On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:13:34 PM UTC+1, John S. Wilkins wrote:I really enjoyed Dodger. I think that recently there has been more of a sense of how PTerry is feeling when he wrote the books, and this time it feels as if he is pretty darned happy. Perhaps now he has got into the swing of his dictation software and the initial furore over his health has piped down, he feels freer to write again.
> I've heard nothing about this book so far. Has anyone read it? Thoughts?
> John S. Wilkins, Associate, Philosophy, University of Sydney
> But al be that he was a philosophre,
> Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre
As an example, I found that a lot of Snuff was about people recognising Vimes for his fame, and that this was hog-tying his work. Was this how PTerry felt when he was trying to write a book and get Alzheimer's/chosing to die into the public debate? It started to get on my nerves - as if Vimes was constantly saying "Don't you know who I AM?" but sort of in reverse...
Dodger is simultaneously a hefty nod to Dickens and a bit of a gentle history lesson on Victorian London. PTerry admits at the end that some people and events got squashed together that were not so in RL, but I didn't mind. Most people wouldn't have a clue anyway.
I think this will be a perfect post-operative recovery book for ppint, though I did find that I stayed up far too late for at least four nights to read, because I got stuck in the plot. I read it until my eyes were so tired that some of the words were going red...
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