Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. ....more
After accidentally preventing a bank robber from escaping, Ed Kennedy receives his first playing card with three addresses written on it. He understands that he needs to deliver a message to...more
Apart from books by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, this is my first foray into young adult literature and I enjoyed it immensely.
I think the first thing that pulled me in was that Ed is a lot like I was at nineteen. I like...more
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There's a series on PBS about these doctors--it may even be called "The Doctors," (can...more
I didn't have high expectations going into this novel, I'd heard it wasn't as good as 'The Book Thief'(pfft...whole box of kleenix on that one). But, I finished it in 7 hours and what can I say?
Okay, I can see the flaws, I mean..I'm not a stupid sap. I could see the formula... I knew what was coming. But, the writing makes up for it.
Plus, a 19-year-old-suffering-from-low-self-esteem-who-has-a-severe...more
Like anyone who has read The Book Thief would know (and if you haven’t read The Book Thief, what in the world are you waiting for??), Markus Zusak has that unusual ability to make you go from laughing to crying in a matter of minutes. So despite the general hilarity of the book, which had me in splits before the first chapter was even up, a small part of me was subconsciously waiting for the other shoe to drop – waiting for the tears and the heartbreak I was so sure would come.
And it never ca...more
What has me reacting like a schizophrenic? Why, I can't tell YOU. That would spoil the book for you, and you really should read it. The basic plot is, a guy stops a bank robbery, gets written up in t...more
I didn't remember that Markus Zu...more
The rest of the book: I liked it. Interesting premise, moved along at a decent pace. The "twist" at the ending was good.
There are a few iffy spots, where he describes a scene and it's not at all clear what exactly just happened, or he over describes and reminds the reader that what's happening at the moment is related to something that happens previously, and you're like "OK yeah, I know, I read that 20 page...more
Anyway, so basically ... THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD IT MADE ME JIZZ IN MY PANTS.
Honestly, I put off reading this book for a long time. I love The Book Thief so much that I was a little afraid to read more of Zusak's work just because my standards for his writing were set so ridiculously high.
But, I shouldn't have worried, because I Am the Messenger is also s...more
I first came across Zusak in The Book Thief. In that one, I knew I had come across another favorite~ book or author, take your pick. And while I am the Messenger is not the same genre as the former, it is just as good as (and at certain points better than) the former. Each word, each line in it carefully chosen to paint Ed Kennedy’s world as clearly as possible. And what a world it was: one peopled with ordinary, sometimes mediocre individuals, all hilarious and quirky...more
Sometimes I walk to that field and sink to my knees. I hear my heart beating, but I don’t want to. I hate my heartbeat. It’s too loud in that field. It falls down. Right out of me. But then it just gets back up again.
Applause for Markus Zusak, for he has stunned me dumb and wordless not once but twice. This does not happen too often, because whatever I think can usually find its way out of my mouth in coherence. The Book Thief ripped my tongue off and all I felt capable of doing was making wound...more
They look like they’re so happy, just inside this moment, watching the kids and the lights on their old fibro house.
Lua kisses her.
Just softly on the lips.
And she kisses back.
Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.
Ed, our protagonist, is a loser. A loser, but a beautiful person. In the way he is, and the way he views and interacts with the world around him. He deserves so much better than what he has and this book is...more
I knew I would love it. I just never expected to be having a love-hate-relationship-Ba...more
I don't really know what expectations I had for this book. I had LOVED The Book Thief. It was moving, felt real honest, and unique. I guess I think maybe my only expectation for this book was to be moved.
The general storyline was intriguing enough. Our ordinary "hero" Ed finds hims...more
It's no 'THE BOOK THIEF' but it hold its own pretty well. Ed' a 19 year old cab driver with not much going on in his life. His sisters have married off, his brother is studying to be a lawyer, his father passed away a few months ago and his mother treats him like absolute shit. Life feels pretty hopeless but he manages to pass the time how he can. Mostly he just plays cards with his mates: Richie, Marv and the girl he is hopelessly in love with: Audrey. But then he starts to receive ca...more
The beginning- what a hilarious opening. Hopefully I’ll never be caught in the middle of a bank heist, but I just know that if I ever were, that is exactly how I would act. Marv and Richie! The Doorman. Australia! Pa-pa-pa-poker faaaace. Mystery. Intrigue. Clues. (Most of) The messages were beautiful and made my little northern ice-heart melt.
I am still undecided about whether I liked Ed, I’ll discuss this more in the hero section. Even...more
Zusak's love for stupid humans (we are all stupid in a way) is evident, and characters and what happens to them in The Messenger are both funny and beautiful. As I read about Ed, Marv and other...more
The answer is yes--and no.
First of all, if you're looking for the same historical epic the Book Thief was, forget it. This was actually written two years before the Book Thief, and so Zusak is still finding his flaws and his strengths and applying them. Secondly, this is a more gritty, modern novel, and if you don't like that style, woe be t...more
His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry, released between 1999 and 2001, were all published international...more