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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
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Mar 13, 2008

it was ok
Read in March, 2008

A thief sprung from jail to help a Magnus steal an ancient treasure, warring kingdoms, political intrigue, sword fights, narrow escapes,a mythology invented especially for this fictional place, and a quest--everything, it would seem, to keep me reading. So I am wondering why I so disliked this book that I had to force myself to keep reading to the end. I think I hit upon the answer spoken by one of Turner's characters near the last weary lap of the book: "Oh, fine," I told him...but I didn't really care. I didn't care much about anything..." And that is my experience with this book in a nutshell. The characters never matter to me. Gen, the thief, is so arrogant and obnoxious in playing his role that I could really care less about whether he succeeds. And the other characters are never really fleshed out enough for them to matter to me either. By the end of the book when the identity of the thief is finally revealed I began to have moments of interest, but not enough to be anxious to read the sequels.
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Shaya Totally agree! Nicely said.


Megan Exactly.


Kara Lyons I wrote a similar review, but you said it a lot better!


Katri Bookworm Ohhhhh..........then you are really missing out........but to each their own I suppose...


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