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The Printer's Devil (edition 2005)

by Paul Bajoria

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I listened to this book mainly because the audiobook was narrated by Katherine Kellgren, who does such a fabulous job with the Bloody Jack series. Unfortunately, Kellgren's masterful narration was not enough to save this one for me.

Mog, an orphan and an apprentice at a small print shop in Victorian London, is caught up in a web of intrigue involving smuggled opium. He meets some sleazy criminals, a vicious boatswain, a mysterious foreigner, and a young boy his own age who bears a startling resemblance to Mog himself.

I had lots of problems with this book. I couldn't figure out why Mog was so caught up in the mystery from the beginning -- especially when he was in considerable danger, with nothing to gain but satisfied curiosity. I thought the plot relied too heavily on coincidence. I also thought that two of the big reveals toward the end of the book were blindingly obvious (though one of them might not have been if I hadn't been listening to the audiobook, and that's all I'll say on that in order to avoid spoilers). Most of all, I found the ending extremely unsatisfactory. Nothing was tied up or explained. This appears to be the first book in a trilogy, but I won't be reading the next two books. ( )
  foggidawn | Apr 16, 2012 |
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I listened to this book mainly because the audiobook was narrated by Katherine Kellgren, who does such a fabulous job with the Bloody Jack series. Unfortunately, Kellgren's masterful narration was not enough to save this one for me.

Mog, an orphan and an apprentice at a small print shop in Victorian London, is caught up in a web of intrigue involving smuggled opium. He meets some sleazy criminals, a vicious boatswain, a mysterious foreigner, and a young boy his own age who bears a startling resemblance to Mog himself.

I had lots of problems with this book. I couldn't figure out why Mog was so caught up in the mystery from the beginning -- especially when he was in considerable danger, with nothing to gain but satisfied curiosity. I thought the plot relied too heavily on coincidence. I also thought that two of the big reveals toward the end of the book were blindingly obvious (though one of them might not have been if I hadn't been listening to the audiobook, and that's all I'll say on that in order to avoid spoilers). Most of all, I found the ending extremely unsatisfactory. Nothing was tied up or explained. This appears to be the first book in a trilogy, but I won't be reading the next two books. ( )
  foggidawn | Apr 16, 2012 |
Twelve year old Mog works as a printer's apprentice or 'Printer's Devil' and becomes caught up in a mystery involving a ship that has recently arrived from India, a theft, mistaken identity and a murderer.
This book was an exciting read, full of twists, surprises and secrets. Mog and his friend NIcholas are well-drawn but the book doesn't resolve all the myriad storylines at the end. It is, apparently, the first book in a trilogy although nothing in the book indicates this.
Suitable for ages 10 and up. ( )
  RefPenny | Jul 4, 2011 |
This one was written for young adults, though I think it would fall short in that niche. It was rather condescending toward its audience, and used a lot of slang, presumably to impress. It didn't impress me, but once I got past that (and continued ignoring it for the length of the book) I enjoyed it. It was a decent and suitable quick bedside read. ( )
  maedb | May 19, 2010 |
This was a good mystery / adventure. ( )
  MrsBakitch | Apr 11, 2010 |
A classically written adventure story filled with colorful characters and dangerous escapades. A rather abrupt ending leaves the door open for the sequel. ( )
  readingrat | May 21, 2009 |
A sort of boys adventure story set in Victorian London. Mog, the printer's assistant or printer's devil, stumbles across some mysterious criminals and interesting friends. It is a little like a cross between a Dickens story and the Prince and the Pauper. The adventures Mog encounters are fun and a bit scary and mysterious. ( )
  alice443 | Dec 21, 2008 |
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