Randi (Walnut Creek CA)
Harrowing adventure, great fun!
What a fun read!
After leaving the orphanage, Ren's life is jam-packed with adventures. Hannah Tinti is adept at continuously throwing perils and quandaries and surprises Ren's (and the lucky reader's) way, without getting ridiculous. Her characters are all interesting, whether diabolical or endearing. This story has been compared to Dickens-like tales, and it does create a similar mood, without the heaviness.
This is a taut tale, with lots of action, and no wasted words.
Roberta (Mesa AZ)
Formulaic and Predictable Ending
Hannah Tinti has a wonderfully descriptive writing style. She gets her point across without excess and gives you a feel for her main character's thought processes. However, I felt that near the end the storyline simply was too predictable with a pat ending. I definitely enjoyed the book for the most part because her characters were interesting, but I was disappointed because the author seemed to run out of options for her storyline and simply chose the easy and predictable way out. This was a book that at points I didn't want to put down, but at others I could have simply walked away from it because I could tell what was coming.
Nikki (Fort Wayne IN)
Two thumbs up!
If you want to remember how it was to pick up a book and read for the sheer pleasure of reading, then read this book! So many novels try to incorporate heavy-handed political agendas or eco-views into the plotline and the story gets bogged down. It was so refreshing to read a great story without all of the "underlying messages". I thoroughly enjoyed The Good Thief and I think you will too!
Dorian (Bainbridge NY)
A Satisfying Tale
At the beginning of this novel I was worried that it was going to be slow, predictable, and hard to get through. After a few chapters though, I could not put it down. The characters are engaging and I really wanted to get to the end to find out their fate. I felt throughout the book that it was like hearing someone tell a story. There are moments of familiarity and some pretty graphic descriptions, yet they enhance the feeling that the author is tipping her hat to the storytelling tradition.
I definitely recommend this book!
Leann (Springfield IL)
The Good Thief
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read with larger than life characters and plenty of whimsical adventure. The ending is a bit predictable, but Ren and his band of misfits were so engaging, I really didn't mind.
Carole (Upper Marlboro MD)
The Good Thief Steals Reader's Heart
When Ren, the "good thief" of the title is rescued from the Brothers of St. Anthony orphanage by Benjamin Nab, he has with his scant possessions a stolen copy of The Lives of the Saints and a bit of cloth with the letters R E N embroidered on it. The adventures of this one-handed little orphan and his scam-artist companions make for an enjoyable and engrossing read. What lover of books would not warm to author Hanna Tinti when she pens Ren's response to his second purloined volume, The Deerslayer... "At times he felt like he was reading fragments of his own dreams, reassembled into words that pulled at his heart as if there were a string tied somewhere inside his chest that ran down into the book and attached itself to the characters, drawing him through the pages."
Barbara (Kalamazoo MI)
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
This story didnt live up to its press. The blurbs on the cover, even the description here on BookBrowse, were all better than the reality. The characters didnt seem plausible, the story wound up too tidily to be believable. There were elements that seemed tossed in and didnt seem to serve any real purpose. Without giving away the plot, there was a character towards the end who was particularly unbelievable. He was demanding answers from a child who had absolutely no way to know the answers. Demanding, as in threatening to kill the child if he didnt give the answer. Perhaps that was meant to show the man was mentally ill but it just came off as if the writer didnt have another way to get the story along.
Im sorry to say that The Good Thief is a book that I neither liked nor disliked. It was just okay.