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Bookworm 2013: Caught Stealin’

Posted on | December 12, 2013 | No Comments

David Benioff: City of Thieves

David Benioff’s City of Thieves was a lucky hit – picked almost at random from my mammoth “to read” pile, only later did I realize it wound up on the pile due to a recommendation by one of my good buddies. If I’d have to say which one of the books I’ve read in 2013 was the best, it would be a struggle to choose between three or four titles. However, if I’d have to recommend one of those books to, well, just about anyone, I wouldn’t think twice. Get it, read it.

What Benioff has achieved here is something I rarely find; a deep, thoughtful book, both poignant and funny, with a plot that is never boring, and a smooth, easy style that paints exceptionally vivid images in the mind. All the while I could feel the taste of snow in my mouth and an almost cramping unease in my belly as the two characters trudge in and around the besieged, starving city of Stalingrad in search of a carton of eggs. The book may be predictable at times, but it never aspires not to be – we are, more or less, told how the story ends right at the beginning, and surprising plot twists are definitely not something to look for here. You will, however, find everything else you could be looking for in a near perfect book.

Well, okay, other than spaceships. I do like a good spaceship or two. But other than that, everything else.

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