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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Charlatan's Boy

The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers will definitely rank high on my bookshelf hierarchy. It contains the story of a he-feechie that pretends to be—a feechie to put on shows and make money with “Perfesser Floyd”. Grady is an orphaned feechie that doesn’t know who he is, and the story from the perfesser changes weekly. But he does know he’s uglier than most, and likes to do the feechie act. He also knows that the “perfesser” isn’t much to love, but as he puts it: You have to love someone.

The finding out of who Grady was in The Charlatan’s Boy added a fun dimension to the story even if it was reasonably predictable.  Sometimes as a reviewer you  say characters live and breath. This time they hooted and “Ollie Ollie Ollie-ed” with their feechie war cry while wheeling and dealing the crowds.  Something that Mr. Rogers did in this books far better than most writers would have, was his character voice. Not once was I left in a lurch at how they talked after an unexpected vernacular choice. The character voices stayed constant and always just what they really would have said.

The writing quality was excellent and I have no complaints that way. The book moved along at a reasonable pace without pulling you along, but I wouldn’t have minded a faster paced read. One of my only bones to pick with the book is the ending! I didn’t get a good feeling of closure. Sure—I mean there is going to be another book, but the reader deserves a satisfying ending. I felt like it was almost rushed, still at least we had a partial conclusion.

All in all, would I recommend this book? Definitely!

Check out the first chapter here. 
Find it at Deepershopping here.
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I recieved this book for free from Waterbrook Publishing and this is my own opinion.


Jake said...

I had much the same thoughts. :) Great review!

Star-Dreamer said...

I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK! I've wanted to read it since I read a sample on line. It hooked me right away. Now if only I can get my hands on a copy... :) must save for it first...

whisper said...

Like Star-Dreamer, I've been meaning to read this for a while. :) I'm not sure I'm interested enough yet to want to buy a copy, but mayhap when I have spare time I'll read the online first chapter and see if it changes my mind. Never read anything of Jonathan Rogers before, but everyone keeps talking fondly about feechies... >_>