An avid, omnivorous but critical reader.
Yes. Stephen Briggs brings an extra element of atmosphere and character to the book.
I read Nation by the same author prior to this and I cannot help but compare the characters. The stories are singularly different but the development of the characters and the humour in their interaction is similar.
The characters are somehow deeper and even more interesting.
Yes for sure. I couldn't but its definitely one of those non-stop books.
Don't envy me but I've just discovered Terry Pratchett and I can't imagine how I missed him with all the books I have read. If you are reluctant to embark on the 40 book Discworld series, this (or Nation) is a wonderful place to start.
I love love love Sir Terry & grieve not giving this book a glowing review. Don't mistake me: this book is still better than most fiction out there. It just wasn't up to his usual brilliant standard. I've read all but one of his Discworld novels (that'll be fixed soon) and have always appreciated the fast-paced plot. The story here dragged a bit & it didn't really challenge or inspire me the way his other stories have.
Absolutely the best. Clever narration, delightful story. Wonderful and diverse use of language, slang and usage.
For a lover of Discworld and especially the Guards series, this was especially poignant. The melding of historical characters with the best of Dickens was beautifully done as always, and the story is infused with laughter, insight and wit seldom found in literature today. Add in the wonderful narration of Stephen Briggs and there aren't many better ways to spend an evening.
Fun read, if you are tired of sci-fi, romance, or car chase mystery's, you might find this a fun little read. Charles Dickens is a newspaper writer who meets a young cove named Doger, a tosher who works the sewers of London.. who lives with an old Jew and prays to the Lady of the sewers or the Roman goddess Cloacina. Lots of history done in a fun way, more like history-ish...