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message 1: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne Look forward to your review on this one. I downloaded a sample months a ago and it just didn't grab me off the bat but it is still on my "to read" list.


message 2: by Jason (new)

Jason I don't feel strongly enough about this book to review it. Plus everyone else loved it so I'd basically be making enemies.


message 3: by Jenn(ifer) (new)

Jenn(ifer) I did not love it! You wouldn't make an enemy of me.


message 4: by Jason (new)

Jason Ha! Yes, I noticed that. But you blamed Bolaño; I blame Zusak.


message 5: by Jenn(ifer) (new)

Jenn(ifer) I blame Jay Rubin!


message 6: by Jason (new)

Jason Why you make Zusak write overrated book, Jay Rubin??!


message 7: by Jenn(ifer) (new)

Jenn(ifer) you should read my friend's review. so funny: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 8: by Jason (new)

Jason Awesome.


message 9: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M Jay Rubin, why you squander great premise with mediocre book?!?!?


message 10: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne Well this book as just slipped very low on my "to read" list! Maybe I will just boot it off the list entirely.


message 11: by Janice (new)

Janice but jason, you love to make enemies!


message 12: by Jason (new)

Jason Janice: true. I will reconsider. :D


message 13: by Janice (new)

Janice excellent!


message 14: by Daniel (new)

Daniel I just gave this one 5 stars but I can't say I fully "enjoyed" reading it. Don't get me wrong, I think it was well written. I guess books like this aren't supposed to be heartwarming.


message 15: by David (new)

David Morais, this review was so good it made my nipples hard.


message 16: by Sarah (last edited Sep 28, 2012 03:22PM) (new)

Sarah Null I love, love, love this book. I have such a hard-on for Zusak I'd read anything he writes: grocery list, novel, or otherwise. I'm going to Chicago next month to attend the One Book, One Chicago festival which is honoring The Book Thief this year and seeing the stage adaptation at the Steppenwolf. If I'm able to get in to see any of Zusak's talks, I might just throw my panties at him. And while that may seem like it would bias me in favor of this book, that isn't the case. I don't love this book because I love Markus Zusak. I love Markus Zusak because I love this book.

As for Death, I think it's interesting that Death is characterized differently in this book than you'd traditionally see. Zusak said that he got the idea from the sentiment that death and war are BFFs. What if Death wasn't a malevolent character? What if death were a tired, burnt-out, middle-aged, paunchy, balding man who was sick of his job but never, ever got a vacation? (I'm paraphrasing, of course.) I like that concept a lot.

What I loved about this book was that there were moments of pure beauty in the midst of such horror. The scene where the prisoners are being marched through the town and one kindly soul braves the soldiers' wrath to give an old prisoner a piece of bread was very moving to me (and, as it turns out, inspired by an actual event witnessed by one of Zusak's parents).

I do agree, though, that writing a review of a 3-star book is hard.


message 17: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya That said, I think this book is important for its one shining success, which is to remind us that civilian populations of even aggressor countries are innocent victims. Try to keep this in mind the next time your idiot friend says something like, “Dude, we should totally just bomb the fuck out of [insert Middle Eastern country here].

Love it. Love it. Love it.


message 18: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I was going to quote the same passage, Nataliya.

I was disturbed last year when my 2nd-grader nephew's take away from the introduction to WWII in school was that we should kill all the Germans because they're Nazis. I'm sure (well, mostly sure) that the teacher wasn't trying to make that point, but you have to be careful how you teach history!


message 19: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Wow, Miriam, that is just unbelievable.


message 20: by Miriam (new)

Miriam He was especially confused because my boyfriend (whom he has known since toddlerhood) is German. He asked, "But can we let Miriam's German live? He's okay, right?"


message 21: by Genine (new)

Genine Franklin-Clark Well, damn, I have this book on one of my bookshelves. Now, I'm not looking forward to reading it so much. I will read it, just not as enthusiastically. Will I love it? Will I hate it? Will I damn it with faint-three-star praise?


message 22: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist" "Death is a grating little sonofabitch."

It's been a long time since I read it, but as I recall, sometimes Death seemed almost gleeful at what was happening. In that sense, I'd have to agree that he was grating.


message 23: by Jonathan (last edited Sep 29, 2012 12:59AM) (new)

Jonathan Peto Jason wrote: " Try to keep this in mind the next time your idiot friend says something like, “Dude, we should totally just bomb the fuck out of [insert Middle Eastern country here]." "

I can't remember whether the person was a friend or not, but I remember someone even wanting to bomb Canada.

On another note: Does anyone know of anyone succeeding at personifying Death, except maybe Monty Pythons? (I think they did if memory serves.)


message 24: by Jason (new)

Jason Sorry, I didn't see any of these. Thanks for all the comments!


message 25: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan There have been interesting comic versions (like Pratchet's) of death but not good enough still for me. Maybe I should write about death as a character...


message 26: by Jason (new)

Jason Are you a writer, er, Jonathan who posted most recently?


message 27: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan I dabble...I have all these story plans and thoughts and hope to one day get them onto paper or as pixels on a magical screen in someone's hand.


message 28: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Peto Beware writing about death as a character. That may be folly.


message 29: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan I may kill that character off.
It certainly is deadly writing about death properly in a serious way.


message 30: by Jason (new)

Jason You guys kill me.


message 31: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Peto Jonathan wrote: "I may kill that character off."

Great idea!


message 32: by Miriam (new)

Miriam What's that folktale about the guy who catches Death in a sack?


message 33: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Yeah! Although I think I read it by another name...
Interesting site, that.


message 35: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Jonathan wrote: "There have been interesting comic versions (like Pratchet's) of death but not good enough still for me. Maybe I should write about death as a character..."

Have you looked at Saramago's Death with Interruptions? He has an interesting take on the character.


message 36: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Nataliya wrote: "Jonathan wrote: "There have been interesting comic versions (like Pratchet's) of death but not good enough still for me. Maybe I should write about death as a character..."

Have you looked at Sara..."


I second that recommendation! Great version of Death.


message 37: by s.penkevich (last edited Sep 29, 2012 06:11PM) (new)

s.penkevich Great review Jason, this one has made sure I'll continue to pass it up for awhile more now. I did like how you properly show the good and the bad for this book though, it allows for a well rounded perspective on the novel.

Have I mentioned your reviews are ace?

It's funny, when this book first came out I was living in crippling college student poverty and would, shamefully, rob the bookstore just off campus fricken blind (a big sorry to any bookstore workers! older me feels shame for past me) of all their Faulkner and Dostoyevsky (the arrogance of youth). Then one day this book appeared ALL OVER THE STORE, and I felt overwhelming guilt and stopped. My 19yr old mind decided this book was out to get me -
Dude, we should totally bomb the fuck out of this book - so I refused to read it despite so many people saying 'best book eva!'.

Interjections suck. Your review is awesome.


message 38: by Jason (new)

Jason Leave it to you, Steve, to represent the new generation of teenage riff raff that goes around lifting Faulkner and Dostoyevsky instead of getting high and making out behind the high school bleachers. I love it.

And no, I can not see you enjoying this book.


message 39: by Jason (new)

Jason P.S. Thanks for the compliment. It's really nice of you to say. :)


message 40: by Sarah (last edited Sep 29, 2012 04:00PM) (new)

Sarah Null My copy of this book was, ironically, stolen. Possibly the person who stole it thought they were being funny. My only hope is that they read it.


message 41: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Good job Jason. You're safe from those Andover Ladies...for now. =)


message 42: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Don't you know you're only supposed to steal books from your friends, spenk?


message 43: by s.penkevich (last edited Sep 29, 2012 06:11PM) (new)

s.penkevich Jason wrote: "Leave it to you, Steve, to represent the new generation of teenage riff raff that goes around lifting Faulkner and Dostoyevsky instead of getting high and making out behind the high school bleacher..."

Ha, the beginning of Savage Detectives made me cringe slightly when he is lifting books from all the stores around. Sorry to any bookstore workers,I have thus been cursed for such follies to become horribly addicted to books and spending countless dollars instead now. Oh, but I did try to do my fair share of making out behind school bleachers though. Try.


message 44: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan s.penkevich wrote: "Jason wrote: "Leave it to you, Steve, to represent the new generation of teenage riff raff that goes around lifting Faulkner and Dostoyevsky instead of getting high and making out behind the high s..."

Well would love this book because it is 'the best book eva' and totally better than Life of Pi (or not). Well anyway I think you'd sort of enjoy it in a kind of honorary three stars kind of way. Perhaps...


message 45: by Abbie (new)

Abbie I gave the book a 4, but it was more like a 3 1/2 for me. I tried to keep in mind that it is a young adult book, and I think that the issues I had with the style and about Death being the narrator, were slightly mitigated by that.

I also think that Death kind of says that he is disappointed in himself for being vested in this girl, i think it was a departure for him, and it bothered him. I kind of liked that admission. :)


message 46: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Peto Abbie wrote: "I also think that Death kind of says that he is disappointed in himself for being vested in this girl, i think it was a departure for him, and it bothered him. I kind of liked that admission. :) "

I can see how that is appealing.


message 47: by Jason (new)

Jason My girl's wicked smaht.


message 48: by karen (new)

karen why do i miss all your reviews?


message 49: by Jason (new)

Jason Well, I have thought about this extensively! And it is either because:

a) I bore the ever living shit out of you and you secretly hope I will go away;
b) you have removed me from your 'top friends' because I am an annoying newbie troll;
or c) you only missed those three by coincidence of me posting them at inopportune karen-times.

(I bet it's a or b, amiright?!)


message 50: by Jason (new)

Jason And what happened to the pumpkins?? I bet you are trying to be particularly classy. It's tough work but somebody's gotta do it.


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