Like some untreatable rash…

Word count: 225 words

Reading time: Less than 1 minute

I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. Today’s comes from Ransom Riggs.

I don’t normally read fantasy. It’s not a genre that appeals to me and I try to focus my cherished reading time on material that stands a better chance of pleasing my quirky brain. (But let me emphasize, I make no judgement of people who do enjoy it. Chacun à son goût!)

I don’t know whether it was the mysterious cover, the perplexing title or the recommendation of a very good friend, that caused me to enjoy the fantasy novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. But enjoy it I did.

The many photos (and the book is loaded with them) are both eerie and remarkable and the writing is very fine. Here, for example, is a (written) image that made me laugh:

There are twenty-seven (pharmacies) in Sarasota County, and one hundred and fifteen in all of Florida, spreading across the state like some untreatable rash. 

I enjoyed the way Riggs was able to make such a perfect metaphor — linking the spread of pharmacies with a medical condition. Clever! I suspect he also invented his own name. The alliterative power of Ransom Riggs is just too good to be true.

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