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Book 14- Dodger, by Terry Pratchett

14. Dodger, by Terry Pratchett. This book shows why Pratchett is one of my favorite authors. He has such a dry, observant wit. Here, he borrows from Charles Dickens, using that author's creation of the likable rogue, the Dodger, as inspiration here. Dickens even has a key role. In Pratchett's novel, Dodger is a good-hearted tosher and sometimes petty thief (and more often than not a sort of Victorian-era Robin Hood.) One night, Dodger spies a young woman escape from a carriage and get roughed up by her captors. Dodger comes to her rescue, and finds in the process that his life changes forever. There are a lot of fun little cameos, like the aforementioned Dickens, Mayhew, Mistress (here, Mrs.) Quickly, Sweeney Todd, Disraeli, and others. There's the usual wordplay and fun asides that readers expect from Pratchett. Love the interactions between Dodger and Dickens, and between Dodger and Solomon, the Jewish jack-of-all-trades who serves as a kindly father-figure for the young teen.
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