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Dodger [Kindle Edition]

Terry Pratchett
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"Historical fiction in the hands of the inimitable Sir Terry brings the sights and the smells (most certainly the smells) of Old London wonderfully to life . . . Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don't miss it." (Kirkus Reviews)

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A terrifically funny tale of dark deeds in Dickensian London, from master storyteller Terry Pratchett.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 776 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (13 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007C5AS26
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 15 Dec 2012
I have read most of Terry Pratchett's books and the one constant throughout them has been the fantastic characterisation and humour within these books. I have always preferred the Discworld books due to the fact that the characters grow throughout the series. If you are already a Discworld fan and are thinking of buying this book, then I would absolutely recommend it. Yes, it is not a Discworld book, but the characters are so well portrayed and the situations that occur are so well described, then it may as well be a Discworld book, but without the Discworld! If you are new to Pratchett then I would also recommend this book as a good way of seeing what he is capable of. If you enjoy a well-written story with humour, then this should be a definite purchase.
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121 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spiffing! 13 Sep 2012
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I got this downloaded to my Kindle at the crack of dawn this morning - and I have just finished it. What can I say? After the rather difficult novel that was 'long earth', Mr P is back on form with this mildly Dickensian (okay, a lot Dickensian!) tale of Dodger, a young sewer 'tosher'. In the best tradition of unlikely heroes everywhere, our lad stumbles on the vicious attck of a young girl, thus plunging headlong into a dark mystery. I'm not going to give away the plot, except to say, that it is pure Pratchett, with twists and turns everywhere, starkly witty social observations and characters that Dickens would wish he had invented. Laugh out loud funny, poignant and waspish, this is a strong contender for my favourite book of the year. My only complaint is that five out of five is not enough. Who knew that sewers could be so interesting?! Recommended!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Pratchett 4 Oct 2012
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A book that manages to hit that very difficult objective of being an adventure story, with a proper hero,suitable for both children and adults. If I had a five-year-old I would be happy to read it to him or her, but as someone almost as old as Sir Terry, I enjoyed it too.

A sequel must surely be a possibility.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not his best 12 Oct 2012
Similar in style to Nation, this book sets out an alternative history of Victorian England, following the exploits of a young tosher who lives by his wits in the slums of London. A chance encounter with a young girl in distress and two emminent gentlemen (one of whom is Charlie Dickens) sends him on a giddy circuit around the gentry, parliament and down into the sewers and morgues of London.The book is marketed towards children, but I'm not entirely sure the age range it's targetted at. The romance, along with murder, miscarriage and violence, would suggest young adults more than children. I'm not sure how many parents will suddenly falter as they read this to their little cherubs at bedtime.

The book has little of Terry Pratchett's trademark humour, though there is some comedy of errors in Dodger's floundering in the unfamiliar world of high society. The story is told through Dodger's eyes, and so I suppose living on the edge of society leaves little time for laugh-out-loud moments, but I would have preferred more.

I was also uncomfortable with how Dodger met just about every leading figure from that time in the space of a few days, from Babbage and Mayhew through Robert Peel and even to Victoria and Albert, all of whom accepted him as an equal on the say-so of the journalist Dickens. Sweeney Todd I can forgive, this being an alternative past, but Dodger achieving overnight fame for not one but two historic feats of bravery in as many days seemed too coincidental, as did his buying Robert Peel's cast-offs immediately before meeting the man himself.

There was a lot of Samual Vimes in Sir Robert Peel. Historically he was a politician, but in this book his politics are second place to his being a copper of the old school, with a nose for what was what on the streets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Dickensian Tale from Pratchett 15 Nov 2013
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Dodger is something different from Terry Pratchett. Not a fantasy novel or a Diskworld book but a fictional story of a loveable street Urchin set in an alternative Victorian London.

I read this book in a couple of days and couldn't put it down. It was very much a Pratchett book in a Dickensian world filled with a mixture of the kind of curios that Pratchett produces and some very Dickensian old characters laced with famous characters from history thrown into a foggy murky melting pot of Victorian Intrigue.

This has been one of my highlights of this year and a real surprise. Loved it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have set it on Discworld... 18 Jan 2013
By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER
I'm a great fan of Terry Pratchett's and very rarely have anything negative to say about his work, but this novel left me rather cold. It is set in the 'real' world, as opposed to his fantastical Discworld, a decision I find hard to understand. The story is simple enough, but I just couldn't believe in any of it. Whereas tales of trolls and goblins and wizards from Pratchett always have a ring of truth, this 'historical fantasy' seemed completely unbelievable. I don't know why Pratchett didn't set this tale on the Discworld - Ankh-Morpork is very similar to Dickensian London after all. He could have sent up the conventions of the genre and included satirical versions of the real people characterised here, and added in cameos from many of his much loved old favourites. I generally dislike fiction that includes people from real life, because it immediately jerks you out of the story, and this book is littered with real-life characters including Dickens, Disraeli, Queen Victoria and Robert Peel. Pratchett could have got around this easily by using Discworld avatars.

The trouble is, the set up of this book makes you feel you should take it seriously, and that's the big problem. The story is, in all honesty, ridiculous. Pratchett implies he was trying to make a genuine social commentary about the miserable living conditions of the age, but in actual fact he makes it all sound rather glamourous. The subject matter has the potential to be quite dark and genuinely gripping, but it's just too daft to ever leave the reader feeling anxious. I won't list all the implausibilities here because it would spoil the plot, but readers will see what I mean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Can't put it down
Published 5 hours ago by Hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent book, well recommended.
Published 1 day ago by TonyAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Very witty
More historic than the rest of his novels, Dodger is still as entertaining with witty humour.
Published 3 days ago by Joanna Rachael Gowdy
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchette
Pratchette at his very very best, not sure about the move from Disc World but he has lived up to his well deserved reputation ... perfect
Published 4 days ago by Garry f Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
an enjoyable experience
Published 7 days ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars victorian intrigue with humour
great book pratchett does it again.not as funny as his discworld series but still a great read and very gripping
Published 11 days ago by cyberjeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it, very addictive
Published 13 days ago by Charlotte Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars five star
You can always rely on Terry Prachett for a good read. Good story as always, although I have to admit I prefer his discworld series if I had to choose.
Published 16 days ago by Moira Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
Great Book!!!! a fantastic read. I would highly recommend this book. Not read any of his books before but was told to read this by my sister and I loved It.
Published 21 days ago by Karlina Bothe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Humorous, cleverly written, a great read. A good choice if you like Terry Pratchett but don't want to read a Discworld book.
Published 22 days ago by Abigail Merchant
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