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The Book Thief The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was the book that had me crying on the bus. Thanks Joanna for the recommendation. I really enjoyed reading this book. Even though the narrator (Death) informed us in advance what was going to happen I was still devastated at the end of the book. My favorite theft of a book (which might not count) was when the pages of Mein Kempf were white washed and written over.

The Black Moth: A Regency Romance The Black Moth: A Regency Romance by Georgette Heyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Quite the melodramatic romance. The villain even wears black and he would be twirling his mustache if he had one (though I sometimes enjoyed his character). The basic plot is that the hero takes the blame for his cheating little brother and goes into self-imposed exile. The hero returns, with several identities. He is now both a highway man and a dandy. I have never read so much about men preening, powdering, and worrying about their outfit then in this book but I suppose that more has to do with the time period. Hero saves lady fair from the villain while he is trying to kidnap her from her carriage. She beautifully struggles while two men hold her back during the sword fight. And of course lady fair and hero fall in love while he recovers from his injuries from saving her.

I disliked the ending. Mr. Villain (The Black Moth) successfully captures the lady fair and plans marry (and *cough* you know) against her will. There is a huge confrontation with the hero and several other characters. Hero wins, villain shrugs and invites them all to dinner because it turns out he is an old friend. No punishment or care.

My favorite characters were a married couple (O’Hares? Can they be considered favorites if I cannot remember their names?) who were extremely devoted and adorable.

Running with Scissors: A Memoir Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Just a bunch a crazy stories. I feel like it lacked cohesiveness. I did not enjoy reading this.



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Sep. 8th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
I've reserved the Book Thief from the library! I can't wait to read it. Running with Scissors broke my heart; he just had *such* a sad childhood.
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
I can not deny his childhood was tragic. I also can not believe the doctor was not shut down sooner.
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