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Dodger (edition 2012)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Dodger
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Hardcover, 368 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:***
Tags:Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, England, 19th Century, 2012, Victorian

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Excellent departure for Terry Pratchett, not as outrageously funny as the Discworld novels, but still capturing his unique voice and ability to engage in social commentary via fictional characters. Dodger is set in Victorian London and follows a young man who lives in and under the streets and survives by his wits. Dodger happens upon a crime in progress and intervenes to save a young woman, an act of bravery that throws him into the middle of a dark plot revolving around her identity and the various socially and politically connected people who may not have her best interests at heart (and may disagree about what constitutes her best interests). He meets a respectable young writer named Charles Dickens, who can't resist the story unfolding.

Well researched, this novel captures the essence of London during a time when, as so many times throughout its history, the city was undergoing a significant social, legal and political upheaval. Interesting characters and an engrossing read. ( )
  sharoncville3579 | Jan 24, 2015 |
Terry Pratchett is my newest authorial addiction. I have been very ill for the last several weeks and in those few hours when I have been awake, I have thought about Frida Kahlo and the art she created while confined to her bed. To that end, I needed some inspiration to get me back on track. With several books in progress and some of them dark or hard going, I needed something that was fun. Enter Terry Pratchett.

Dodger is the kind of book I love. It is set in Victorian England and encompasses both the street life and the upper classes. It incorporates both fictional characters and real life people into the story having them interact with one another.

There is an element of a mystery to be solved without the usual mystery twists and turns because the story is less about the mystery and more about the characters who inhabit this world-particularly the main character, Dodger. To that end, the characters are so well done that even those you might not like, you care about.

The author put information at the end of the book explaining some of of the historical references. I found the information while thumbing through the book which is in a substantial pile of reading materials that I am slowly working my way through. I read this first and was glad I did. Having been fortunate enough to have lived in a Commonwealth country, many of the names and places were already familiar to me. Having an undergraduate degree in History and Politics definitely heightened my experience but any reader with a passion for these subjects as well as historical fiction, will appreciate this read.

Pratchett has also co-written with Neil Gaiman, another of my authorial crushes, so I have added their book to my Nook reading list. The great thing about Dodger, is that it is one of those books that you promise yourself you will just read one more chapter - a promise you make over and over again until you find out that it's 5am and you haven't been to sleep yet! A fair warning for those who need to get up for work - you may want to start this book on a Friday night and indulge in an all night reading orgy. Book lovers know what I am talking about.

There are a ton of literary allusions and cultural allusions that the reader will enjoy identifying. To that end, the book provides a wonderful treasure hunt for book lovers. There is nothing more fun than finding the books within the book.

At 354 pages its a short read but I am a new fan and see that Terry Pratchett has a substantial body of work for me to dip into. A whole new addiction to feed.


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  ozzieslim | Dec 28, 2014 |
This story follows a boy named Dodger who survives in London as a tosher, searching for lost valuables or coinage in the depths of the sewers. On a dark, rainy night, he happenstances upon two men beating a girl with beautiful blonde hair and he rescues her. Dodger then bulls through the rest of the story becoming a hero in down-to-earth and witty scenes and dialogue, all the while attempting to save the girl's life again.

I liked this book, I really did. But it wasn't amazing.
I liked it for the characters. Dodger and Simplicity are so wonderfully written, especially with his mannerisms and attitude and thinking (as it is mostly third person limited, but sometimes strays into third person omniscient). The setting is so Dickens-esque and quite beautiful to read. It is a really lovely story.

It wasn't amazing because midway through the story I realized it became more about spotting the references and allusions rather than the story, and that was annoying. While it was fun at first, almost every new character of scene alluded to past literature or a real person. All of that crammed into this story actually detracted from the story's strength and made it drag on. It also wasn't amazing because I felt as if I knew how it would end. In the middle it became a matter of getting through the pages and words to see the happy ending - there were no twists or tricks. Just scene after scene of allusions and references. While this isn't necessarily bad, because it is quite fun to find them and Pratchett makes things so witty, there are just too many.

I don't know if I would read it again, but I always appreciate Terry Pratchett's writing. Three stars because I enjoyed it and it was more than just okay - definitely not more because it dragged in the middle. Recommended for anyone who already reads Pratchett (of course) and people who like Dickens and London in that era. ( )
1 vote NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
This story follows a boy named Dodger who survives in London as a tosher, searching for lost valuables or coinage in the depths of the sewers. On a dark, rainy night, he happenstances upon two men beating a girl with beautiful blonde hair and he rescues her. Dodger then bulls through the rest of the story becoming a hero in down-to-earth and witty scenes and dialogue, all the while attempting to save the girl's life again.

I liked this book, I really did. But it wasn't amazing.
I liked it for the characters. Dodger and Simplicity are so wonderfully written, especially with his mannerisms and attitude and thinking (as it is mostly third person limited, but sometimes strays into third person omniscient). The setting is so Dickens-esque and quite beautiful to read. It is a really lovely story.

It wasn't amazing because midway through the story I realized it became more about spotting the references and allusions rather than the story, and that was annoying. While it was fun at first, almost every new character of scene alluded to past literature or a real person. All of that crammed into this story actually detracted from the story's strength and made it drag on. It also wasn't amazing because I felt as if I knew how it would end. In the middle it became a matter of getting through the pages and words to see the happy ending - there were no twists or tricks. Just scene after scene of allusions and references. While this isn't necessarily bad, because it is quite fun to find them and Pratchett makes things so witty, there are just too many.

I don't know if I would read it again, but I always appreciate Terry Pratchett's writing. Three stars because I enjoyed it and it was more than just okay - definitely not more because it dragged in the middle. Recommended for anyone who already reads Pratchett (of course) and people who like Dickens and London in that era. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
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