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Fagin's Boy (Fagin's Boy #1)

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  17 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Genre: Historical, Gay friendship and romance, Adult Content.

Five years after Fagin was hanged in Newgate, Oliver Twist, at the age of seventeen, is a young man of good breeding, and fine manners, living a quiet life in a corner of London. When Oliver loses his protector and guardian, he is able, with the help of Mr. Brownlow's friends, to find employment in a well-respect
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Paperback, 624 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Blue Rain Press
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Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
Mar 21, 2014 Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf) rated it it was amazing
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What a great way to revisit a Dickens classic! Full review available on MINA'S BOOKSHELF http://minadecaro.blogspot.com/2014/0...

If you think that writing your first book as a sequel to a timeless masterpiece could be an exceedingly ambitious project, bound to fail against the magnitude of a nineteenth-century master storyteller, you obviously have never heard of CHRISTINA E. PILZ, newcomer author of historical fiction. Newcomer she may be, but I honestly think you would hardly find a better way
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Patty
Mar 10, 2014 Patty rated it it was amazing
I have not read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - I have read Dickens and I feel that knowing his style and a bit about him and more importantly the times in which he wrote helped considerably with the understanding of this book. I know enough about the story of Oliver to keep up with Ms. Pilz's narrative but what I think is more important is the knowledge of the social structures of England in the Victorian Era. These mores are a character in Fagin's Boy as they were most certainly in Dickens' ...more
Cole
Jan 25, 2015 Cole rated it it was amazing
So glad I read this, It was awesome. I was a little afraid of how it was going to end, but I'm happy with that too.
Misty
Feb 10, 2015 Misty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Brilliant and rather bold for a debut novel!

Christina E. Pilz has imagined an outstanding story here. I don't know if Dickens would have approved of her "Fagin's Boy" but I certainly did love it enormously!

She has created a truly realistic Victorian mood and atmosphere for this sequel and as an homage to Dickens, it's skillfully done in my opinion. It encapsulates everything you would expect, tragedy, suspense, crime, poverty and hope. A perfect Victorian drama, intricate, captivating and movin
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Darlene
Mar 17, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it

Let me start by saying that I have always had a soft spot for Oliver Twist, the young orphan boy who only wanted a better life. I’ve read the book by Charles Dickens and watched the movies so when I heard about Christina E. Pilz’s novel Fagin’s Boy I knew I just had to read it! Fagin’s Boy gives us a glimpse into what Oliver Twist’s life may have been like after he grew up and most surprising is she takes his life in a direction I didn’t expect. Fagin’s Boy, like Oliver Twist before it, will cap
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Michelle (True Book Addict)
(This would actually be a 4 1/2 star review, if it was an option)

Sadly, I have yet to read Dickens' Oliver Twist (it's on my endless to-be-read pile), but who hasn't heard the story, or seen the many screen adaptations? I have, of course, so I felt I knew the story well enough to read Christine Pilz's Fagin's Boy...and I'm so glad I did.

I have read several of Dickens' great works and let me just say that Pilz has masterfully captured his tone in her writing. As with Dickens, the reader experienc
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Katherine Keller
Christina Pilz's Fagin's Boy is one of the few modern day sequels to a classic novel that I think does justice to the source material. Not only does Pilz do a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Dickens' language -- without the paid-by-the-inch aspect -- but she also engages in the same sort of social satire and social commentary that he does and further extends it.

In a nutshell, several years after Fagin was hanged in Newgate, Jack Dawkins, The Artful Dodger, comes barreling back into the
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Annette
Mar 20, 2014 Annette rated it it was ok
Source: Free copy from Christina E. Pilz, Blue Rain Press, and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for a review.

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When Fagin's Boy begins Oliver Twist is 17. His Uncle Brownlow has recently died and the man in charge of Oliver has never liked him from the beginning, the staunch Mr. Grimwig. Oliver is given an opportunity to work as an apprentice in a haberdashery shop. As the story progresses, Oliver is haunted by his early childhood, the poverty, loneliness, and rejection,
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Dana
Aug 25, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a long book, and I feel like it would have been helpful if I was a little more familiar with the story of Oliver besides knowing he was an orphan. Still it was good. It was a slow work up to any intimacy or even friendship between Oliver and Jack. Oliver hopes to be living an honest life as worker in a shop and eventually own a book store. But his past doesn't want to leave him alone. Jack Dawkins keeps arranging run-ins between them, and the horrors he suffered in the workhouse haunt h ...more
Reader
Jun 24, 2015 Reader rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I got to the arrival at the solicitor's office and just couldn't torture myself any further.

Not because this isn't an amazing piece of writing, it most definitely is, and, had it been an original work(less the very wordy narration)from scratch I dare say a 4 or 5 star would have been in the offing.

I have often wonder why it is found necessary to 'build' upon someone else's creation. In practically every area of art people are doing this. Was the original work not good enough to be left alon
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I was was born in Waco, Texas in 1962. After living on a variety of air force bases, in 1972 my Dad retired and the family moved to Boulder, Colorado. There amidst the clear, dry air of the high plains, as the moss started to grow beneath my feet, my love for historical fiction began with a classroom reading of "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I attended a variety of communit
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