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A Peculiar Peril [Ebook] ➤ A Peculiar Peril Author Jeff VanderMeer – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The first book in a new YA fantasy duology from a bestselling genre expanding master about a teenager who embarks on a uest to protect the world from an alternate universe where magic abounds and hist The first book in a new YA fantasy duology from a bestselling genre expanding master about a teenager who embarks on a uest to protect the world from an alternate universe where magic abounds and history has been rewrittenAfter Jonathan Lambshead’s elusive grandfather dies the recently orphaned teenager inherits the family mansion—and its contents Jonathan soon discovers that the mansion’s basement holds than just oddities three doors serve as portals with one leading to an alt Earth called Aurora where magic abounds history has been re written and an occult dictator called A Peculiar Kindle - Aleister Crowley leads an army pillaging alt Europe Jonathan learns of his destiny as a member of The Order a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora and embarks on an epic uest to protect Earth from Crowley’s dark magicOver the course of the duology Jonathan uncovers of the worlds outside of our own the magic that permeates them his own destiny and the secrets buried in his family history.


10 thoughts on “A Peculiar Peril

  1. Anna Luce Anna Luce says:

    EDIT If you are a Jeff VanderMeer devotee or if you thoroughly enjoyed A Peculiar Peril I'm happy for you My review is not a positive one I know how dare I? so if you are the kind of reader who gets 'ruffled' when someone criticises a book they love please skip my review No need to leave a comment along the lines of 'you can't assume what others will like' or 'you just didn't get it' How about reading some positives reviews instead? 2 ½ stars “That doesn't make sense Nothing in this damn world makes sense” A Peculiar Peril is a 600 pages tome of a book that is made to feel even longer thanks to its heavily bombastic prose Would I recommend this book to anyone? Not reallyThen again if you like absurdist tales a la Alice's Adventures in Wonderland fantastical genre bending stories such as the ones penned by Susanna Clarke and Diana Wynne Jones and hallucinogenic mushrooms you might actually find A Peculiar Peril to be a thoroughly entertaining readTo begin with I was actually uite intrigued by Jeff VanderMeer's intentionally ludicrous writing style He has a very Dickensian way of playing around with the English language and I did find these early chapters to be amusing But then the outlandishness just kept going and going and going and going This book was so intent on being uirky and droll that it kind of disregarded everything else so we end up with a generic 'uest' storyline and a cast of one dimensional characters that would have been suited to a sitcom For all its peculiarities A Peculiar Peril isn't an incredibly inventive Portal Fantasy book Jonathan Lambshead our hero an orphaned teenager inherits his recently deceased grandfather's mansion There is a bind to inherit Jonathan has to first catalogue the contents of said mansion Given its size and the amount of weird items that reside under its roof Jonathan asks two friends of his to help him Jonathan and his friends communicate less like 'modern' teenagers than characters straight out of Brideshead Revisited While I understand that this emphasises their class and privileged background it also made any references to modern things kind of jarring As the three are trying to make sense of the Jonathan's grandfather many oddities they end up walking through a magical door straight into Aurora Here things are uite different magic is the norm and Aleister Crowley alongside his grotesue not so familiar familiar is a tyrant who is trying to take over the world For reasons I have yet to understand the three kids decide to aid the Order—which is intent on stopping Aleister—by joining one of its member as she travels here and there Although their journey is derailed they funnily enough always seem to be on the right track They end up having uite a few 'accidental' crucial encountersThere are also chapter focused on Aleister These were even over the top so that each sentence is desperately trying to be comical Aleister's deranged plans and nonsensical ideas are made into an endless source of humour The dynamic between him and his familiar a creature called Wretch was kind of interesting and I did find Napoleon's head yes you read that correctly to be amusing We also get chapters following two members of the Order They play a rather irrelevant role in the story and I think that the novel would have been better or at least a wee bit less meandering without them There are also some chapters that are just plain bizarre in that they revolve around characters who seem to come out of the blue especially the one about a puppet and the one about a woman and a babyMost of the characters are meant to be funnyand it was exhausting One of Jonathan's friend was perpetually snarky and used a jargon suited to a work by Agatha Christie while the other one was incessantly positive and ended most of her phrases with 'yeah?' she was the most annoying character in the whole bookThere were a few alternative historical figures that once again briefly held my interest but they play such a minor role in the story and they are there for the 'lols' This novel has 0 world building We are just thrown in Aurora where magic just happens That's kind of it There are brief snippets alluding to this world's origins but these seem thrown in as a mere afterthought The setting too was completely nondescript so that I was always left wanting to know where a certain scene was taking place in a palace? Outdoors? On top of a war elephant? Who knowsThe book's real focus is not its story nor its characters but the language VanderMeer seems to have a real field day The writing is made up of things like “Just another slog through a bog” and “Naturally Or unaturally” If you can describe something with a word or a sentence rest assured that VanderMeer will not “So we call them by other names Ordinary names Absurd names The ridiculous the name the better” and “The Golden Sphere thought It knew what that might bet about but all in good time All in the goodest of times”There are also plenty of comedic episodes that feature characters misunderstanding each other so when someone says “message” the other one will say “massage?” Or 'funny' exchanges such as“Could I kill you with an ax?”“No”“Could I kill you with a hammer?”“Nope”“Could I kill you with a cannon?”“Nyet”“Could I kill you with a crossbow?”“Nej”“Could I kill you with a bag over your head?”“Nee”“Could I kill you with a magic spell?”“Nanni”“Could I kill you with several days of starvation?”“Nein”“Could I kill you with a drought?”“Nahin”“Could I kill you with water?”“Nem”“Could I kill you with a conjured monster?”“Não”“Could I kill you with a well aimed blow to your most vulnerable part?”“Yuk”“Could I kill you with a disease?”“Tidak”“Could I kill you with a stick?”Har harContinual attempts at humour aside the verbose style was just so dense Getting through this novel felt like a choreor as if I was mired in molasses While this novel succeeds in being weird we have giant snails talking carrots potatoes a dangerous schoolmarm a uniue sort of gun and the list goes on and on it left me wanting The generic storyline the thinly rendered characters the unrelenting humour and the rambling writing were hard to digest I ended up skimming through the last 30% as I was by then ready to be doneWhile I can sort of see what this novel was trying to accomplish I'm left wondering what was the point of it?Read reviews on my blog   View all my reviews on Goodreads


  2. Elle Elle says:

    This sounds like a Lemony Snicket title tbh Thanks to Farrar Straus and Giroux Goodreads for an advance copy


  3. Spencer Orey Spencer Orey says:

    I like this book when thinking about it in conversation with other Narnia related books like Lev Grossman's The Magicians There's a freshness to the politics even when things get a little overwhelmed by weirdness And there is a lot of weirdness bringing us into scattered viewpoints of a fractured animal kingdom and the strange white boy from our world who ends up having to try to help everyone I'll be really selective about who I recommend this book to not because it's bad it's often uite good but because it's so odd that it is definitely not for everyone I think it's an especially strange choice to market this as YA I actually can't imagine many teenagers liking this? But what do I know about teenagers Maybe this is totally their jam I hope it is


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  5. Joseph Dolan Joseph Dolan says:

    I received this ARC from Jeff after a wonderously weird trip my wife and I took to Tallahassee to a book signing at a brewery followed by a tour around his home This preamble is not meant as some boast but rather a confession on my part as I'm not fully convinced that I didn't crash my car on the late night drive down south and that the trip in it's entirety as well as the experience of reading this book have not been some last few seconds of life fever dream This book is weird but not weird in the VanderMeerian ways you would have come to expect and then IS followed by all the weirdness you've come to expect from his writingContinuing VanderMeer's grand tradition of portal fantasies The Southern Reach Borne triologies are all portal fantasies fight me A Peculiar Peril starts out as what feels like a British comedy and just as you're settling in to what will most certainly be a dryly funny cozy mystery about rediscovering our protagonists family history a bear gets shot out of a gun and all hell breaks loose For the roughly 700 pages of the book you're treated to intertwining stories of protagonist Jonathan Lambshead Aleister Crowley Napoleon's head just the head various spies a series of cosmic horror styled monsters and various other strange perspectives as they all make their way around a war torn alt earth Mysteries unfold lessons are learned family bonds are tested and general strangeness is aboundAt times A Peculiar Peril feels like a love letter to the author's backyard It treats animals and plant life with the delicate touch the author clearly presents in real life Nature is ancient and wild magic and the conseuences of taming it are put on display throughout this bookPut aside all that you expect from Jeff VanderMeer when entering this book This book is not the dark weirdness of a lighthouse tunnel but it's also not not that Take thirty minutes before reading this book and scroll through Jeff's Twitter Find the video of him in a caterpillar costume holding jackfruit towards the camera Find the series of tweets in which his cat is served the last plate of scrambled eggs Find the times when he is contemplating the thoughts of the suirrel staring at him through his office window THAT is this book and it was wonderful


  6. Renee Godding Renee Godding says:

    DNF at 59% A Peculiar Peril is Jeff Vandermeers first dive into the YA genre and follows Jonathan Lambshead who has recently inherited his grandfather’s large mansion As he sets out with two of his friends to clear the house the find than they bargained for grandpa proves to have been uite the collector of rare and supernatural objects This kicks off an absurdist adventure featuring occult societies hidden enemies talking vegetables a talkative disembodied head and much I have loved everything I’ve read before this by Vandermeer mostly for his uniue talent to unsettle me on an almost instinctual level Vandermeers books are hard to classify within a genre but I’d describe them as fantasy horror When you look at his most famous works Area X The Southern Reach Trilogy and Borne neither have big scary monsters jumping out at you from the pages yet both share this undertone of almost existential dread that comes from knowing something is wrong yet not being able to put in in words When I read the premise of this book I was really hoping to find that same undertone in here Honestly mysterious house setting family secrets and Vandermeers abstract dread sounds like my perfect book Unfortunately that’s not what A Peculiar Peril is Where Annihilation was personal trauma combined with Lovecraftian horror A Peculiar Peril is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Through the Looking Glasscombined with the absurdist humour of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy A lot of absurdist humour I’d say the majority of this book is increasingly verbose prose intentionally idiotic conversations and caricature characters The story is okay the characters are “uirky” yet flat and the world is so bizarre that it can be hard to even comprehend it enough to get immersed This is going to divide readers into two distinct camps the ones who like its humour which I fear is the minority and the ones who don’t For me in the latter group I didn’t feel this book had anything else to offer If this is the direction that Jeff Vandermeer is going to go with his YA works I think I’ll have to stay away from those for the foreseeable future It’s an interesting niche choice and I have to say it does suit him Unfortunately unlike his adult works this niche just isn’t for me


  7. Sasha Sasha says:

    Update I am done This was a 2 month labor of reading A fun mess with your head when will you shut up Jeff but keep talking Kafka is a WHAT? type of reading journey It was a little exhausting but I genuinely liked it Minor spoiler view spoilerThere is absolutely no resolution and what was I even expecting but I had fun especially towards the end when something Blue and Sark made an appearance and Ruth Less just got better and better every time she made an appearance hide spoiler


  8. William William says:

    I've read an ARC of the first three chapters verbose and stylistic overwrought and actually uite dull Not for me the remainder of this work


  9. Jackie Jackie says:

    I have been lucky enough to read over 200 arcs and this is the first time I’ve ever had to move it to the dnf pile I work very hard to always finish a book because it’s been provided to read and review to help potential readers find their new favorites and I tried so hard to get through this and I just can’t any “A Peculiar Peril” is a book that at times went well over my head with what it was trying to accomplish and others seemed so childlike in its language that I was never able to make sense of what it was hoping to achieve I managed to make it 36% of the way through and I have no idea what was going on other than the main character became the executive of his late grandfathers estate and found that it contained doors to alternate universes and there was a villain looking to rule all of them The choice to have some chapters told from the POV of said villains was interesting and I was eager to see how it would unfold but it never managed to actually be interesting or give me insight into why any of this was happening and I’ll grant it some leeway as I couldn’t finish it and there might be better explanations later on in the text but after making it 13 of the way through there should have been something there to hold on to my attention It was hard to connect to any of the characters let alone Jonathan who is going through a lot but never manages to make you feel for him The only character I was able to tolerate was Rack but even then his larger personality seemed wasted on the group he was paired with and the plot that moved at a snails pace I’m disappointed I had to break my code as a reviewer but I could not pretend to read this book any longer than I already have special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review


  10. Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* says:

    Only Jeff VanderMeer can take a book with a mansion full of oddities an alternate Earth with magic talking vegetables giant marmots hedgehogs riding roosters into battle disembodied heads of historical figures living shadows giant mecha crocs and make it boring That's not true Many authors could make this boring I would not have predicted that Jeff VanderMeer would be one of them but there you have it In volume one really Books One and Two of the ostensibly for young adults ages eight to eighty The Wacky Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead Jonathan Lambshead an orphan mom lost years ago in the Swiss Alps and presumed dead father unknown stands to inherit his uirky grandfather's estate if he can catalogue what turns out to be a hoarder mansion Said grandfather was previously invented by VanderMeer as editor of the 2003 anthology The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric Discredited Diseases Jonathan enlists his boarding school mates sister Danny and adopted brother Rack also both orphans to help him in this affair But Jonathan already knows that there is weird stuff going on because of cryptic letters from his grandfather about secret doors and bird children The trio decide to involve themselves for unconvincing reasons with wartime events in an alternate magical version of Earth called Aurora and a bunch of weird stuff happens and Rack is very disagreeable and whiny about the whole thing all of the time There is very little about these teenage characters for the reader to form a connection with but that's okay because their story really only comprises about 30% of the novel Much of it is taken up by the enemy forces and their Aurora native opponents none of whom intersect really in any meaningful way for the vast bulk of the narrative so you end up with several separate groups of characters none of which are particularly interesting despite all of the magic and fantastical stuff going on which are also dull in their own right Like Aleister Crowley powerful magic user conueror and would be emperor of this world is uite silly and inconseuential I get that it's not supposed to read like a straight fantasy novel VanderMeer fills the pages instead with wordplay whimsy and oddity not a bit of it interesting in the least His usual hallmarks are all present; weird eco fiction post modernism modified bio mechanical beings all abound but I found myself detesting all of it in this setting The attempt at Britishness seemingly deemed a necessity for this type of portal fantasy involving unsupervised children is pulled off reasonably well for an American raised partially in Fiji and who injected his current Florida setting into Jonathan's background Here are some of the uncharitable thoughts that the book prompted while I read this hot mess does VanderMeer even know any actual teenagers? He is childless but he helps run a camp for teen aspiring SFF writers so probably not really a few passages with awkward plot jumps made me think of nothing than some of the worst amateur self published fiction that I have encountered you have probably seen stand up comedy and may be familiar with the concept of callbacks I usually find them cheap and unfunny This book contains several callbacks in novel form eually unfunny what is it with the preponderance of British orphans? Are all English parents reuired to die before their children reach the age of maturity? Really I'm not surpised From the moment that I heard that Jeff VanderMeer had a YA novel coming out this was me WutBecause VanderMeer's books are not remotely anything that would ordinarily fit into a YA mold I don't think he succeeded in this here either In fact I'm not really sure who this book is intended for His usual readership would I think disdain the very idea of this book and so slotting it as YA is merely an attempt to create or tap into a market for this work that doesn't uite exist I will be very curious to see how the book sales do in the long run The ratings spread for this title on Goodreads is not terribly encouraging so far I particularly hate the cover text marketing and take it to be a symptom of the impossibility of marketing this thing in general The visual book design is lovely; wonderfully imaginative illustrations grace the cover and interior but the exterior promo text is problematic First the back cover blurb is horrific It is stupid appears aimed at children and is chock full of spoilers Not that there is much in the way of plot to spoil but the first sentence on the back reveals something that happens after page 500 Most irritating to me though is the uote on the front cover from Paste Magazine which I assume is in competition with Glue Afficionado Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Patrick RothfussThis suggests to me that the book is A full of inconseuential whimsy and cleverness for cleverness's sake factcheck true and B the seuel is never actually going to be written Seriously I have to doubt the wisdom of appealing to Rothfuss readers because of that whole situation of the past decade I would actually enjoy outcome B if it proves true A part of me hopes that the promise of of the same is just part of the in jokes of this novel The end of books book club uestions certainly seem to poke fun at the books and their content in a way that makes it seem like the author understands the things that readers will hate about them Oh how I wish I was a better DNF'er because I should have done this around page 100 and knew it at the time too The main illegitimate reason that I did not was that it was already overdue as a library loan with several other patrons waiting for it so it would have seemed a waste not to read it while causing that pain of longing Instead I kept it for an additional two weeks to actually read the damn thing If my library had not lifted all late fees due to pandemic this would not have been a viable option so really it's the library's fault The only semi legitimate reason not to DNF was that if I am going to pen a negative review I feel I should read the whole book to give it a fair shake In fairness the final chapter before the epilogue was the best of the book being the only part to treat the story with any seriousnessHERE ARE SOME OTHER BOOKS TO CONSIDER IF YOU ARE THINKING OF READING THIS ONE FOR SOME REASON For an alternate history adventure with authentic British cred which includes alternate versions of historical figures try The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack For a magic infused alt version of Earth also with authentic British cred tryThe Invisible Library For a story about someone going to deal with their grandparent's hoarder house and then things get weird try The Twisted Ones For a book for young readers filled with wonder and strange happenings try The Forbidden Library If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman read Neil Gaiman If you're a fan of Patrick Rothfuss read The Name of the Wind again


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