The Good Thief
Winner of the 2008 John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
• A Washington Post Best Book of 2008
• A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2008
Richly imagined and gothically spooky, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting talents writing today.
Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left...more
The Good Thief (aka, The Bad Book) is meant to be a historical fiction novel for adults that tells the coming-of-age story of a 12 year-old orphan boy who learns to live with a pair of rough and tumble thieves in early 1800s America. So ...more
Ren, missing a hand and a history, falls swiftly into the world of Benjamin Nab, who claims to be Ren’s older b ...more
The writing was sophomoric, if that advanced. There was no character development there was no logic, and there was no context to the ridiculous and absurd story. There is nothing in this tale that makes any sense whatsoever.
The author has failed to create anything realistic in this story. She offers details that might give the read ...more
This is like a cross between a Charles Dickens hard luck tale and a Stephen King creepfest. There's a chunk in the middle where it dwells too long on the grave-robbing antics, but otherwise it's quite entertaining.
Worth reading just for the weird characters. There's Dolly(man with woman's name), the giant murderer who sleeps underneath the mattress. And Mrs. Sands, the very tall landlady who says everything at maximum volume, even whe ...more
Finally he was adopted and lived a crazy dangerous life style as a thief and grave robber. I will not tell the ending but it was amazing. I recommend all ...more
let me just say that i don't read historical adventures. like, ever. i just don't. so you see, this is very anomalous for me. when i entered the giveaway i must have heard terrific things about this book because i don't read historical adventures. petty thieves, highwaymen, hardscrabble robbers, little orphans, and horse and carriages are simply not in my libidinal purview. but then....
then, i started this book and finished it in like tw ...more
Bought this one at a used book store because I found the cover and description intriguing. The beginning hooked me, and for the first ~50 pages I was intrigued and had high hopes for the plot/characters. Unfortunately, it kind of lost my interest after that. It got a little too caught up in being "quirky," in my opinion, and the plot got a little strange and hard to follow. Additionally, I just found the main character bland; he just kind of existed and didn't do/say much while all ...more
Based on that synopsis alone, the book should have been great. Yes, the plot inches over the top by the end, but this tale is told ...more
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The man reached over, took hold of the lantern and blew it out. Night enveloped the barn. "Well," he said at last to the darkness between them, "that's when you know it's the truth.”