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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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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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14 of 14 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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120 of 126 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
By Santa
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Back on form 24 Sep 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Having not thought too much to the last title released in conjunction with Stephen Baxter, I was a little worried if Terry was selling more by name rather than by talent, that was until this new book arrived. Whilst not set in the famed Discworld, Terry really gave the reader a treat by managing to fit a lot of characters from the Dickensian period into this new title, you have our hero Dodger, Sweeney Todd, Benjamin Disraeli and of course Mr Dickens himself.

It's a book that's full of quirky characters, it has a few laughs and also gives the reader the chance to dip into a lost world that more people really should get chance to see. Its fascinating and with the variety of weird jobs there, really brings old London Town to life. Add to the mix a wonderful set of problems that only our protagonist, the downtrodden hero of the masses can help to solve.

All in a cracking title and one that I had a lot of fun reading. Great stuff.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable 16 Sep 2012
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After "The Long Earth" I had fretted about "Dodger", but I needn't have worried as it is superb.

As I started to read I could feel the stress draining from my body and (I am told) I sat with a contented look on my face. Ah yes, the power of the Pratchett.

Dodger is a "tosher" a person who searches the sewer system for the gems that fall into the toilet and end up being flushed, along with the coins and other bits and pieces that fall out of people's pockets ... he can earn more than a chimney sweeps boy, but without the soot.

One night, during a storm, Dodger comes to the rescue of a young woman who is being attacked by two men. During this rescue he meets a pair of reporters one by the name of Charlie Dickens and his friend Henry Mayhew (editor of Punch magazine) also come to the rescue, but Dodger, having grown up on the streets, doesn't trust these posh adults with this young woman and decides to become her protector.

On the way we, and they, meet Angela Coots (member of the banking family), Robert Peel (head of the police), Benjamin Disraeli (Prime Minister), and one Mr Sweeney Todd, along with more historical characters (real and ficticious).

Someone wants the young woman (known as Simplicity) dead, and Dodger and his new acquaintances must find out who it is and why.

A thoroughly enjoyable read. Sir Terry is back to his best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More please... 29 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This has all the familiar Pratchett-esc elements that I always enjoy. However, with them based in a (mostly) real world they seem so much more engaging and interesting.

I would really like to see what Dodger gets up to helping the British government "take an interest" in various things!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dodger by a Terry Pratchett
This book is extremely well written and keeps your interest throughout. The twist and trumps of the novel are great and very easy to keep up with. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Miss Katie-louise Sweetlove
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
May have been a toung person's read but I think you need age to understand the underlying story. Highly recommend.
Published 10 days ago by Joy cleightonhills
3.0 out of 5 stars Dodger
Not one of pratchett's best books, struggling to finish. I bought it because it had good reviews and have enjoyed many of Tp's other books.
Published 12 days ago by lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Dodging between realities
Yet again, Terry Pratchett has woven a story around the unbelievable and made it thoroughly enthralling. The further into the story you get, the more compelling it becomes.
Published 15 days ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I wasn't sure about this book at first. I love Terry Pratchett, especially his Discworld series. This one is set in Dickensian London and the parallels with Discworld and Ankh... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Cari Percy
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett is a Genius
Just read it, it's brilliant. A story to warm the heart, obviously written by a master author who has honed the literary craft to suit themselves. Thanks Mr P.
Published 21 days ago by David Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchet another master peice
Another well researched book that tells of this time very Dickensian, highly entertaining and inforative. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Alan Fowles
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand-daughters' reding @ 9
I have a 9 year old grand-daughter and I am trying to ensure she is given 'interesting'
and hoepfully educational books to read............ Read more
Published 24 days ago by anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy, just not on Discworld but I loved it
I don't understand the whinging. The setting is Victorian London, not Ankh-Morpork, but the entertainment is just the same. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger Cavanagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Pratchett
Really loved this story - great characters and interesting to have a story not set in discworld. one of my favourites.
Published 1 month ago by Bridget
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