I’m noticing a trend in my choice of books over the last few months, Museum of Thieves, City of Lies – and now our latest Family Book Club pick, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I hope this won’t be a bad influence on my children! Actually I think they are a bad influence on me since they’re the ones who got me started on these books. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)
The Thief is set in a time long ago in an area similar to Greece with a unique mythology created by Mrs. Turner. The story is captivating, the writing is good, and the fantasy elements are not overpowering. It takes a while to find out exactly what treasure Gen, the thief, is expected to steal on a quest for the King. Just when I figured out where the story was going, a new twist sprung up and left me surprised in the end.
While we all liked the book, we had some very different ideas about what the characters should do next. It was also interesting to compare our perceptions about the characters, events and the treasure. Even the ‘slow’ parts of the book are interesting and entertaining with the pace of the action building chapter by chapter until the exciting climax that kept us on the edge of our seats!
After our discussion of the book, we tried our hand at a little pick pocketing. We used all the pointers we’ve gained from faithfully watching White Collar and The Mentalist. I’m happy to report that neither I nor my children will be bragging anytime soon about our talents for thievery!
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