, but there are plenty of interesting plot threads that need resolving.
I can't wait for the next book.
and the introduction of the charactar, then within a short time the plot became so complex and even wierd that I could not follow it. Maybe other readers can find there way with this book.
Still the characters are quite grounded especially Jonathan and his friends who were the most enjoyable to follow!
Much like the last few Vandermeer works we are introduced to parallel worlds that are very different but apparently connected to our world and somehow Jonathan Lambshead is the center of it all, along with his family or lack there of. The characters are the best part of this story including Napoleon the head and a dark bat like creature just called ‘Wretch’. Danny and Rack, Jonathan’s friends are a lively bunch as well along with a talking rat named Tee-Tee who lives on Danny’s shoulder. An extremely bizarre story and mystery unfolds as more is revealed to the characters and the reader. I was laughing, felt like I was being watched but often just enjoyed the cornucopia of weird things the world of ‘Aurora’ had to offer!
Loved the twist at the end but this whole 2 book introduction ends with as many questions as answers but a very satisfying end for the current story told. Do hope there is more books in the works. Would love to see where the characters go from here! I seriously need to know more about ‘The Builders’ and how Jonathan fits in to it all.
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It's nominally a Young Adult story though it can get quite macabre and gruesome in places. The core narrative is typical "boys own adventure" type stories I suppose, but that's just something on which to hang the bizarre characters and situations that you certainly won't find elsewhere.
Hypnotism. They had almost hypnotized him into wanting to be eaten. “Holy hells, these puffins are evil,” Rack gasped. “But I’m all right now, Jonathan. I’m all right.”
It's playful, endlessly inventive and a joy to read. Generous too, it could easily have been sold as two separate books, which is how it's structured.
Can't wait for books 3 & 4!
The whole thing is a rambling, hallucinatory fever dream of delirium, with one of the main characters as Napoleon’s head (yes, just the head).
I am bitterly, bitterly disappointed in this awful drivel.
What on earth happened. I cannot believe this is by the same author as the fantastic Area X series.