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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

I Liked the Descriptions...

The descriptions in the book were phenomenal, such as, 'The moon hung high above the city as Prosper rushed out of the theater. The alley's lay empty and grew wisps of fog that floated eerily over the canals.'

I just like the way Cornelia Funke ties in her descriptio...
The descriptions in the book were phenomenal, such as, 'The moon hung high above the city as Prosper rushed out of the theater. The alley's lay empty and grew wisps of fog that floated eerily over the canals.'

I just like the way Cornelia Funke ties in her descriptions with the action parts of the book, or the slow parts of the book, or for any part of the book for that matter. Without these little tid-bits of descriptive material, then there would be only dialogue, as most books do have. Descriptive writing is what makes up any book, especially this one. I like the character development as well; at first I didn't even know the slightest information about them besides their names, such as Hornet, Bo, Prosper, Mosca, Riccio, Scipio, and many more. By the end of the book, I felt like I had a one on one connection with all of the characters because gradually, Cornelia developed her characters into their personal stories, such as their real name's or where they were actually from. Although very boring at times, this book is a good read for all age groups, I recommend this to all.

posted by Artemis15 on March 17, 2009

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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At first glance it seems likely that Cornelia Funke's novel The Thief Lord (2000) will center around the Thief Lord. All the same the story actually starts with Prosper and Bo, brothers who have run away to avoid their nasty aunt who wants to separate them. Convinced th...
At first glance it seems likely that Cornelia Funke's novel The Thief Lord (2000) will center around the Thief Lord. All the same the story actually starts with Prosper and Bo, brothers who have run away to avoid their nasty aunt who wants to separate them. Convinced that all of the wonderful stories their late mother told them about Venice will be true and keep them safe, the boys make their way to that fair city.

Unfortunately Venice is not as magical as their mother had told them (at least not right away). Just when Prosper is prepared to accept defeat and return his younger brother to the warm and safe, if not loving, home of his aunt, the boys are taken in by a very unusual band of children. Led by Scipio, the Thief Lord, the children live in a condemned theater living off the riches that Scipio steals from Venice's elite. The children know little else about Scipio, but in exchange for his support and protection they are willing to overlook that small detail.

Meanwhile, the brothers' aunt has enlisted a private investigator to locate the boys and bring Bo back to her (Prosper will be sent to an orphanage). Like any other investigator worth his salt, Victor soon picks up the trail of the children. The more this trio sees of each other, the more tenuous the children's existence in the Venice theater seems. Indeed, Victor's investigation could unearth a secret about the Thief Lord that will change all of their lives. Forever.

The Thief Lord is told in the whimsical, ethereal tone common to some fairy tales. It is entirely appropriate for this story, but also manages to make it that much harder to believe that the story is real. While the book was enjoyable, it always felt like the characters were at a remove--visible but not near enough to discern subtleties.Funke describes Venice and its landscapes beautifully but leaves the characters much less dimensional

I liked that the story had a lot of twists and turns, but by the end of the novel it felt a bit like one too many turns. Funke blends realistic incidents with pure fantasy creating an uneasy combination that sometimes works well in the text and other times left me scratching my head. In some ways it feels like the first and second half of the the story come from two different plots.

After realizing that the novel was originally written in German, I suspect that the different culture and writing conventions might have contributed to my uneasiness in deciding whether I actually liked the book. In summary, The Thief Lord was entertaining and will likely please any young fantasy readers in the house even though it was not completely wonderful.

posted by MissPrint on February 27, 2012

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

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    FANTASTIC book!

    Okay, I kind of ruined it for myself by watching the movie first! However, the movie was great, just READ THE BOOK FIRST!<BR/>The book was great too, I love Cornelia Funke as an author. I strongly recommend any of her books. Especially, Igraine the Brave, the Inkheart trilogy, and Dragon Rider.<BR/>If Prosper were real, I'd marry him! :)

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    The Thief Lord written by Cornelia Funke is a wonderful fictiona

    The Thief Lord written by Cornelia Funke is a wonderful fictional story about two boys who ran away from their aunt. The story is exciting from the beginning, and the plot keeps you on a cliff hanger. Cornelia Funke does a great job of creating a setting, and it is easy to relate to the characters. As a person who finds it hard to stay interested in many books, I was not able to put this book down. Although being a quick read, The Thief Lord delivered a rich plot about how a group of street kids copes in the city of Venice. There are many twists in the plot. Cornelia Funke does a good job of writing each chapter from different points of view while still maintaining the main characters. After reading my first book written by Cornelia Funke, I will be sure to pick up another book she has written in the near future. Without a doubt I would recommend this story to people of all ages. It would keep younger kids intrigued while still providing entertainment for adults.
    To summarize, The Thief Lord is a great, exciting, and interesting book that would surely entertain whoever picks it up.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    It makes you want to talk about to ANYONE

    Its about this group of kids who live in a theater and Scipio who is the leader steals all the supplies they need and some extras so that they can sell it in town for a low profit. In this enchanting tale of magic and thievery you will not be able to let this book leave your side until you get to the amazing ending which trust me is something that you will remember for a very long time. Great for all ages and a must read for anyone who loves thrilling suspense and mysterious characters.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Good book

    It is not working

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    As like any other book of Cornelia Funke.

    This book was full of suspense and mystery. But, like any other Cornelia Funke book, it ended with an amazing flourish. The ending was very surprising. Really,really good book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Book

    All I am going to say in this review sums up in that this book is that it's great. It has the suspense of a mystery but has a story safe enough for a child to read. I'm not saying that this book is just for kids, though. It's good for adults too. As you read, you will be intrigued by the 'Thief Lord' Scipio, feel the internal struggles of Prosper, and be excited by the mysteriousness of the Thief Lord's life. This book is so good that I wish Funke would write a sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    This book is just amazing!!!

    I really did like it. It was a great book that kept me reading till I finished the whole book....<333333

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Love this book

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading books about adventure. There is some magic in it, but to me it feels kind of subtle, which I actually like. I never wanted to put the book down while reading it. Also there is a movie to the book and I feel like they followed the book really close.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Thief lord

    If you want to be swept off to a land of mystery and twist endings, this is the book for you. I truly loved it and I now dream of going to venice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    The thief lord

    The thief lord is a MUST READ.I rate it a billion stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2008

    An amazing book

    this an amazing book! I don't think anyone could out do Cornelia Funke with this outstanding work of literature. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes twists and be captured by a book. The Theif Lord is definately one of my favorites books!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    It. Was. AMAZING.

    Cornelia Funke is brilliant. You won't waste your time reading this. If you get the chance, try out Inkheart, too. She was my first "favorite" author. Not much else to say. ~RaisingCain

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Anonymous

    It was a movie made a few years back it was good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Favorite book since The Phantom Of The Opera

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Amazing book

    <3 it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Amazing

    You should definately look into this book it is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!

    This is my favorite book so far. It is awesome. Even though it sounds a little scary, it most definetly isn't. Its really funny and I think that everyone should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    The thief lotd

    Dramatic mysterous and exciting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Read

    I love this book because it has italian words in it and they are writtten innthe back in a glossery that says what they mean because sometimes its hard to understand without the glossery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Very very very very very very good

    Love it. Just a little hard to get into because it was translated into english

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