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  1. says:

    It is impossible for me to read a new Terry Pratchett independently of the memory of the last 30 years of reading each eagerly awaited book, one by one, with utmost delight It is impossible for me to read a new Terry Pratchett without my vivid recollection of him, eyes twinkling from under the brim of his hat, as he signed my precious books, and answered my breathless Mr it was ages ago Pratchett, thank you so much for all the hours of reading pleasure with Madam, thank you so much for all your money It is impossible for me to read a new Terry Pratchett without seeing the elephant in the room of the Alzheimers PCA variant, looking for its heavy footsteps possibly crushing the words on the page, and remembering how I sobbed when I saw his soul bearing BCC documentary about the cruel reality of his disease.What I m clumsily trying to say is that it s impossible for me to now separate the man from his writing, and to separate his writing from my own life He is his writing, it is the expression of his philosophy and his social conscience His writing has been a constant presence for than half my life Discworld has been the stage for his social commentary, one that has always resonated with my personal values One with a special humour, Monty Pythonesque and quintessentially British in flavour.Dodger is very similar, but uses Victorian London as a backdrop to highlighting the sweeping social changes of the times the contrast between classes and the striving of a few privileged persons to understand the marginalised and deprived sectors of society It is fun, it is a romp, it has wit and wisdom and eloquence It is thoroughly researched and authentic in setting with artistic licence and language modern USA persons are going to struggle with many of the words.Sir Terry is definitely still with us, the elephant is browsing quietly I wish you well Sir Terry, you are a treasure, and my life is very much richer for your contribution and your continued presence.


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    A couple weeks ago, I was having a real pisser of a day Then I remembered there was a new Terry Pratchett book out and things didn t seem so bad any When I first started to read it, I got two surprises The first was that it wasn t a Discworld book Which I m fine with, given how much I loved Nation The other surprise was the language of the book To be completely honest and I m really embarrassed to admit this when I started reading the book, I thought that Terry s Alzheimer s had finally progressed to such a degree that it had really damaged his ability to write at the sentence level About two pages in, I realized he was actually mimicking Victorian prose, which is a lot different than his usual breezy style of writing Once I realized that, it only took about three pages to get used to the new style and enjoy it After that I didn t find the language clunky at all In brief, all Pratchett s usual wit, cleverness, and humor is here There s also the added benefit of seeing Victorian London through Dodger s eyes, and while Pratchett romanticizes it somewhat, he obviously knows the time period well.


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    First, a disclaimer As virtually a life long Pratchett fan, I would probably buy anything he publishes If he were to release a book titled World of Poo, I would probablyoh Nevermind.The point I m making is that I can t be objective when it comes to this author the Discworld books are too much a part of my life I cried while watching TP s deeply personal euthanasia documentary I know certain Discworld characters better than I know members of my extended family.But this is a review of Dodger not an essay on why I love DW so here it is Though colourful and engagingly written, this isn t a very good book.It isn t awful, and there is plenty of fun historical trivia, but I wouldn t recommend it Instead I would steer newbie readers to the City Watch, William dW or Moist vL episodes of Discworld.The most glaring problem here is the Godmode Gary Stu like protagonist In the space of approximately a week, the teenage tosher sewage scavenger with questionable personal hygiene 1 receives not one, but two, fairy godfather like make overs and is accepted by the cream of London society at a fancy soiree2 wins the heart of a beautiful, multilingual Princess despite barely exchanging three sentences Middle aged women are also apparently magnetically drawn to the young urchin throwing themselves at the teen, demanding kisses in exchange for their assistance3 displays the fighting skills of Greebo the skinny teenager easily outmanoeuvres the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and professional assassins4 is recognised as a national hero and showered with money by grateful citizens, who provide free coach rides in exchange for his autograph5 meets Queen Victoria probably the most powerful person in the world at that time and is accepted as virtually her equal Although, to be fair, this occurred several months after his ascension to national heroThe other problem that I have is the use of real historical figures, such as Dickens, Mayhew, Disreali, Robert Peel etc I got the impression that Sir Terry included people he respects and admires, and perhaps this is part of the problem overlooking the implausibility of these gentleman all happening to take an interest in Dodger during a single week, the characters never really came to life for me I got the impression that I was reading about cardboard placeholders for the real men, rather than the living, breathing and flawed characters that inhabit TP s other novels.And this brings me to my next issue, which is possibly controversial the historical figures were all middle class or wealthy do gooders, concerning themselves with charity towards the deserving poor There was no mention of working class figures of the industrial era organised labour movement the movement that would culminate in arguably the biggest ever shift in British society the post war Labour victory that led to the NHS, radical redistribution of wealth, the grammar schools and free University education all of which would have fundamentally shaped TP s childhood and adult opportunities.Perhaps it isn t surprising that these working class heroes who were fighting for a fairer society for everyone were not included Because Dodger is fundamentally a rags to riches tale, where the audience is asked to empathise with and applaud Dodger s rise to join the upper classes, while throwing out the occasional sixpence whenever he feels a twinge of guilt Appropriately, the book ends with the new Sir Dodger engaged in the robbery of a priceless historical treasure a tiara once belonging to Marie Antoinette No, he is not intending to sell it, and distribute the money to the many starving orphans girls driven to prostitution who populate the book in an Animal Farm like ending, Dodger is stealing Marie Antoinette s tiara for his new wife, a former Princess Great lesson for the kids, Terry.Despite the above issues, this could have been an engaging read if the antagonists had been fleshed out something that Pratchett is normally incredibly good at If we had been introduced to the Outlander and her possibly conflicted henchman earlier, and been led to feel truly terrified and slightly awed by the assassin s ruthlessness and cunning, as well as sympathy for her henchman, it might have broken up the Gary Stu ness of the tale it might also have given us a true sense of fear for Dodger and Simplicity Additionally, it would have been a chance to show us early Victorian Britain a through the eyes of an outsider.Lastly, wtf was up with Dodger s mentor, Solomon When we first meet him, he is apparently so down at heel that he lives in a slum, and eagerly awaits Dodger s scavenged scraps of meat a few chapters later and it turns out that he is known and well spoken of by the most influential and wealthy people in the country he exchanges a secret handshake with Prince Albert, and shares a laugh with him regarding their mutual acquaintancethe King of Sweden Willing suspension of disbelief can only be stretched so far.Ultimately, this can be viewed as either a competently written, watered down Dickens fanfic Dodger s real name is Pip Stick he grew up in a workhouse etc etc or a not very successful attempt to deconstruct the Dickensian novel.It can also be viewed as an inspirational tale for children, which teaches them to, um, steal from the innocent for personal gain, vandalise the property of people who happen to be from the same country as one bad apple, and elope with a girl you hardly know who happens to have lovely hair And not to bother with school, or even basic literacy because crime is so much rewardingAnd yet, despite all of the above and my disappointment in Snuff , for fairly similar reasons I ll continue to buy any new Pratchett novel in the hope that it contains some of the old Discworld magic moments of which, though few, were still present here Which is probably what his publishers are banking on.At least there was less scatology in this one.


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    Dodger by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs I listened to this on audio, and I dug the narrator I dug him a lot This book was funny and fun A lot of the humor was laugh out loud funny and a lot of the fun was in spotting the real folk amidst all the fictional characters I had a blast listening to this and if I could afford it, I would listen to the entire Discworld series narrated by Mr Briggs Alas, I cannot, so I guess I still have to read them.


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    Without wanting to get in to yet another debate with 30 something adults about the legitimacy of said adults reading novels meant for tweens is there another author working in the YA field who treats said YA s with as much respect and intelligence as Terry Pratchett I seriously doubt it If there were I wouldn t hold the publisher manufactured genre in such contempt.Dodger is most assuredly a YA novel, a softening of Pratchett s usual intelligent discussion of humanity and witty banter but not to the extent that it is painful to read for those of us with a adult reading level Taking his most wondrous creation of Ankh Morpork back to its roots, the documented reality of Victorian London, and exploring the origin and nature of many of his past favourite protagonist heroes once , this time in the form of the cheeky geezer, tosher extraordinaire Dodger Dodger follows the well trodden path of Vimes, Carrot and most recently Moist von Lipwig from inauspicious beginnings through a series of sticky adventures to come up smelling of roses I don t think it is a coincidence that Pratchett often writes mysteries as they are perfectly suited to the somewhat grey heroes he likes to create.In this adventure Dodger saves the life of a damsel in distress one stormy London night and sets in motion a series of events that will change both of their lives forever, taking in several historical figures along the way Sir Robert Peel, Henry Mayhew, Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Babbage, Joseph Bazalgette, Angela Burdett Coutts and VA themselves are amongst the celebrity cameos shoehorned in to the story all of which irritated the cynical side of me, who will usually abhor this kind of shortcut to bond with a lazy reader, but Pratchett goes about it in such a way that it is both entertaining and educational, they are there for a reason not just because it s cute and gimmicky whereas the first appearance of a certain Mister Charlie Dickens made me groan quite loudly in exasperation and sadly it never felt important to the plot that this particular character be Charles Dickens, in my opinion there is never really a reason for using Dickens or Poe amongst others in your fiction but the author should at least make proper use of the baggage such a famous historical figure carries, and for once Pratchett disappointed on this count.As with almost all Pratchett novels this is a wonderfully entertaining and fast paced read that surely will not disappoint anyone, Dodger is another first class example of a master storyteller in full command of his abilities Once two middle fingers are being stuck up firmly in the face of the disease currently at battle with Terry Pratchett and long may they continue to do so.


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    While I mostly enjoyed Dodger, I don t think I ll be reaching for Terry Pratchett books His narrative style, if Dodger is indicative at all of the rest of his work, is a bit too extra for my taste The wit, the cleverness, the puns it gets tiresome Also, this kind of writing I find fitting for children s books, and this one wasn t exactly that, although Dodger feels like a 12 year old boy most of the book, that is until he makes it clear he is ready to get married IMO, in this book, Pratchett was at his best when writing his original characters Dodger, Simplicity, the handsy cook whose name I can t remember The real personas of the past Sweeny Todd albeit fictional , Charles Dickens, Disraeli, Queen Victoria I could have done without them Their existence in the story made Dodger s light speed ascend from rags to riches made it ever so implausible.Pretty fun romp down London sewers nevertheless, although I wish Pratchett stuck with writing an original mystery rather than putting all these famous figure at the center of it all.


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    Terry Pratchett saved me just as I was blundering into my teenage years and wondering how to make the leap from books designed for little kiddiewinks to the adult side of the library where all the books were hefty and hardback and full of secret promise I am so old that the whole concept of the tweenager did not yet exist and so you were faced with the stark choice Enid Blyton or Jackie Collins when you wandered into a library Of course there was Judy Blume but her books take about five minutes to ingest and that included at least three minutes wondering why you needed a belt to wear sanitary protection apparently JB was writing in the days of pre self adhesiveness Before I started in the Pratchett I d already flirted with the writing of Stephen King, Dean R Koontz, Wilbur Smith and Shaun Hudson I was about eleven and once I d started learning things that were probably a bit beyond my ken at that point Snuff movies in the book Dead Heads for example I felt it was time to try and find a safe non sexy, non murdery half way house for junior teens Et voila, up steps Pratchett.Most of Pratchett s books are aimed at adults but they re written in such a way that they re easily accessible to those making the kid reads to adult reads transition without too much mental scarring see above re snuff movies And so my love of Pratchett and the colourful historically and culturally skewed other worldness of the Discworld has sustained me well into my adult years.Dodger was no different although it did take a little longer to get into, perhaps suffering from a slight dilution in Pratchettyness because it is closer to the real world being set in Dickensian London, rather than the streets of Ankh Morpork Dodger is a loveable rapscallion who earns a living as a Tosher, a subterranean coin collector a sort of drain pirate who is constantly seeking buried treasure Unfortunately in a London drain the treasure tends to be buried in poop rather than dreamy golden sand but treasure is still treasure An unexpected encounter leads to Dodger rescuing a damsel in distress and as events unfold, Dodger finds himself the unlikely hero in a number of unusual scenarios and the subject of much public interest, particularly from Sir Robert Peel twice PM and infamous adversary of Ben Disraeli, not to mention founder of the modern police force and Charles Dickens um, if you re not sure who he is then I think you might have taken a wrong turn here on goodreads were you perhaps looking for an online shopping website or skysports Despite the occasional nod to the darker side of poverty stricken life in London, the Pogroms in Europe and those that end up face down in the Thames, this was generally a light hearted jaunt through the streets and sewers of old London town The spark of the Discworld was lacking but another diverting read from Pratchett nonetheless.


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    1.5 stars.So it wasn t horrid But I didn t really care for it either.First off, this must be said, it didn t feel like a Terry Pratchett book At all No zany magic that makes no sense which was fine None of his trademark humor which was not No likable characters Just a mystery novel that didn t even feel like a mystery Boo.The cover IT LIED It promised a cute and fun mystery with an adorable small boy main character Not a bit Dodger was okay His character was really rather boring And do I need or want boring characters I think not.Plus, it was insinuated that he got around a bit Ugh Really Simplicity Could you have been of a non entity love interest Probably not And I felt that view spoiler for losing her baby, she really didn t have the proper reaction At all hide spoiler


  9. says:

    Un libro con un estilo divertido es Terry Pratchett y una trama de aventuras misterios que no est mal Pero si algo cautiva en Perill n es su descarado y extra amente honesto protagonista, y su ambientaci n, el Londres victoriano m s crudo y sucio que no deja ser, a su manera, un personaje m s de esta historia.


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