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  • Title: Dodger
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780062009500
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett s Dodger, a Printz Honor Book, combines high comedy with deep wisdom in a tale of one remarkable boy s rise in a fantasy infused Victorian London.Seventeen year old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful pBeloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett s Dodger, a Printz Honor Book, combines high comedy with deep wisdom in a tale of one remarkable boy s rise in a fantasy infused Victorian London.Seventeen year old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.From Dodger s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.
    Dodger Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett s Dodger a Printz Honor Book combines high comedy with deep wisdom in a tale of one remarkable boy s rise in a fantasy infused Victorian London Sev

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    1. It is impossible for me to read a new Terry Pratchett independently of the memory of the last 30 years of reading each eagerly awaited book, one by one, with utmost delight It is impossible for me to read a new Terry Pratchett without my vivid recollection of him, eyes twinkling from under the brim of his hat, as he signed my precious books, and answered my breathless Mr it was ages ago Pratchett, thank you so much for all the hours of reading pleasure with Madam, thank you so much for all your [...]

    2. A couple weeks ago, I was having a real pisser of a day Then I remembered there was a new Terry Pratchett book out and things didn t seem so bad any When I first started to read it, I got two surprises The first was that it wasn t a Discworld book Which I m fine with, given how much I loved Nation The other surprise was the language of the book To be completely honest and I m really embarrassed to admit this when I started reading the book, I thought that Terry s Alzheimer s had finally progress [...]

    3. First, a disclaimer As virtually a life long Pratchett fan, I would probably buy anything he publishes If he were to release a book titled World of Poo, I would probablyoh Nevermind.The point I m making is that I can t be objective when it comes to this author the Discworld books are too much a part of my life I cried while watching TP s deeply personal euthanasia documentary I know certain Discworld characters better than I know members of my extended family.But this is a review of Dodger not a [...]

    4. Dodger by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs I listened to this on audio, and I dug the narrator I dug him a lot This book was funny and fun A lot of the humor was laugh out loud funny and a lot of the fun was in spotting the real folk amidst all the fictional characters I had a blast listening to this and if I could afford it, I would listen to the entire Discworld series narrated by Mr Briggs Alas, I cannot, so I guess I still have to read them.

    5. Without wanting to get in to yet another debate with 30 something adults about the legitimacy of said adults reading novels meant for tweens is there another author working in the YA field who treats said YA s with as much respect and intelligence as Terry Pratchett I seriously doubt it If there were I wouldn t hold the publisher manufactured genre in such contempt.Dodger is most assuredly a YA novel, a softening of Pratchett s usual intelligent discussion of humanity and witty banter but not to [...]

    6. Terry Pratchett saved me just as I was blundering into my teenage years and wondering how to make the leap from books designed for little kiddiewinks to the adult side of the library where all the books were hefty and hardback and full of secret promise I am so old that the whole concept of the tweenager did not yet exist and so you were faced with the stark choice Enid Blyton or Jackie Collins when you wandered into a library Of course there was Judy Blume but her books take about five minutes [...]

    7. 1.5 stars.So it wasn t horrid But I didn t really care for it either.First off, this must be said, it didn t feel like a Terry Pratchett book At all No zany magic that makes no sense which was fine None of his trademark humor which was not No likable characters Just a mystery novel that didn t even feel like a mystery Boo.The cover IT LIED It promised a cute and fun mystery with an adorable small boy main character Not a bit Dodger was okay His character was really rather boring And do I need or [...]

    8. Un libro con un estilo divertido es Terry Pratchett y una trama de aventuras misterios que no est mal Pero si algo cautiva en Perill n es su descarado y extra amente honesto protagonista, y su ambientaci n, el Londres victoriano m s crudo y sucio que no deja ser, a su manera, un personaje m s de esta historia.

    9. Se termin Un largo bloqueo lector y un seguido de problemas personales han hecho que tardara un mes en leerlo, pero, ahora que lo he terminado, me da much sima pena separarme de esta historia Ha sido toda una aventura victoriana llena de valores y que demuestra que, incluso en el mayor ambiente de miseria, podredumbre y desesperaci n, existe gente buena en el mundo Debo decir que algunas partes del argumento me ha costado entenderlas Tambi n me ha parecido que no tiene tanto humor como otros lib [...]

    10. The most unexpectedly fun read of the year is Terry Pratchett s Dodger With an unmatched skill, Pratchett shows himself to be a writer akin to to Mark Twain and as adept in the historical world of 19th century London as he is in the imaginary world of Ankh Morpork.A month ago or so, Britt came home with a book on CD for a road trip It s called Dodger, she said as we set off down the road By some guy called Terry Pratchett Discworld I asked from the driver s seat Disc what she said No, it s won s [...]

    11. There s some pleasure to be had in Terry Pratchett writing about actual London , instead of Ankh Morpork, but this is weak stuff.There are also some points for Terry s basic humanity and his fondness for reformers like Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew But every character who isn t an historical person falls utterly flat the cheeky Cockney rascal, the canny Jewish elder, the smelly dog, there s even a reference to a whore with a heart of gold, I think.A rare, unexpected moment that works makes us [...]

    12. People are what they do, and what they leave behind If you re ever in the mood for a cute, light, fluffy, heartwarming story, then you should really think about picking up Dodger.The book s eponymous protagonist is an orphaned street urchin who lives in Victorian London and works as a tosher that is, someone who goes into the sewers to find treasures in the trash When he pops out of a sewer to be the knight in soaking armor to a lady in distress, he suddenly finds that one small act of kindness [...]

    13. This is an excellent book, if a rather perplexing one The story is set in Victorian London and thereby lies some of my confusion Firstly, it very bravely sucks real figures of the time into the storyline e.g Dickens, Mayhew, Burdett Coutts, Peel which is potentially dangerous Secondly, everybody knows that Pterry writes about Discworld so I found myself constantly expecting to encounter the denizens of Ankh Morpork at every turn There are so many parallels between Victorian London and A M that t [...]

    14. My first ever Terry Pratchett.I know, I know, I m behind in the game, what with Discworld taking up half well, quite a sizeable proportion at least of my to read list.Dodger is the story of a nobody with a gallant heart, and with wits about him as people living on the streets in the days of Victorian London would have to have in order to survive It is about his past as well as his future, about the change that befell him one stormy night.I must say I enjoyed the read rather than I would have ex [...]

    15. I love clever stories about clever young people forming convoluted plots and tricking people When an author manages to give me that, Charles Dickens as a newspaperman, Sweeney Todd, the drains of London, Jews escaped from the pogroms of Russia including Karl , a noisome dog named Onan, and , well, I m pretty much beside myself with glee through the whole thing A big old sack of awesome And now, I ve got to get a hold of Mayhew s London Labour and the London Poor, Vol 3.Still need convincing not [...]

    16. As a huge Pratchett fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Dodger a non Discworld tale of an heroic tosher working in the squalor of Dickensian London who saves a mysterious girl from a savage beating one stormy night.And so begins a quite fantastical tale involving Sweeney Todd, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli and other historical figures as our hero seeks to save a damsel in distress and prevent an international incident and an improbable war.The author s style has changed noticeably during the course o [...]

    17. Wasn t sure what to expect, to be honest I thought it was a Discworld novel, with Dickensian overtones with an Ankh Morpork Dodger character so it was a pleasant surprise to find it set in actual Victorian London although, as Pratchett himself says, a London with a bit of a shine on it I was seriously impressed by the writing and to me it seemed as though Pratchett has been leading up to this book via the YA books, particularly Maurice, and the Watch novels There are undertones of much of Nobby [...]

    18. The Darwinian maxim of survival of the fittest is almost chanted like a mantra by a lot of people I know In the world in front of our eyes, no other principle is put to use with such effortless ease as this one An erstwhile boss of mine used to call such a skill in the corporate world as streetsmart which at an early stage of my career I found to be a rather plain usage But as time went by, I understood the need for such a survival skill and just why is it that he called it so Dodger is the stor [...]

    19. Not Pratchett s best The plot was thin, the characters didn t come to life, and even some of the grammar was poor, especially for Charles Dickens, who really ought to have known the difference between who and whom.What saved the book, however, apart from the sensitive treatment of Sweeney Todd and the wonderful imagery of London s sewers, was, I think, Pratchett himself One never knows whether this book or the next will be his last, and I buy every one of them aware that the man is a legend, rig [...]

    20. I hate to say it, but maybe it is time Pratchett leaves Diskworld behind much as I hope for one trip with the witches of Lancre If he keeps writing quality entertainment like this I will forgive him completely Hard to put in a category, but as the author calls it Historical Fantasy in the afterword, that is good enough for me Follows the title character who early on rescues a women from a bad situation, then does his best to keep her safe As is the norm for this type of book, meets lots of hist [...]

    21. Whilst this isn t the next Discworld book we ve all been waiting for the latest Pratchett book is still worth reading Set in Victorian London, Dodger is a mixture of alternate history as well as a mystery novel Dodger is the archetypical young ragamuffin, brought up on the streets but with a heart of gold and intelligence not generally found amongst his peers, who finds himself in a position to change his life and rub shoulders with the top of society For those who ve read Raymond Feist s books [...]

    22. I found this an odd, and slightly awkward book It has a lot of what Pratchett likes to do, and does well a big, busy city full of things and people that most people don t notice customs, superstitions, and language that have intrigued him a convoluted storyline with humour and drama and a happy ending.The trouble is, none of it seems to quite gel The characters are less well rounded than I would expect The writing doesn t flow with Pratchett s usual smoothness The dialogue is jerky, the characte [...]

    23. I tried, honestly But ultimately this book falls prey to a plot that you never really get invested or interested in Lots of potential, but untapped.

    24. 1st read 10 24 12 Thoroughly enjoyable I still love Solomon and feel less thrilled by Serendipity But the ending was perfect for Dodger.One thing I want to point out was how nice it was to see a sympathetic and heroic jewish character in a Victorian setting Such a nice modernism to include Subversive even, with TP s great sense of humor.Be sure to have available when reading this book I couldn t help but learn something 2nd read 10 28 13 I would love a book about Solomon s past He is my favorite [...]

    25. First off lets be clear, while this is by Terry Pratchett this is not a fantasy book Discworld fans hoping for something in that vein will be disappointed To be honest I m not entirely sure what I d class it as Spin off of a classic Historical fiction In reality its probably both The titular character if not actually the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, is certainly based on him and a man by the names of Charlie Dickens who runs a newspaper and is concerned with the well being of the poor is one [...]

    26. Dodger is an ode to Dickensian London through and through, right down to the slightly too saccharine to believe ending That optimism is part of the charm, though And like Dickens novels, it takes a beneficent view of 19th century London s poor The book practically shouts that the only important difference between the poor and the rich is that the rich have money, as evidenced by Dodger s rise from the gutter to Saville Row in just a few days.But that message is sort of hamstrung by the character [...]

    27. This is not a Discworld novel But that is made clear from the get go.Pratchett sets his story in Victorian London, and he peoples it as it was That is with historic personages, including Charles Dickens, who gets, in Pratchett at least, the idea of the Artful Dodger from a young man who is named Dodger and who is artful Pratchett s Dodger does seem to owe something to the Baker Street Irregulars as well as Dickens creation The plot of the novel also seems to owe much to Wilkie Collins.In many wa [...]

    28. Plucky orphan is lifted out of the literal sewers of poverty in early Victorian London by accident and bravery and Charlie Dickens.Fun but forgettable I was honestly confused why this wasn t a Discworld book It s not like that s ever stopped him from introducing historical personages or anything, and this felt like Sam Vimes was just around any given corner He kind of was, actually, only he was called Sir Robert Peel.Then we got to the end, and there was an afterword about how Pratchett wanted t [...]

    29. I began listening to this with a bit of trepidation Was Terry Pratchett going to trash my beloved Dickens I m midway through Barnaby Rudge which speaks to how much I love Dickens novels I read the ones nobody s heard of.I began to relax as I listened to the wonderful opening sentences mimic Dickens own typical introductions in all their Victorian glory.Then Charlie appeared, a canny, knowing one who seems an admirable fellow altogether, capable of flummoxing the Dodger from the get go I immediat [...]

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