The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart #1)

The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart #1)
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12+
Release Date
May 12, 1987
ISBN
0394895894
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Sally is sixteen and uncommonly pretty. Her knowledge of English literature, French, history, art and music is non-existent, but she has a thorough grounding in military tactics, can run a business, ride like a Cossack and shoot straight with a pistol.

When her dear father is drowned in suspicious circumstances in the South China Sea, Sally is left to fend for herself, an orphan and alone in the smoky fog of Victorian London. Though she doesn't know it, Sally is already in terrible danger. Soon the mystery and the danger will deepen - and at the rotten heart of it all lies the deadly secret of the ruby in the smoke...

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3 reviews
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3.2
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Difficult to decipher...
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3.0
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I thought that this book had a great plot, with the idea of some excellent characters. But the writing style destroyed these amazing thoughts, so they could not be appreciated to their full extent.

The words that were used seemed so genuine and complicated that in some parts it was impossible to understand. The words all seemed to be exactly what English people would say in that period of time. I think that Philip Pullman should of laid off all the fancy words, so that some younger kids could actually make sense of what was happening. Though he should keep some of those words, otherwise it would seem super unrealistic.

I thought that this book would of had a touch of fantasy throughout this book, but instead the author was probably trying to be more realistic, and made it a Victorian age mystery. This was an excellent idea, and it's good that he wrote this book, as his novels would be more of a range of genre, instead of being focused on the one.

I thought that the writing style of the book, how Sally was the main character, but in between parts, there would be a new paragraph focused on a completely different character, in a completely different area. Sometimes this was a very creative idea, but other times it was hard to follow the storyline or what was happening at that point in time. Also because of these, it made Sally look like she was not the main character. I think this problem could be fixed by extending each section, and place them in different chapters.

This was a pretty good book in all, and I think that mystery lovers would fall in love with this book.
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harder to read then most
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Reader reviewed by Dancerdork

I chose this book out because Phillip Pullman, the author of "His Dark Materials" series, wrote it and very satisfied with his former work thought i would like some of his new writings. I was shocked to find that i wasnt in love with Sally, the main charachter of the Sally Lockhart series, .as i was with Lyra the main character of "His Dark Materials" altho quite advetous the idea of an old women with no special powers of her own being the big bad antagonist. i would recomend it only to someone who wasnt expecting somthing huge enough to become a movie

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A Different Side of Pullman
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Reader reviewed by Beth

Having read the His Dark Materials trilogy, I was expecting a touch of fantasy in this book. What I got, however, was a hearty dose of mystery. This tells the beginning of Sally Lockhart's story. Pullman's writing is as beautiful as ever, and the characters are well-developed. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially mystery lovers.
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