Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Nineteen-year-old Dodger is a young man who's grown up on the streets of London, a clever street urchin who makes a living finding items of value in the sewers and through other slightly disreputable means. But when on a horrifically stormy night he finds a young woman desperately trying to escape her captors by flinging herself from a coach, he rushes in to help her without thinking twice. It soon becomes apparent that Dodger's unique brand of street smarts, determination and fast thinking are ideally suited to keeping the young woman safe, and so he becomes involved in a mystery that will take him to some very interesting places indeed.
I always let out a cheer when Terry Pratchett publishes a new book. He's one of my absolute favorite authors, and as much as I adore the Discworld novels, it is fun to see him try his hand at something new. His Dodger is a beloved scoundrel whom I quickly came to care about very much. I enjoyed the historical setting, and the way the story weaves its way around historical personages like Dickens and Disraeli. This is a novel with teens as the intended audience, but it is one that adults are sure to enjoy as well, full of Pratchett's unique mix of humor, adventure, vivid language, memorable characters, and a gripping story. Stephen Briggs' narration is brilliant, as always. Highly recommended.
Dodger by Terry Pratchett; narrated by Stephen Briggs (Harper Audio, 2012)