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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer What a fabulous, well thought out review! Now I have to read the book.

Shannon (Giraffe Days) Well I really hope you like it as much as I did!

message 3: by Tara (new)

Tara I really enjoyed reading your review! It's funny, cause I saw your review the same day that the morning radio show I listen to while getting ready for work stated that this same book was their pick for their April book club.

I'm really excited to read this book and have added it to my "to read" shelf as well as my "peaked my interest" shelf. I've heard nothing but great things about this book and your review has definitely helped plant this book in my head as the next book I HAVE to read! Thanks for the review!

Shannon (Giraffe Days) I haven't come across anything but positive reviews for this book either - and there aren't many books you can say that of! But reviews don't mean much to me, I prefer to read a book first and form my own opinion without it being coloured by the impressions of others, so I hope I haven't spoiled this for you without intending to! Though, I don't think I could...

I love to come back to this review simply to re-read the quotes I put in, because I love the writing so much. I find it so calming, it really lifts me out of my own fug :)

message 5: by Tara (new)

Tara You haven't spoiled the book for me at all. I don't think I would have even considered reading this book if it hadn't been for the combination of your review and the morning show DJs discussion about it. I can't remember the last time I came across a book that a lot of people were raving about. :)

message 6: by Abbie (new)

Abbie WOW!

message 7: by Bruce (new)

Bruce Wonderful review, thanks. Really seems to open up the content beneath the covers without betraying or selling it short. A dear friend of mine told me I *had* to read this and promised to lend me a copy. "Yeah, yeah, yeah," I thought, in part because I've got 8 things on the nightstand. But I think, having read your review, I can start to appreciate what he saw in it and look forward to getting my hands on the copy. So as soon as he drops it by I know what I'll be reading next!

Shannon (Giraffe Days) Thanks, I hope you enjoy it too :)

message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Shannon, I enjoyed this book too and I love you review; it's made me think more about the book and now I'm considering putting it on my favorites shelf.

message 10: by Tara (new)

Tara Shannon -- I finally read this book and really loved it. I reread your review after I finished the book and it is just so thorough and well-thought-out. Thanks again for your thoughtful review, it added to my enjoyment of the book and I'm really glad that I finally read it. Wonderful story!

Shannon (Giraffe Days) Thanks Lisa and Tara, I'm glad you both enjoyed it too :) It might not be a book for everyone but it certainly touched me.

message 12: by Xysea (new)

Xysea Hi Shannon,

This is another on my to-read list. I'm anxious to read it more now, after having read your review. :)

message 13: by Michael (new)

Michael This is sucha fabulous fabulous book!!!

It's on my "Recommend To Everyone" List.

message 14: by Jess (new)

Jess I love this book, but can never describe what makes it so amazing. You hit the nail right on the head; a great review.

message 15: by Becky (new)

Becky This is one of my absolute favorite books. I recommend it to everyone that I possibly can!

Not to be cliche, but whenever I hear the term "heartbreaking and beautiful" (or any combination of the two) this book comes to mind. The Book Thief stayed with me for a long, long time after I read it.

Your review is very well written - I wish that I had the ability to express what I love about books that way... But I suppose that's why I read books and don't write them!

I definitely recommend Zusak's I am the Messenger as well... It is quite different from The Book Thief but it is also very, very good. I look forward to your review of that one!

message 16: by Robin (new)

Robin I'm going to check this out. Thank you.

Shannon (Giraffe Days) Becky, I picked up I Am The Messenger last month, can't wait to read it! I really struggle to express how I feel about a book and a lot of the time I'm disappointed with the end product. It's really nice that you think this was well written, thanks :)

message 18: by Becky (last edited Sep 17, 2008 06:07AM) (new)

Becky I think that you will like Messenger. I believe that it was written before The Book Thief, so it seems younger, almost? Some people were a little put off by the ending, but I thought it was an interesting one and I think I just like Zusak's style...

Plus it's set in Australia, and was not Americanized, at least the edition that I had.

Shannon (Giraffe Days) Plus it's set in Australia, and was not Americanized, at least the edition that I had.

That's something to look forward to! :) Though until I read it I won't hope...

message 20: by Becky (new)

Becky Well, I will hope for you then! ;)

message 21: by Louis (new)

Louis Fantastic review Shannon.This book definitely will go down as a classic and should not be considered YA Lit as all ages can appreciate.Cant wait to see what you think if Messenger.

Shannon (Giraffe Days) Oh I loved The Messenger! Where's that review gone...?

message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

A well written review for a beautiful book.

Shannon (Giraffe Days) Thanks JJ :)

message 25: by James (new)

James A glorious review in the spirit of the book itself.

Shannon (Giraffe Days) Thanks James - I take it you liked it too? ;)

message 27: by James (new)

James Shannon wrote: "Thanks James - I take it you liked it too? ;)"

I really did, Shannon. But it took your review to remind me of how good a book it really is. Many thanks again.

message 28: by Christa (new)

Christa Great review and I fully agree. I love this book!

Shannon (Giraffe Days) Christa wrote: "Great review and I fully agree. I love this book!"

Have you read anything else by Zusak, Christa? I've only read I Am the Messenger but I thought it was excellent - different, but very good. He hasn't had a new book in quite a while; I hope he's working on something!

message 30: by Christa (new)

Christa No, I haven't read anything else yet, but I'm definitely going to. I Am the Messenger does sound interesting.

message 31: by George (new)

George Zusack did return the mind that I thought for a while wasn't mine. Death closed my eyes until I left Himmel Street... I'm now searching to find later to join what fate has to offer me..... Favourite Character: Rudy Steiner aka ... Charcoaled Jesse Owens lol

message 32: by Tori (new)

Tori This review is absolutely beautiful.

message 33: by George (new)

George I agree Tori

message 34: by Sher (new)

Sher Marie Made me cry too!

message 35: by Sher (new)

Sher Marie Btw, wonderful thorough review.

message 36: by Kiki (new)

Kiki Hiroku Thank you so much for the quotes that you have listed in your comments. They are very useful for AP English students who are doing a serious report on this book. Thank you very much.

message 37: by Yara (new)

Yara I've just finished reading it and you've dobe this story justice by your review. spot on.

message 38: by Sam (new)

Sam This was a really great review!! I absolutely loved the book, and I can't wait to read more like it. You seemed to enjoy it, do you have any recomendations of other books to read?

message 39: by Brooke (new)

Brooke I love this book so much and you have written a review about it perfectly! Well Done!!! Oh, and by the way it mad me cry too.

message 40: by Alan (new)

Alan Sheinwald good review. thanks.

message 41: by Shannon (new)

Shannon I absolutely loved the comparison to a play! I had never thought of that but it seems to fitting!

message 42: by Siddharth (new)

Siddharth Chamaria Great review, I just finished reading it and feel to have read it a year back if I had read your review earlier. Thanks for the wonderful review.

message 43: by Diana (new)

Diana Marie Thank you for saying something positive about this book..I literally just finished it and found it a beautiful book..some of the other reviews are heartless..not all appreciate the underlying feeling to this...I loved it even though I cried

message 44: by Steph (new)

Steph Diana wrote: "Thank you for saying something positive about this book..I literally just finished it and found it a beautiful book..some of the other reviews are heartless..not all appreciate the underlying feeli..."

Same here
'Twas a beautiful book :')

message 45: by Carolprice (new)

Carolprice Loved this story, this beautiful writing so much so had to read it again. The second time around was even better to absorb those amazing descriptions of emotion. What a book to keep and re read.

message 46: by Beanbag (new)

Beanbag Thanks for your review, you inspired me to start reading this book! :)

message 47: by David (new)

David Fritz I loved this review and concur with it totally, as I just finished reading THE BOOK THIEF.

message 48: by Anton (new)

Anton Dockel David wrote: "I loved this review and concur with it totally, as I just finished reading THE BOOK THIEF."

One of the all-time worst books I have come across. The story tries so hard to be tear-jerking that it becomes laughable, it feels utterly un-German almost like a bunch of children in Nazi costume (playing The Bad Guys) marching through the streets of small-town Australia. You get the feeling that the author wants to confide at the turning of every page: Oh, how the average German must have longed for us (Allies) to come and save them? Oh never mind that we bombed and killed them, at least their souls were saved?

message 49: by Anton (new)

Anton Dockel There were heavy beams - planks of sun - falling randomly, wonderfully, onto the road. Clouds arched their backs to look behind as they started again to move on. "It's such a beautiful day," he said, and his voice was in many pieces. A great day to die. A great day to die, like this." One of the all-timme worst bits of prose I ever read. I actually laughed aloud at the 'planks of sun'. I anyone finds that good there is something wrong in the education system.

message 50: by Linda (new)

Linda I very much enjoyed your review, thank you for putting time and effort into it.

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