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Illustrated Dodge a Twist and a Tobacconist (The Illustrated Alexander Legacy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Characters made the leap from classic 1800s novels to band together against human trafficking and the rise of a slave empire. Implacable villains mean to turn the social order on its ear, creating a web of deceit, domination, and debauchery. These adventurers combine steam and gear technology with families, friendship, faith, and fortitude.
Note to Readers:
You asked, and Sophronia listened. Reviewers said they preferred a unified point of view instead of the "reports," and thought the heavy dialects and accents a bit much. She has consented to unify the structure of the books with an extensive new edit, placing Florizel squarely in the narrator's chair and letting no one take the reins of the adventure from him. She hopes readers can better understand the softened cockney, Russian, and western dialects, relying more on cant than contractions, and enjoy the adventure all the more!
A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist:
"Not only surprised but intrigued. I have never read much Steampunk it just didn't seem to reach me. I could not stop reading this little jewel. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Belle has in store for her readers next."
"I don't usually read Christian fiction, so I was a bit surprised. The steam-punk/Victorian lit. connection is super fun!"
"Very entertaining read that had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too, & it added extra flare."
The Pinocchio Factor:
"There's good books and then there's great books, and I've had the pleasure of reading one of the great ones recently. For a Christian who loves Steampunk and the Classics this kept me going from beginning to end and then I wanted some more!"
"So entertaining and faith inspiring that I'm going on to get the first book."
"Loved it! Such fun...It's really wonderful. I know how hard it is to keep the pace and the sense of fun in a sequel. And you did! Perfectly!"
"So much to love about the characters and the story line. Being a Christian I love the way Sophronia wove our beliefs into the story.I need more ...Please! I see she has planned for more novels in the series and I can hardly wait!"
"Another great episode. I wasn't happy with the ending but like all good books it was entertaining even while I was sitting at my kindle screaming NOOOOO!. A great piece of steampunk fiction with a clear christian message. Loved it from page one to the end."
Goodreads reviews for the first book:
*** Goodreads for the Illustrated version
Cleverly written in Victorian era where characters lives cross paths and meet. And there the fun begins! Very entertaining read that had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too, & it added extra flare.
***** Goodreads "Leaping Catfish! An adventurous tale that fills you with wonder and excitement Victorian era story. Flying coaches sinister plots around every corner. Favorite characters join in a mysterious hotel to fight for God's truth and justice basking in wonders and beauty. Visually overwhelmed. I admire that you have chosen to make them all Christians Christians can work together to fight for justice, truth and bring peace to others. "
***** Goodreads "I love this book. I even read it in the street My first venture into Steampunk brought to mind classics Wells, Verne, but entirely original. Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Kipling, woven them so seamlessly into a cohesive whole. Each character is three dimensional and entirely believable. They live and breathe. Don't miss it. This is a gem.
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Top Customer Reviews
What if the characters from your favorite Victorian-era classics crossed paths with one another? What if the heroes from those books had to work together to defeat a singular villain from one of those books?
Such is the case with "A Dodge, A Twist, and A Tobacconist." Sophronia Lyon cleverly matches characters from the works of Dickens, Stevenson, Kipling, and even Alcott, all in the setting of a London "crime drama" that will have the reader guessing from the very start. Combined with a well-placed "steampunk" vibe, Sophronia maintains the integrity of these well-loved authors, while remixing them into an entirely new adventure in the high-action, well-developed style of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." She not only adopts the style of the authors, but continues their "legacy" of social and moral values. The issues raised in this adventure are treated with the same conviction as the ones who personally witnessed the corruption and wrote about it.
I adored the old books, and reading this one was like a reunion of them all. The original authors would be proud to see their characters treated with such tactful respect, in a novel that also deals with the same social evils the authors themselves tried to speak against.
Sophronia has begun excellently, and I look forward to a continuation of the series!
The premise of this book is a good one. However, I felt that there wasn't enough explanation as to why these particular individuals were chosen. For example, there are several mentions that Prince Florizel, after leaving Bohemia, fought against evil forces, but it is never made clear exactly what that meant. What exactly did he do that brought him to the attention of the Alexander Legacy Company? The addition of a decided steampunk element (Oliver Twist is a genius inventor, and of course, there are automatons involved) was a nice touch. The novel contained an excerpt from the second in the series, which is written from Oliver Twist's perspective. Just reading that excerpt got me incredible confused having just read over 300 pages from Florizel's perspective, but perhaps by the time I read the second novel that will have worn off.
This is a really good read, with much imagination and thought put into the characterizations and the story. There is excitement, adventure, mystery, drama, even a love story, all bound by a pretty heavy Christian influence. I found the story hard to put down. But for me, it wasn’t all fun and games.
As much as I enjoyed the story, there were some disappointments. Or at least some difficulties with suspension of disbelief. Some of the devices and machines described were a little too fantastical for me. For instance, an airship which could be disguised as a coach and six? An “iPad” that’s gear-driven? With WiFi? Which can be used to control the airship? Pure fantasy, sure, but steampunk? Admittedly, my take on steampunk is that the technology is at least almost believable, given the lack of certain taken-for-granted technologies today, like electronics. Possibly if the author had provided some rudimentary explanations for how these inventions worked, I might have been better satisfied. But some of these things are just too far away from implausible possibility for me to take seriously their existence anywhere except in a very advanced technology. Nit-picky? Well, maybe, but I like to get an idea of how stuff might work, and with a number of these inventions I had no idea. Even so, it did not overly detract from my enjoyment of the story.
So go on, read, enjoy, escape reality for a while with this installment. — David Reynolds
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this book was pretty cool, having a lot of other characters in the novel from other books of the past, like Mowgli and Oliver Twist. Read morePublished 21 days ago by CJ
good story. and not the teenie bopper lite that is popular today. more in the style of Vern or Boroughs. has more ( class? Read morePublished 2 months ago by robert pultz
This was a really good read. It put some additional flesh on some old bones and I ate it up!Published 3 months ago by Lynn Christensen
Not for the Grandkids due to references to deviate sexual acts. Only a small diversion in an otherwise enchanting tale.Published 3 months ago by Rw swem
I got this book on my kindle for free. I had never heard of "Steampunk" stories before but what a great story! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lori Donadson
I've never before read a 'Christian Steampunk' book. I liked the book the fact that it was filled with characters from or near the Victorian era. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Capot
This was a LibraryThing Member Giveaway.
Elsewhere I didn't rate this, but here it seems required. This one has me puzzled. Read more
The genre of steampunk of this novel is a first for me. I have a few steampunk novels in my To Be Read shelf and this is the first of them I have read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Peter Younghusband
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