“Fun and clever book! Set in Charles Dickens' 19th century London. The "hero" of the story is a character based on Dickens' Artful Dodger. Pratchett mixes fictional adventure and characters with real-life historical people and events. A challenging read - helps to have read Oliver Twist & to know a bit about the time period. ”Mrs. Rineer wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book took me a few chapters to get interested in and then I was hooked. Dodger is a unique character and having Charles Dickens play a big role was intriguing. Told in true Dicken's style, Dodger is historical fiction at its best. ”Kirsten Down wrote this review Tuesday, June 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed the Dickens-esque quality of this novel. This was my first foray into Pratchett. ”Linsey wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A bit slower than some of his other books (although no where near as slow and dull as The Long Earth), but enjoyable. A cute story with some nice Pratchett moments. I really enjoyed the author's note and almost wish he'd write a non-fiction book about the time period! ”a stor(e)y wrote this review Sunday, June 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors, so I was greatly saddened to learn that he had early onset Alzheimer’s.1 From then on it was a matter of time until the illness progressed to the point that he could no longer write. So every year when his latest book is released I wonder if it’s going to be as good as I expect or whether it’ll be obvious that he’s no longer able to write and his publisher is only continuing to publish his books out of greed.
Fortunately it doesn’t seem that we’ve got to that point yet. I was disappointed with the most recent Discworld novel Snuff, but I suppose that was unrelated.
Dodger is a good book and I’m glad Sir Terry was able to write it while he was still able.
It reads like a love letter to Charles Dickens. There’s a lot of texture and detail to the Victorian setting and it’s clear that Sir Terry admires Mr. Dickens.
There are also several brushes with destiny, as the main character interacts with several famous people from Victorian England. I caught some of the references but not all of them. I suspected (and it’s confirmed in the afterward) that he had to adjust things to get some of the famous people in the right place at the right time, but it’s a historical fantasy after all.”
“The concept of this book was creative and the writing was well done, it just wasn't a style of writing the really appealed to me. There wasn't really anything wrong with the book, it just felt like it took me a long time to get through. Maybe the pace wasn't fast enough or something. ”Shay W wrote this review Tuesday, May 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fabulous audio version!”Mary Ellen B wrote this review Saturday, April 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great fun with Charles Dickens, Disraeli, etc”CornerLibrarian wrote this review Wednesday, April 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Compelling, thrilling, captivating”The Wizard of Words wrote this review Sunday, April 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No