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Illustrated Dodge a Twist and a Tobacconist (The Illustrated Alexander Legacy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
The opening chapter introduces the POV character, Prince Florizel of Bohemia, from Stevenson's Suidice Club. The beginning sets the stage for a gripping adventure. The author skillfully develops the character and the reason for Florizel ending up in London. It really had me chomping at the bit for a rollicking steampunk adventure tale.
Unfortunately it does slow down considerably as the remaining cast is introduced and the backstory and setup for the main mystery is laid out through a series of cutaway "reports". This section can become a bit confusing and discouraging to readers who have gotten excited by the adventurous pace set by the first chapter, but DON'T GIVE UP! Why? Because those readers who stick through this setup will get a great payoff.
The story resumes its adventurous pace and whisks the reader through Sherlock-Holmes-like twists and turns as the mystery unfolds and the characters seek to unravel the mysterious identity of Dodge, the story's antagonist. The ending leaves room for a great tie-in for the next book.
Honestly, with some tweaks to the pacing, this could have been a five star review. I am definitely a fan of Sophronia Belle Lyon and look forward to the next book in the series. I believe that with the characters already introduced and the main backstory laid out, there will be no barriers in the next book that should impede an amazing steampunk adventure ride!
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I was so disappointed with this book. Maybe my *expectations were too great*. But there was so much to work with and such great potential. Any yet it all fell flat. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 6 months ago by CJ
This is a story about a prince who is betrayed, loses everything (including his family), is spirited out of his country by friends, and eventually, after a period of time as a poor... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Yellow30SciFiReview
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 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a really good read. It put some additional flesh on some old bones and I ate it up!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not for the Grandkids due to references to deviate sexual acts. Only a small diversion in an otherwise enchanting tale.Published 9 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 10 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 11 months ago by Capot
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