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The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
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Sep 07, 2010

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** spoiler alert ** The Good Thief was a somewhat awkward and weird book. It was well written just the story was a little creepy. The main character, Ren, seemed perfectly normal when the first man to adopt a child came but, then you find out that he only has one hand. He doesn’t know the story at the beginning of the book but, as the book goes on he gets told several different ones. One was that his mother accidentally cut off his hand when trying to ward of Native Americans and another was that his uncle cut it off because Ren’s mother wouldn’t tell him who Ren’s father was. Ren also thinks that Benjamin Nab, the man who adopts him, was lying when he said that he was Ren’s father. It was surprising at the end when Ren found out that Benjamin was actually his father. It seemed weird that Tiniti would bring up these weird and gruesome stories just to deter Ren from asking.
It was also surprising when Ren first saw the dwarf that lived on their boarding house’s roof. The dwarf was the landlady’s little brother and she took care of him by mending his socks and making him food. The other surprising part was when the landlady told Ren to take care of her little brother when she fell ill.
This book was pretty good, there wasn’t too much description and it explained everything just enough but not so much that you would know what was going to happen. After a while of living in the town, though, it got boring. There needed to be more action.

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