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Dodger by Terry Pratchett
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Read from October 04 to 12, 2012

Dodger is a good-feel fantasy novel. Emphasis on the fantasy. Pratchett's London has little resemblance to Dickens' dark streets and dingy holes. Even Pratchett's crumbling sewers shine. There is more than a hint of Ankh-Morpork within this city

Dodger's Saccharine flavour does not stop with the city, it permeates the plot and the characters. The good are good, the bad are bad, and there are very few, if any, surprises in between. The stereotypes that work so well in fantasy settings lose something when transferred to the real world setting of Victorian London. Dodger is a 'geezer' with good intentions, Sol is the wheeling, dealing, bartering Jew, the Mayhew's are rich with a conciousness, whilst the baddie is never fully realised, and his minions kill to show they're evil - yet never manage to out-fox the Dodger, usually by dint of monologuing and giving all their secrets away.

However, whilst predictable and rose-tinted, Dodger is good fun. It takes a romp through a fictional history, but uses enough facts to get you wondering and on to Wikipedia to find out more. For a younger reader (8-9) I would imagine it could be a wonderful way into learning about some of the dryer aspects of Victorian history;politics, people and the massive re-building of the sewers. (Some parents of younger readers may object to the word 'shite' that is found once or twice through the book)

All in all, a great book for the younger audience. With some compelling ideas and thoughts thrown in.
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