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Dodger [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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Sept. 25 2012

Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett's Dodger, a Printz Honor Book, combines high comedy with deep wisdom in a tale of one remarkable boy's rise in a fantasy-infused Victorian London.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger. But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.


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“Superb.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Compulsively readable.” (Washington Post)

“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))

From the Back Cover

A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's . . . Dodger.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl—not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett combines high comedy with deep wisdom in this tale of an unexpected coming-of-age and one remarkable boy's rise in a complex and fascinating world.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dodger Nov. 7 2012
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I'm always amazed at how well Pratchett researches his books. Having read Mayhew's books as well I feel I had a lot more out of it than someone who is not familiar with Victorian London. Although the plot line is definitely one for juvenile readers, would they appreciate the accuracy and depth of the social background? Tony Robinson does a fantastic job of reading Pratchett's books as usual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and touching Jan. 3 2014
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This is classic Terry Pratchett, with some Dickens thrown in for good measure. It tells the story of Dodger, who meets author Charles Dickens during his adventures, and inspires the character of the same name in Oliver Twist. If you are familiar with Dickens, you'll appreciate the little references to famous lines from his books which he notes for later use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett does Arthur Conan Doyle Dec 10 2013
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A suspense novel set in the early nineteenth century, or thereabouts. Where the Discworld novels bend reality, this book makes it grubby and sinister. There's some humour but it's mainly about surviving and triumphing in adverse circumstances. All in all, a satisfying story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the Discworld April 14 2013
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I think Terry Pratchett must have decided the reading public needed a break from the Discworld, releasing this and the awful Long Earth. Dodger is a good read however, although you do get a little tired of the use of real characters and constant use of the same phrases.
Myself i look forward to a new Discworld novel.
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighten up folks! Oct. 3 2012
By William F. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
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C'mon, everybody, be thankful that Sir Terry is alive, much less producing books. We lost Robert Jordan a couple of years ago and now we must settle for a 'ghost' writer.

'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.
52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Artful Dodger as never told before Sept. 22 2012
By Cozy Mystery Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Set in the victorian era, Dodger is the story of a seventeen steet urchin, who earns his living by retrieving items in the sewers of London.

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.
93 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As a long-time Fan... Sept. 18 2012
By Dokkalfar - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to write something pithy;commentary that confirmed to all readers that I have been a committed fan of Mr Pratchett for a very long time now. But I've just done that - albeit sans pith.
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.
60 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best Sept. 20 2012
By Hypsy - Published on Amazon.com
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As a long time Pratchett fan, I have been left feeling bemused by this book. For many fans, Pratchett's name on the cover leads to a lot of expectations, and in this book he departs in some respects away from those expectations. As the setting is Victorian era London, the carefully constructed Discworld universe is not here. And that's okay, because the great joy of the Discworld books is to highlight some of our 'real' worlds amusing and nonsensical foibles. On the face of it, this new location seems perfectly suited, as though Pratchett is breaking down the wall of Ankh-Morpork and saying, 'Look it was London all along!'

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.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a bit better than "The Long Earth" Sept. 30 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've gotten tremendous enjoyment from Terry Pratchett's previous books, so I can't begrudge him exploring beyond the Discworld universe. Unfortunately, DODGER, as a literary effort, is just not on par with any of the Discworld books. The main characters are stereotypes and played straight, without any emotional context or hint of satire or parody. The inclusion of historical figures, both real (Dickens, Disraeli, Robert Peel, etc.) and fictional (Sweeney Todd), doesn't bring extra depth to the story since they are crudely puppeted to fit the needs of the plot. The result plays like an unconvincing mash-up of Anne Perry and Eric Idle, with little of the grace, depth and wit of Pratchett's other work.

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.
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