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Dodger Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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“Lovingly crafted and completely enjoyable. The temptation to quote sentences, whole paragraphs, and possibly entire chapters is almost irresistible.” (Booklist (starred review))
“It’s a glittering conjuring act, but there’s real heart here, too.” (Horn Book (starred review))
“Pratchett does a bang-up job of re-creating Old London, complete with pathos, humor, and danger, all narrated in Dodger’s unique voice.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Masterful. Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don’t miss it.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Pratchett weaves fact and fiction seamlessly....Genius.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
“A masterwork from a treasure and hero of a writer, and it will delight you.” (Cory Doctorow, New York Times Bestselling author)
“Ebullient, funny and delightful.” (The Guardian)
“Wonderful.” (Daily Mail (London))
“Fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph.” (SFX (UK))
“Masterly and entertaining.” (Children’s Book of the Week) (Sunday Times (London))
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF TERRY PRATCHETT:“Exuberant and irresistible.” (Washington Post)
“Fun and fantastic and thoughtful.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Passionately wise, spectacularly hilarious, and surpassingly humane.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Moving and highly satisfactory.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Pratchett combines gut-busting humor and genuine poignancy.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Thrilling, humorous, moving, and most wise.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))
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'Not disappointed' a reviewer wrote. So sad. 'Damned by faint praise' to quote somebody. It's a feel-good book and no mistake. Just sit back and enjoy Dodger et al. If you are expecting the kind of genius level creativity he exhibited in his earlier books, well, who of that age is capable of that? Twain wasn't.
I have all of his books, most them read more than twice and I will come back to this one someday, though I am 70 and it may have to be soon. I go to libraries, pick up a few books and read maybe 50 pages before sighing and getting some more. At the very least, Pratchett is reliable, funny, satiric, full of puck and good humor and understands people as well as any writer since.......well, nearly all of them.
If I die while reading or re-reading one of his, I'll die happy. My favorite author of all time.
I am a huge fan of the Discworld books, and everytime Terry Pratchett releases a non-Discworld book I get nervous. Some of his non-Discworld books I love, while others I feel are ordinary.
For the most part I loved Dodger. Dodger himself is awesome. He's the little guy that you can't help rooting for. Especially as he is determined to save the girl and win her heart. There are some great characters (both real and fictional) including Sweeney Todd, Robert Peel and Charlie Dickens.
I listened to the audio, as read by Stephen Briggs, and the audio was excellent. The voices as read by Briggs were spot on, and I found myself clinging to every word.
My only negative is I felt like the end dragged a bit. While the ending could've been a bit better, there were plenty of zany, awesome moments in the story and I will likely listen to this one again.
So I'll just call it as I found it:
Its a 'nice' read. Not so much a 'whodunnit' as a 'come along for the ride and let's see what happens in this new world of Mr Pratchett's devising.' Not laugh out loud funny, but certainly worthy of the occasional smile. The historical liberties taken are both gentle and generally useful. I've read many of Mr Pratchett's books time and time again. Would I re-read this one? Most likely not... but I'm happy enough to have read it the once.
And whether that was important or irrelevant, or even un-noticed, without that teeming world this book is a bit...dry. The characters are all the familiar Pratchett archetypes, the loveable rouge, the shadowy gentry, pulling strings and so on. But it never picks up speed. I was constantly feeling like I'd read this one before, and then the references to London, Spain and so on would somehow remind me that this was a story set in our world. It is a testament to Pratchett's skills that a series of books with wizards, trolls, werewolves and the like can utterly suspend my disbelief. And it's worrying that a book filled with real places, real life figures (In the form of Dickens) and context that is familiar to me can leave me not immersed, but slightly bored.
I had the feeling this book was mugging for the cameras, name dropping, trying to be playful, but ending up coming across like a species of fan-fiction, written by the kind of author who finds fantasy scenarios a bit silly, and unworthy of 'real' aueters.
That sounds a bit cruel, and I should say that this is a solid book, and a must for Pratchett obsessives, but the vital spark is missing. If you're new to Pratchett, this might not be the place to start though.
That said, why am I giving it a passing grade of three stars? Because to a true fan, even mediocre Terry Pratchett is better than most of the stuff out there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was completely absorbed into old London. Pratchett twists history and fantasy together to create a completely charming world and even romanticizes the sewers. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kara Ullrich
I adore Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. They are highly entertaining and quite snarky (my favorite thing in a book). Read morePublished 17 days ago by C. Simmons
This is my first read by Pratchett. I'm well aware that much of his fiction is satirical, so I'm not going to analyze the various satirical-social aspects and levels. Read morePublished 20 days ago by justme
I just finished "Dodger" by Terry Pratchett and I really enjoyed it. It was not what I expected. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
“Dodger” is the story of a poor but street-smart orphan who lives in Victorian-era London. Dodger makes his living as a “tosher”, which means that he wades through the city sewers... Read morePublished 29 days ago by James Vachowski
Haven't read a Terry Pratchett yet that I didn't like. This is a change of pace from his Discworld series. The powerful satire is still there, but it's a bit gentler. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Taylor
I would recommend this as a good introduction to the books of Terry Pratchett. You don't need to have read any of the Discworld books to enjoy it, as it stands on its own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by An Unfashionable Woman