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Dodger [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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Book Description

13 Sep 2012

Dodger is a tosher - a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London.

Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn't.

But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.

And Dodger's tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins . . .

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens; First Edition edition (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385619278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385619271
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Here, once again, is the mark of a great writer . . . we are captivated by ingenious word-building on every page . . . As Dodger's triumphant path ultimately brings him honour from the very highest rank of society, we cannot help but cheer not only for his success, but also for the success of this ebullient, funny and delightful novel." (Guardian)

"Wonderful." (Daily Mail)

"Dodger feels fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph that should be celebrated as yet another glorious gift from Narrativia." (SFX)

"[A] superb novel . . . full of eccentric characters and carefully detailed London scenes, the tale embodies both Dickens's love for the common man and a fierce desire for social justice." (Publishers Weekly)

"It's a masterwork from a treasure and hero of a writer, and it will delight you." (Cory Doctorow)

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

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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Loved it, very addictive
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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 4 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 9 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 11 days ago by Abigail Merchant
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Terrific read
Published 12 days ago by Carrie
4.0 out of 5 stars a book which is nevertheless exceptionally well-written and...
Dodger is a bit of an anomaly – one of Terry Pratchett’s rare non-Discworld books, a book which is nevertheless exceptionally well-written and well-researched and a joy to read. Read more
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A really good read.
Published 14 days ago by christopher middleton
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Loved it. A great read and provided a good background to London at this time. Cleverly done!
Published 22 days ago by christine a. holland
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