Fagin's Boy

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Fagin s Boy is Book Before reading Oliver Twist Artful Dodger gay romance SIGN ME UP First half of book Wow this Oliver is kind of a classist jerk What kind of person ignores child abuse in your o

Fagin's Boy is Book Before reading: Oliver Twist/Artful Dodger gay romance SIGN ME UP!First half of book: Wow, this Oliver is kind of a classist jerk. What kind of person ignores child abuse in your own home because it reminds you too much of what you suffered as child?Second half of book: Oliver doesn't deserve Jack!! Jack is clearly the most pure-hearted and lonesome pick-pocket!After reading:Yikes????? The ending?? Like I'm happy they're running away together, but did Oliver really need to go around stabbing/hitting people?final note: if you want a sequel to Oliver twist with Oliver/Jack romance that takes an honest look at social inequality without being uselessly grimdark! and is true to the characters (eg remembering that Oliver is innately good and innocent, and Jack, clever and decent) i would recommend you read 'Penny Dreadful' by mickleditch on AO3 instead.. alternate cover for B00I7J4RUKGenre Historical, gay romance, adult content.Five years after Fagin was hanged in Newgate, Oliver Twist, at the age of seventeen, is a young man of good breeding, and fine manners, living a quiet life in a corner of London When Oliver loses his protector and guardian, he is able, with the help of Mr Brownlow s friends, to find employment inalternate cover for B00I7J4RUKGenre Historical, gay romance, adult content.Five years after Fagin was hanged in Newgate, Oliver Twist, at the age of seventeen, is a young man of good breeding, and fine manners, living a quiet life in a corner of London When Oliver loses his protector and guardian, he is able, with the help of Mr Brownlow s friends, to find employment in a well respected haberdashery in Soho.However, in the midst of these changes, Jack Dawkins, also known as the Artful Dodger, arrives in London, freshly returned from being deported Olovers own inability to let go of his past, as well as his renewed and intimate acquaintance with Jack, take him back to the life he thought he d left behind.. Popular Books Fagin's Boy What a great way to revisit a Dickens classic! Full review available on MINA'S BOOKSHELF http://minadecaro.blogspot.com/2014/0...If you think that writing your first book as a sequel to a timeless masterpiece could be an exceedingly ambitious project, bound to fail against the magnitude of a nineteenth-century master storyteller, you obviously have never heard of CHRISTINA E. PILZ, newcomer author of historical fiction. Newcomer she may be, but I honestly think you would hardly find a better way to revisit a Dickens classic other than reading Pilz's debut novel, FAGIN'S BOY. If you are familiar with the extraordinary British novelist and his work, chances are you will be genuinely enthralled by Pilz's ability to breathe new life into an iconic character of the Victorian realism. In her extremely well-executed novel, the author re-imagines, with exquisite richness of historical details, and penetrating understanding of character and social biases, the young adult life of Oliver Twist. The angel-face workhouse orphan, who refused to let his humble and troubled beginnings define his future, returns in Fagin's Boy to build new bridges and rehash old demons. The resolution of this riveting and vividly drawn tale will blow you away. Highly recommended.

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  • Christina E. Pilz Post author

    I was was born in Waco, Texas in 1962 After living on a variety of air force bases, in 1972 my Dad retired and the family moved to Boulder, Colorado There amidst the clear, dry air of the high plains, as the moss started to grow beneath my feet, my love for historical fiction began with a classroom reading of Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder I attended a variety of community colleges Tacoma Community College and state universities UNC Greeley, CU Boulder, CU Denver , and finally found my career in technical writing, which, between layoffs, I have been doing for 18 years During that time, my love for historical fiction and old fashioned objects, ideas, and eras has never waned.In addition to writing, my interests include road trips around the U.S and frequent flights to England, where I eat fish and chips, drink hard cider, and listen to the voices in the pub around me I also love coffee shops, mountain sunsets, prairie storms, and the smell of lavender I am a staunch supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  • Before reading Oliver Twist Artful Dodger gay romance SIGN ME UP First half of book Wow, this Oliver is kind of a classist jerk What kind of person ignores child abuse in your own home because it reminds you too much of what you suffered as child Second half of book Oliver doesn t deserve Jack Jack is clearly the most pure hearted and lonesome pick pocket After reading Yikes The ending Like I m happy they re running away together, but did Oliver really need to go around stabbing hitting people f [...]


  • What a great way to revisit a Dickens classic Full review available on MINA S BOOKSHELF minadecaro 2014 0If you think that writing your first book as a sequel to a timeless masterpiece could be an exceedingly ambitious project, bound to fail against the magnitude of a nineteenth century master storyteller, you obviously have never heard of CHRISTINA E PILZ, newcomer author of historical fiction Newcomer she may be, but I honestly think you would hardly find a better way to revisit a Dickens clas [...]


  • Christina E Pilz must have wondered one day, what happened to Oliver Twist later in life And what if he was gay , then proceeded to write a sequel for Oliver If you ve never read the original story, the details are woven into the narrative and I don t think it s necessary At 17, Oliver s fortunes change once again with the death of Mr Brownlee After 5 years of a near idyllic life, and left with the irascible Mr Grimwig, Oliver is aided by Mr Brownlee s friends to take an apprenticeship He Is als [...]


  • I am done, maybe some other day, but this is definitely not that day The constant repetition and level of unnecessary detail did me in It s too bad because I think this could be a great story.


  • I have not read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens I have read Dickens and I feel that knowing his style and a bit about him and importantly the times in which he wrote helped considerably with the understanding of this book I know enough about the story of Oliver to keep up with Ms Pilz s narrative but what I think is important is the knowledge of the social structures of England in the Victorian Era These s are a character in Fagin s Boy as they were most certainly in Dickens books It was a tim [...]


  • Brilliant and rather bold for a debut novel Christina E Pilz has imagined an outstanding story here I don t know if Dickens would have approved of her Fagin s Boy but I certainly did love it enormously She has created a truly realistic Victorian mood and atmosphere for this sequel and as an homage to Dickens, it s skillfully done in my opinion It encapsulates everything you would expect, tragedy, suspense, crime, poverty and hope A perfect Victorian drama, intricate, captivating and moving.This [...]



  • 4 starsI suspect that if you re a Dicken s purist, you might not like this book but I have to say that I enjoyed this one It s been many, many years since I read Oliver Twist, so I don t have a strong emotional connection to the original story or the wonderful characters that Dickens created Therefore, it s easier for me to imagine a slightly older Oliver with some serious rage issues But are they unjustified Perhaps not, given that it seems he s always being dealt a shitty hand in life In this [...]


  • Very fine extension of Dickens original work, proposing the direction of Oliver s life after the death of his guardian, Mr Brownlow Lots of research went into this, I suspect The relationship between Oliver and Jack Dodger seems quite plausible.Probably unnecessary to say, but if you don t like Dickens, or the slow pace of most 19th Century British authors, you probably won t like this Also, it contains a long, drawn out male male courtship element very well done, in my opinion, but bound to off [...]


  • Let me start by saying that I have always had a soft spot for Oliver Twist, the young orphan boy who only wanted a better life I ve read the book by Charles Dickens and watched the movies so when I heard about Christina E Pilz s novel Fagin s Boy I knew I just had to read it Fagin s Boy gives us a glimpse into what Oliver Twist s life may have been like after he grew up and most surprising is she takes his life in a direction I didn t expect Fagin s Boy, like Oliver Twist before it, will capture [...]


  • I can t believe this book doesn t have reviews ratings It s good Seriously Freakin Good I haven t read Dickens Oliver Twist, and I m happy to say I didn t need to, because Fagin s Boy stands well as its own novel Ms Pilz had masterfully crafted a cast of characters that you can t help but want to keep reading so you ll know what happens to them All of them are flawed in some way, especially Oliver, whose past and violent temper make living his perfect normal life impossible I also love Jack His [...]


  • This would actually be a 4 1 2 star review, if it was an option Sadly, I have yet to read Dickens Oliver Twist it s on my endless to be read pile , but who hasn t heard the story, or seen the many screen adaptations I have, of course, so I felt I knew the story well enough to read Christine Pilz s Fagin s Boyd I m so glad I did.I have read several of Dickens great works and let me just say that Pilz has masterfully captured his tone in her writing As with Dickens, the reader experiences the palp [...]


  • A preface Oliver Twist was chosen many years ago as the graded reader that my students in first year would read in class For the past four years, my colleague and I have taught the book to our kids, and have created materials, developed reflections, and implemented a 10 week lit circle method for the project, AND after it became obvious how successful and meaningful the lit circles were, then began doing academic presentations about our curriculum So, Oliver Twist and I are pretty tight, and tha [...]


  • Possible Spoilers 3 starsThe author gave us interesting and in depth details to pull us into the period of this book Easily visualized, I could almost smell the overwhelmingly sharp and pungent scents of 1800 s London and see the dusting of coal smut covering the surface of the city At times it was too much, and I found myself skimming over a lot of the descriptions.All of the characters were developed to the extent that they supported the storyline and the main characters were developed insomuc [...]


  • I am of two minds with this one To start with, the author does a brilliant job echoing the prose of Dickens, however I think that was ultimately to her detriment I didn t get a feel for HER, I think She s clearly talented, and I would love to read work of hers that isn t based on Oliver Twist However, it shows she has talent as a writer, which is why it got 2 stars instead of 1 from me.While the writing is good, I feel like the characters were weak, and that is because instead of doing a retelli [...]


  • I Thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Oliver and Jack Dodger When the author asked for arc reviewers, I just had to offer I love period drama s, I love Oliver Twist who does not and I love gritty stories And I am happy to say the author delivered them all The story is well written and I felt as though I was there at Oliver s side We first see Oliver living a good life, and he often turns a blind eye to those who are in the position he was once in Not because he is ashamed and uncaring but becaus [...]


  • At most, 3.5 stars.I found it difficult to pinpoint just why I am not enthused by this novel, a continuation of Dickens classic Oliver Twist with a gay subplot.Maybe it was the length or did it just feel too long Was it the plot or lack of real plot Was it just DULL Was Oliver just awful or just not what I would have imagined him to be at seventeen Was Dodger Jack too much of the cheeky chappy as played in the film of the musical Did the reader have to suspend belief too often Jack returning, fr [...]


  • Fagin s Boy is beautifully written and the author has a gift for making you feel extremely emotionally invested in these characters I desperately wanted Oliver to get his dream life of his own bookshop in the first half of the book, so I felt Oliver s frustration over Jack s intrusions into his well ordered life But I also loved Jack s charm and his persistent pursuit of Oliver Christina E Pilz portrays emotions incredibly honestly and viscerally Oliver s first experience of lust or his PTSD whe [...]


  • I enjoyed this quite a bit 3 1 2 rounded up, party because it was free It s a gay Dodger Oliver sequel to OT, which, much like the Dickens book, continually ruins everything any time it looks like things will go well for poor Oliver It s very long, even if the author isn t being paid by the word Some Americanisms and anachronisms, but overall, quite well done.Note it sets up a lengthy, apparently series, which I hadn t realized, so about 2 3 of the way through I was starting to really wonder how [...]


  • Such a wonderful story The detailed background, the different take on Dicken s story, the compelling writing and the wonderful chemistry between Oliver and Jack all of these make this a book that you won t be able to put down until it s finished.I can t wait to read the second book in this series.


  • First, I have to say book cover porn because it totally matches the story and looks really great.This is a long, slow but surprising book It s very good That s not what s surprising It s the details that come from the original tale that make it so rich and feel so true to both the original book and this one Great job.



  • Christina Pilz resurrects Charles Dickens most beloved boy characters by bringing Oliver Twist back into the company of the Artful Dodger Jack We fall in love with them as they discover their love for each other In a most perilous time, when their love was a hanging offense, they dare to live


  • Source Free copy from Christina E Pilz, Blue Rain Press, and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for a review Summary When Fagin s Boy begins Oliver Twist is 17 His Uncle Brownlow has recently died and the man in charge of Oliver has never liked him from the beginning, the staunch Mr Grimwig Oliver is given an opportunity to work as an apprentice in a haberdashery shop As the story progresses, Oliver is haunted by his early childhood, the poverty, loneliness, and rejection, is a h [...]


  • 3.0 of 5 Nostalgic Yet Drawn Out Return of Oliver, With a Gay Twist.I love Dickens, historicals, and various gay genres, including gay historical romances, and this debut was a nice imagining of what happened to Oliver after the happy ending in Dickens story In this case, it was five years later, and I had a good time revisiting from my childhood the likes of Oliver, the Artful Dodger, and Dickens London in the 1840s.Christina Pilz s strength was in the wonderful depiction of the places, people [...]


  • Christina Pilz s Fagin s Boy is one of the few modern day sequels to a classic novel that I think does justice to the source material Not only does Pilz do a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Dickens language without the paid by the inch aspect but she also engages in the same sort of social satire and social commentary that he does and further extends it.In a nutshell, several years after Fagin was hanged in Newgate, Jack Dawkins, The Artful Dodger, comes barreling back into the life of [...]


  • I was pleasantly surprised to find the book so authentic to Dickens, the Victorian times and the original story and characters Continuation stories of classics are a tricky business but Pilz managed it very well You can recognise the characters and the times of Oliver Twist well enough, but there is enough creativity and thought put into this to make it a very accomplished work in its own right.I have a love and hate relationship with the era, so dark and hopeless at times, yet so full of life a [...]


  • DNF I got to the arrival at the solicitor s office and just couldn t torture myself any further.Not because this isn t an amazing piece of writing, it most definitely is, and, had it been an original work less the very wordy narration from scratch I dare say a 4 or 5 star would have been in the offing.I have often wonder why it is found necessary to build upon someone else s creation In practically every area of art people are doing this Was the original work not good enough to be left alone as [...]


  • I will admit to not having read Oliver Twist but this is so well written that it almost makes me wish I had I felt truly immersed in the setting and time which is something that historicals sometimes struggle to achieve Not this one, you genuinely feel like you re standing next to Oliver in London eating a meat pie It s that fact that takes the book beyond good romance novel and into a just plain good book.This was a sweet romance too From almost the very beginning you sense Oliver s physical re [...]


  • This was a long book, and I feel like it would have been helpful if I was a little familiar with the story of Oliver besides knowing he was an orphan Still it was good It was a slow work up to any intimacy or even friendship between Oliver and Jack Oliver hopes to be living an honest life as worker in a shop and eventually own a book store But his past doesn t want to leave him alone Jack Dawkins keeps arranging run ins between them, and the horrors he suffered in the workhouse haunt him still [...]


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