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I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I recommend it whole-heartedly to readers who enjoy a variety of types of fiction. The inventions are fun, the characters memorable, the mystery engaging and the writing enjoyable. Additionally, A Dodge, A Twist and a Tobacconist is available in two forms: the standard version and a special illustrated edition full of vintage images and neat little Victorian touches.
A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist
Both are perfectly affordable and both make a great read. Rose and the Campbell Clan the leaders of a secret society? Oliver Twist an eccentric inventor ahead of his time? Mowgli and Bagheera tracking a villain through the streets of London? What if the characters from your favorite Victorian-era classics crossed paths with one another? What if the heroes from those books had to work together to defeat a singular villain from one of those books? Combined with a well-placed "steampunk" vibe, Sophronia maintains the integrity of these well-loved authors, while remixing them into an entirely new adventure in the high-action, well-developed style of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
The issues raised in this adventure are treated with the same conviction as the ones who personally witnessed the corruption and wrote about it. I adored the old books, and reading this one was like a reunion of them all. The original authors would be proud to see their characters treated with such tactful respect, in a novel that also deals with the same social evils the authors themselves tried to speak against.
Sophronia has begun excellently, and I look forward to a continuation of the series! Fun mix of characters. Heavy Christian references, which is not mentioned in any of the reviews I read. Not sure if I liked that aspect or not, but is a big part of the story. Leaving the mock-Victorian pen name aside, this book seemed an interesting idea on the description but the amateurish writing and overblown attempt to mimic Victorian English gives the impression that it is more a failed attempt to join in the Steampunk craze.
Where it goes wrong is in mixing accents across classes and American spelling to the extent that it's impossible to miss the fact that it's imitation by someone unfamiliar with actual English cultural idioms. The setting could be described Leaving the mock-Victorian pen name aside, this book seemed an interesting idea on the description but the amateurish writing and overblown attempt to mimic Victorian English gives the impression that it is more a failed attempt to join in the Steampunk craze. The setting could be described as Alternative Victorian, but I wouldn't call it Steampunk.
There is a lot of info dumping. The plot is rather dull and a lot of dialogue goes by without anything happening for long periods of time. The story isn't marketed as Christian Fiction but rather obviously is. All things considered, it was an interesting idea but I think the writer should stick within their own culture or those she has at least experienced first hand. On a positive note, the editing was meticulous and I think the writer could develop with more practice.
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So it took me awhile to get into this book. Somewhat inspired by A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Sophronia Lyon combines characters from classics of literature from the s, challenging them with a mysterious enemy. Halfway through the book I found myself engrossed in the story, and after I finished, found myself wondering what will happen in the next install Before I read A Dodge, A Twist and a Tobacconist, I had never read any steampunk, maybe because I had never even heard of the genre.
Halfway through the book I found myself engrossed in the story, and after I finished, found myself wondering what will happen in the next installment of the series. I'm looking forward to reading that one soon!
This is a delightful addition to the body of Christian fiction, and will be a very fun read for anyone who enjoys that genre. Leaping Catfish! This is an adventurous tale that fills you with wonder and excitement in this Victoria era story. There are flying coaches and sinister plots creeping around every corner.
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Your favorite characters, both young and old, from all around the world, join with together with their families in a mysterious hotel to fight for God's truth and justice while basking in wonders and beauty unknown to the rest of the world. I am visually overwhelmed when I am reading this story.
It is exciting Leaping Catfish! It is exciting and there is always something happening on every page. I do forget who is who and why they are there. I do admire the the fact that you have chosen to make them all Christians and they show how Christians can work together to fight for justice, truth and bring peace to others.
All in all, a fun and enjoyable steampunk adventure from an author strongly influenced by the classics she grew up with and who successfully translates these characters into another world inspired by her vivid imagination. View all 4 comments. A great book that honors the authors of that period and a great steampunk adventure. Jul 22, Kimberly A. And this book was certainly interesting. I think the only well-known characters people will recognize right away would be Oliver Twist and Mowgli although Austen enthusiasts will no doubt be quite cheered to see someone other than Mr.
Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet joining the ranks. There is a twist near the end of the book that was somewhat expected from my perspective but I thought it was handled well as it also set up the next book quite nicely.
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Content — Grade A- Okay, I struggled with how to rate the content on this one. This book addresses the various issues associated with human trafficking in a very blunt manner. Lyon does not shy away from the darkness of this practice, which is good, but at times it seems too in your face, so to speak. In particular, toward the last quarter of the book, one of the main characters is attacked and sodomized. Language is hinted at but all cursing takes place off-screen with one of the good guys reacting by squirting the cursing minion in the mouth with soap.
I will admit that I found several of the good guys annoying and I did not connect with them at all. Phoebe Moore-Campbell…she was too perfect and practically worshipped by all the other characters. It was a bit odd how Phoebe and her spiritual nuggets came across as more preachy than the minister and his sermon, but I think it was a matter of execution.
Yes, it can and does happen in real life but it felt contrived in the story. There is also romance within this book. Wait, is he older than I thought or is she a lot younger than I thought? However, there are two places where the narrative abruptly switched midsentence from first person to third person.
I personally would have preferred it if she had only one main character and then a handful of secondary characters with very short speaking parts with these written out accents but between Sluefoot Sue and the cockney accents of many of the other Londoners, it was painful for me to read. I hope the accents are somewhat toned down and tweaked in further books since they can make it very difficult for anyone who has dyslexia or other reading difficulties.
For example, even though this is a first person narrative, the narrator twice describes someone staring into his gray eyes. Final Grade — a B or 4 Stars The plot intrigued me, even though it took a while for it to start really building up steam, and I appreciated how faith was woven into a Steampunk novel a rare occurrence. I am interested in finding out how the plot twist at the end is handled in the second book so it will be in my To Read pile.
However, due to the content dealt with, I would recommend this book for mature Christians and add that parents need to read the book in order to discuss the issues raised with their older teenagers. Recommended for ages 17 and up.
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I was not paid to provide a positive review. My opinions are my own. This was a LibraryThing Member Giveaway. I'm not going to rate this. I often do rate even books I've been unable to finish — but this one has me puzzled. First of all: great title, although it felt like the author stretched a bit for it. The writing isn't bad, for the most part. The book description — based on which I requested it — sounded good. The rest of this review can be found here, on Booklikes , and here, on my blog. However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy.
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