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City of Thieves by David Benioff

City of ThievesThe author of City of Thieves, David Benioff, is a rather well-known screenwriter, having written the screenplays for high profile Hollywood films such as The 25th Hour, Troy, The Kite Runner and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He is also the husband of the brilliant actress, Amanda Peet. So in homage to all things Hollywood, (and inspired by the hilarious Fionnuala from Strictly Writing) here is a short movie review of City of Thieves. Apologies to Jackie and anyone else on dial-up who might not be able to run it. If so, this short review from Timeout will give you the gist of the book.

Right, so here we have perhaps the only review in ‘movie format’ (and I use that term very loosely) that you will ever see on Vulpes Libris…

Sceptre, ISBN-13: 978-0340977392, 400 pages, paperback, £7.99.

12 comments on “City of Thieves by David Benioff

  1. Lisa
    June 25, 2009

    For my Oscar speech, I’d like to thank Moira for her early encouragement on this project and for making me chuckle all week every time I remembered her words: “…the dead-pan, momentous delivery … like two BBC announcers who have no idea how to have a casual discussion, but do their best.” Oh, Moira, I heart thee 😉

  2. rosyb
    June 25, 2009

    Ah! Very good. I’ve seen these around the net recently. The voices are brilliant, aren’t they.

    Liked “all a bit grim really” and “she sounds annoying”. hehe.

    How do you make them, Lisa? Is it easy?

  3. Lisa
    June 25, 2009

    Yes, it is quite easy. I did most of this one in the evening after seeing Fionnuala’s on Strictly Writing. It’s quite addictive. I imagine if you spend lots of time on it you can learn all the tricks and get them quite polished. Mine’s a bit scrappy but I like to think that’s part of its charm… 🙂

  4. annebrooke
    June 25, 2009

    That’s wonderful, dahlings, utterly wonderful!!! I loved it! I hope this is not the last video review we ever see on VL – more please. Particularly enjoyed “it’s scarred me for life”. Now that sounds worth reading …


  5. Moira
    June 25, 2009

    I would advise anyone who hasn’t clicked on it yet NOT to do it with a mouth full of tea … unless you want to wash your nose out …

    Sorry. Too much information, probably.

  6. rosyb
    June 25, 2009

    Indeed! We could have live film reviews even…although last time we did that with Jude it was a bit of a nightmare and took me FOREVER. But anyway we can plan ambitiously even if nothing comes of it…:)

  7. Lisa
    June 25, 2009

    Hehe. I thought that after this abomination went live people would want VL movie-format reviews banned forever… 😉

    And Anne, you’d love this novel, I’m sure. Talk about gritty! Crikey.

  8. rosyb
    June 25, 2009

    My nose is clean.

    If you drink a glass of water when reading it it does the job for you.

  9. Lisa
    June 25, 2009

    Rosy, ewww!

    I’d definitely recommend City of Thieves to anyone (of strong stomach) looking for a good page-turner. Readers particularly sensitive to gruesome imagery might want to avoid this novel. It has the most gut-wrenching scene of animal cruelty that I’ve ever come across in a book, and I had to read it through my fingers. However, it is a right old rollicking tale full of interesting insights into the Siege of Leningrad.

  10. Jackie
    June 25, 2009

    Note to self: avoid this book at all cost.
    Right, gotcha.

  11. kirstyjane
    June 25, 2009

    I’ll have to give it a go – if it can gross me out (given my academic specialism) it’s possibly *too* gross.

    I loved the movie review. Loved it. Am restraining myself from stealing Lisa’s act and doing the same for Citizen Smith.

  12. Lisa
    June 25, 2009

    I think Xtra Normal relies on act-stealing, Kirsty! If it wasn’t for Strictly Writing, I’d never have even heard of this bril movie-making website. It’s great fun making them. Go on, have a go! 😀

    And Jackie, if you find it in the library, step away from City of Thieves…

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