Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Bill Paley


It's been a bit over a year since the death of one of my favorite authors, known on the Internet as PTerry, and in the British Empire as Sir Terrence, and I knew that there was still one of his books that I'd yet to read. I had been waiting for it to be released in the US, and apparently it never has been. I've never seen it for sale at conventions, either, so finally I caved in an ordered a copy from Amazon. Yesterday I finished reading Terry Pratchett Presents Dodger's Guide to London; it's not fiction, though Dodger is a fictional character that Pratchett had used as a protagonist in a book of that name. It appears to me that the author kept a notebook with odd little facts about London in the Victorian era and put it all together in a small book. As with many books of the sort, it can be quite amusing, and Terry Pratchett's turn of phrase adds enjoyment to it, but this isn't his Discworld, and unless you have an interest in the period in London (say, if you're into Sherlock Holmes, say, or the Flashman novels, maybe) this probably wouldn't be a book worth pursuing. That said, I did enjoy it; so there!

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