I found the story fairly two-dimensional, with more importance given to pop culture references than character development. I was more bored than offended by the constant pop culture references, primarily I think because they were so in-your-face. I honestly only made it completely through the book because Wil Wheaton is such a fantastic voice actor.
I know that my next listen will be "Johannes Cabal the Necromancer" (I've already bought and downloaded it)--but I'm going to be keeping an eye out for future Wheaton-read books.
He brings life to the characters and the story--you can tell that he really gets into the work, and is animated and engaging.
No sequels needed, thank you very much.
This was my introduction to Sherman Alexie--and a great introduction it was. This was exactly the kind of book I've been looking for in the past few months--a fictional story that felt real. The book gives an outsider's perspective, but doesn't glorify being an outsider. Being an outsider isn't treated as something 'cool' or 'rebellious.' The protagonist isn't overly angsty about his role as an outsider (considering that he's an outsider in both of his worlds), and is very frank about how weird he is.
Definitely a book for those who like good things.
"Dodger" is a nice, fun story set in a Victorian London that feels an awful lot like Ankh-Morpork (from Pratchett's Discworld series). I kept expecting Sgt. Colon or Corporal Nobbs to show up. Stephen Briggs, of course, is brilliant. Overall, this was a decent novel, and I enjoyed the ride.
Samuel Jackson, motherlover.
The humor in dealing with a child who won't go to bed--having once been that child, I can appreciate this story from that angle.
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