Dodger, an unlikely hero?,
This review is from: Dodger (Kindle Edition)
At first, I thought this was the latest Discworld novel. I was quite disappointed when I found it wasn't; however, a slight mental readjustment, and the Pratchett charm and wit carried through.
One could easily imagine Dodger in the chaotic streets of Ankh-Morpork, ducking and diving, doing a bit of business here, a bit of scallywagging there. Instead, the protagonist finds himself in Victorian London, a jolly lad who knows how to keep his nose clean, even in the dirtiest of places. Dodger is a `tosher', someone who goes down the sewers to try to make a living. He's well known in his local area, and knows how to keep out of trouble. That is, until he gallantly intervenes to save a damsel in distress, one stormy night. Thus unfolds a chain of events which finds Dodger hobnobbing with the likes of Charles Dickens himself, as well as Sir Robert Peel and even the infamous Sweeney Todd. All the while, trying to dodge foreign assassins.
There is definitely the touch of the Pratchett humour throughout this novel. Taking real historical characters and adding a touch of Pratchett magic gives the story a rather surreal feel, but one which seems to work. We are also given a slight history lesson about the times - put it this way, I learnt some things I didn't know.
Overall, `Dodger' is an enjoyable and pleasant read. A tad too long for my liking, it's still humorous, light and informative. One for Discworld and non-Discworld fans alike.