Dodger was an excellent mix of history, literature and adventure. Terry Pratchett creates yet another masterpiece, this time in the form of “historical fantasy” as he dubs it. Dodger, an orphan, is a lovable and daring character that I want to see more of in the future, though Dodger could stand on its own as a novel. Fans of Charles Dickens will love this book and all its references, though one should note that this book is far more enjoyable if you are well versed in English literature and London legends, and thus it is a novel for older, more experienced readers. However, this adds to the fun, keeping the reader searching for the next little Easter egg amid the fantastical plot and action!
Profanity/Language: 7 religious exclamations, 21 mild obscenities, and 6 derogatory names.
Violence/Gore Rating: 1 character dies from injuries, with some detail of the injuries; there are several fights and scuffles involving fists, crowbars, brass knuckles, and knives, resulting in minor injury; much of the time characters are threatening or intending to do harm to each other with fists, guns, knives, and razors. There are several instances of reported violence, but not in great detail. There is one instance of destruction of property without casualties. A pregnant character loses their child as a result of violence.
Sex/Nudity Rating: There are several kisses; 5 instances of implied or reported sexual activity or prostitution; several instances of innuendo.
Mature Subject Matter:
Poverty, prostitution, anti-semitism, corruption, death, women’s rights in 1800’s.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters drink alcohol on several occasions.