Hm, although part of a minority, I see that I'm not the only one to have one or two issues with Dodger!
I did mostly enjoy the book, but as rainsdot said, it was slightly too long-winded. This is only the third Pratchett novel where I have found myself having to concentrate to carry on reading (the first being Useen Academicals, the second Snuff) and overall I was fairly disappointed. I had expected much better of a Dickensian Pratchett.
Most of the characters share the same traits as many of his Discworld favourites (parallels between Dodger and Lipwig/Vimes, etc) and it felt quite a lot like Snuff, in that entire pages are needlessly dedicated to descriptions and extrapolation, when Pratchett's charm used to be his ability to capture the essence of an idea in a sentence or two. Moreover, in both novels I always felt the protagonist always had the upper hand, that nothing could possibly go wrong, and you never feel a sense of danger; it's almost a formality, reading to the end of the novel.
I suppose it was charming at first, and the tosher universe was something new to capture, but overall I was simply turning pages in search of that spark I used to find from page to page in pretty much every Pratchett book.
I wouldn't say it was a bad book, but despite leaving Discworld it was nothing new. Also, as rainsdot said, I have also noticed that Unseen Academicals is that point where something changed in Sir Terry's writing. Your thoughts?
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