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Oliver Twist is one of the most well-known stories ever told, about a young orphan who has to survive the mean streets of London before ultimately being rescued by a kindly benefactor.

But it is his friend, the Artful Dodger, who has the far more intriguing tale, filled with more adventure and excitement than anything boring Oliver could possibly get up to. Throw in some va
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Published July 1st 2014 by 47North
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Artful by Peter David is a novel which expands on the world of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by taking a look at the continued life of Jack Dawkins, better known as the Artful Dodger. While it has its high points, the story falters a bit in its execution, but it was still an entertaining read.

Here, the Artful Dodger is the star of the show. The narrative begins by explaining how our young cat purse managed to escape his expulsion to Australia and reesta
Jacquelyne Aubuchon
Jun 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
I thought I would parody the book and
write a clever review but I'm too disheartened to make fun of this volume at this point. I picked this up for free from Amazon Kindle firsts. I love paranormal stories, Victorian literature, and reworking of minor characters by other authors. I also have a deep an abiding love of horrible movies. This synopsis of this book sounded like my perfect cup of tea.

I was wrong. So wrong.

Sometime in this writer's career an editor told him "show, don't tell" and some
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
This was awarded to me by Net Galley, THANK YOU! I was not aware of Peter David, until I finished the book and was telling my husband about it - when I started to tell him about the other work Peter has done, then said his name - my husband a Graphic novel & comic book fan said "Yeah, I know, he's great".

Great he is, and this book is also. My only wish for it was to have illustrations! The descriptions were so well explained, I pictured people and scenes, but would have loved them to be presente
"Thus it has always been: Only in death do worthless people have worth."

Technically, this book was what most people call "fanfiction". The author took the characters from some established book - in this case, Oliver Twist - and either continued their story or made up a new one to suit their own desires. This may be fanfiction, but it's a damn good one. True, vampyres were the farthest from my mind when I thought of the Artful Dodger, but the changeup is perfectly carried out and makes a rather i
I received a free ebook copy of this book from NetGalley.

As Ka would have it, earlier this year I read Oliver Twist. So I was rather intrigued when I later saw that Peter David was putting out a book about the Artful Dodger. I've read Peter David and he is among my favorite comic book writers as well as one of my favorite authors of Star Trek novels. This man wrote the adaptations of Stephen King's Dark Tower comic series! So he's telling the story of one of the better characters from the Dicken
Caidyn (he/him/his)
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Still on my trip, so another short one.

Actual rating: 4.5

There was no romanticism involved with these vampires. Purely killing machines with a bloodlust that is mad. No vegetarians. No sparkling. Nothing of that sort.

The writing was a spectacular imitation of older writing. And I completely enjoyed it since it made things so much better since this is a carry on of Oliver Twist.

I absolutely enjoyed the huge mash up of stories in this, along with actual historical people. Loads of fun when somethi
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

First off let me say that I've never read Oliver Twist and I'm not actually a huge fan of Dickens, but I know the overall story, mostly through the musical, to be honest.

And I liked the concept of this story - taking the Artful Dodger, and some others, from that famous book - and throw in vampires, Spring-Heeled Jack and some other stuff from history. I'm certainly not a purist when it comes to these sorts of things, and have been a fan of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Steele, Zombie
Lance Carney
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
What's all this then? The Artful Dodger fighting vampyres in Victorian London. Cool! Well, it's not a very Dickensian word, but cool I say. ...more
I didn't mean to read it, but it's done now.

I accidentally downloaded this book, then decided to read the first couple of pages before deleting it. I'd read the first couple of chapters before I realized it. I would have said you wouldn't catch me reading a silly book about vampires- and you didn't catch me- it's too late now, the deed is done. The plot was no worse than some cozy mysteries I've read, the writing was tolerable, and the book was quite humorous in places. For my troubles, I got a
BAM Endlessly Booked
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, own, fiction
Netgalley #72
Keith A. Walker
Jun 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Peter David's attempt to replicate Dickensian language is one of the most aggravating conceits I have ever encountered. Frankly, David doesn't have the talent or the understanding to pull it off. There is more to the Victorian style than florid prose and sentence structures that appear convoluted to the modern eye. One should, at the very least, understand the definitions of the antiquated words one uses in such an attempt. Yet, David clearly doesn't, and he consistently uses many words incorrec ...more
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-humor, fantasy
For those who enjoyed Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and Jane Slayer, this is right up your alley. It's a tongue-in-cheek continuation of the Artful Dodger's story after Oliver Twist. Fagin's pathetic demeanor is finally explained in this book. He's actually a vampire who has sworn off blood, making him weak and powerless. Explains everything, right?

Great light, summer read--although you may not want to read it after dark...
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Scooby-Doo fans
It's an easy read.
I would recommend to Scooby-Doo fans and getting this from a library.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm surprised the publisher didn't give it a more provocative title like, "Artful Dodger: Vampire Hunter." With a title like "Artful," people might expect it to be, you know, artful. It's entertaining, but this isn't really a fresh concept.

This is basically a sequel to "Oliver Twist," though with a twist! It focuses on the Artful Dodger, who has escaped being shipped to Australia and is building a new life, until he meets a young woman named Alexadrina--the future queen of England. Then they mee
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual rating, probably 3.5. I grabbed this because, I confess, I judged it by its cover. I love the cover. The insides are fun--a twist on Oliver that follows the adventures of the Artful Dodger, and his encounters with Bram Stoker, Van Helsing, the Baker Street Irregulars, a certain infamous serial killer, and the future queen of England, all while in the hot pursuit of vampires. I'm not much of a vampire chick, especially the current angsty, conflicted, sparkly loverboy types. But these vampi ...more
Ric White
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is it weird to have read this book without completely reading Olver Twist first? Really? Oh well. It seems that there are some overly negative reviews of this book, and I think many may be basing their analysis on comparison to the predecessor. Don't do that. This book has vampires in it. It's obviously quite different. I was entertained throughout, and while it's definitely not perfect, I'm glad I read it. Don't set your expectations too high and you'll be good to go. ...more
Trinity Irwin
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Artful was a very welldrawn and creative comic.
There was definitely a gothic/steampunk-type setting which I most certainly enjoyed.
It was well-written and had me excited to see what would happen with each turn of the page.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book Via NetGalley.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I love Peter David and will grab any novel he writes. He's always brought puns and a great sense of humor to many of his books and I was hoping for a little more of that of that in ARTFUL. There's not so much of that here. But that's OK, We have vampyres in Victorian England. This is The Artful Dodgers story. It's a little slow to start, but picks in the middle and takes off running. By the surprise ending I was sorry that it was done. ...more
Michael Gilboe
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Continuing Dickens' story with the Artful Dodger into the world of vampires in pre-Victorian London is pure fun. A witty romp that never takes itself too seriously, this feels more like the old school vampire than the new teenage ones. I'm not much of a dickens scholar, but I am curious how much holds with "Oliver Twist". ...more
Richard Ritenbaugh
Delightful epilogue adventure to Dickens' "Oliver Twist," centered on the character of the Artful Dodger--and it includes vampires! ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it

Ok I loved Oliver Twist when I was in school so when I found this book . This is the story of the Artful Dodger and the adventures he has . He falls into a plot to throw over the British Monarchy and throw in some vampires and you have a great tale.

When I started reading this book, I was like ok lets see what the Artful Dodger was up to. Who knew that I would end up getting a book hang over from reading . The book is centered around Artful and WAIT FOR IT Vampires Yes I said vampires . Artfu
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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My last encounter with the Artful Dodger was a complete disaster, see my review on The Artful. It felt only fair however to give him another chance, as it was my own fault I never read/watched Oliver Twist (and need to admit that I still haven't).

I'd almost written that Artful follows a more traditional setting, Victorian London, but then again, I thought of the vampires roaming this book, and couldn't make such a statement. It feels al
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
OK, in the preface, the author makes a pretty good argument for why the Artful Dodger would have been a better protagonist than Oliver Twist. Whereas Oliver was a whiny, simpering twit, Artful was cunning, clever, and interesting. To wit:

"Why did the adventures of such a memorably described, thoroughly engaging, and far more captivatingly visualized young man--always pictured with a cocky smile and upraised, mocking eyebrow rather than tears of pathos trickling down his face--play second fiddle
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Awesome, Creative, Unique, Intriguing.

Two things initially drew me to this book 1) being the nature of the story itself and 2) The fact that Dodger is a long forgotten nickname given to be me by my Uncle. (somewhat fitting I suppose, idk bit of a catch 22 there).

This book will now to be added to my all time favorites list.

I wavered back and forth between a 4 or 5 star rating. In fact I don't think I've ever given a 5 star rating (I tough critic) and the only reason I thought to give it 4 is
Charles Daniel
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Fang, Fagin And The Artful Dodger's Next Chapters Continued.

At the conclusion is Charles Dickens' novel, _Oliver Twist_, Fagin, the Artful Dodgers and the rest of Fagin's crew of thieves are left to founder in the purgatory that generally awaits all minor literary characters. A fate they suffer until 2014, when Peter David pulls them forth from both their literary doom and the comforting shadows which shielded their enterprises from prying and judgmental eyes to answer some questions.

How did
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this is a book graphic novel about The Artful Dodger but with a twist, there are vampires. Dodger was minding his own business when he sees a woman in trouble and when he saved her he didn't know how much his life would change. She ends up being the princess and Mr. Fang a vampire wants her and Dodger and Bram (Van Helsing's son) do there best to keep her out of harms way but they can't fight all the vampires so she gets kidnapped. They have to try and save her  from the vampires. 

I enjoyed t
PopcornReads - MkNoah
Bestselling author Peter David has a lot of sci-fi and comic credits but I still wasn’t sure when I picked up Artful. I decided to give it a try because the Artful Dodger was one of my favorite characters in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, and I couldn’t resist a book that featured him. I should have known, given Mr. David’s track record, that this would not be your average spin-off novel. Instead it’s a really fun mash-up. Mr. David couldn’t resist adding his own unique spin to Dickens’ Victoria ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a cute book. The plot is ludicrous, of course, and would have been better without real historical figures behaving so far out of their well-known character. Royals did not beat their own children, for example.

The author does a nice job of maintaining tone without getting tedious, which us a difficult thing to do. He does, however, make a few errors if usage that would not have appeared in a book of the time (and I'm referring to the narration here, not the dialog), and those took me out
Amanda Meggs
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is actually the second book I've read in the last year that is a follow on from Oliver Twist about the Artful Dodger. I liked this even though I'm not usually a fan of vampyre novels, putting them into historic London seems to work well. Artful was a likeable fellow and his helper was Van Helsing's son Bram, which was neat as it's unlikely that a street urchin would be able to accomplish the things he did without help. Fagin is another interesting character with a lot of depth, and I know h ...more
Deedra Lapray
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was delightful! I love the way Peter David weaved his alternate history in to this Dickens classic. It was like reading one of those all-Disney-movies-are-related conspiracy theory things on Buzzfeed...except that this one was really well done. I mean, really, how does one work vampires into Oliver Twist. Well, obviously Peter David knows how to get it done.
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