The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne #1)
Sir Richard Francis Burton—explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead.
Algernon Charles Swinburne—unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade; for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin!
They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an e...more
Set in 1861 in an
I loved the inclusion of so many personalities of the time, such as Charles D...more
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack is a madcap, whimsical tale of epic proportions centering around actual historical figures who lived during the Victorian period. Specifically the explorer/anthropologist Sir Richard Francis Burton and his very own Watson - the unabashed Marqui...more
I read The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack on the recommendation of a friend who is into steampunk and "bizarro world" novels. So far I've taken a pass on the bizarro world genre, but I do read some steampunk. My preference in steampunk novels is with those that teach us about human nature and the alternate timeline that branched off to become our own; I'm thinking particularly about China Miéville and his Perdido Street Station, or Dexter Palmer's The Dream of Perp...more
Rather than a plucky young heroine or hero engaged in a wild steampunk ride, our protagonist is none other than Sir...more
Edit: Sometimes, even years later, I'll start thinking about a book that I read previously and find myself wondering at the self that gave such a low rating.
so in retrospect, I'm adjusting my rating a bit higher because I did like the story...even though it dragged in places.
A historical figure already larger than life, Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton, pursues a legendary and violent Victorian creature, Spring Heeled Jack, at the behest of the prime minister in this convincingly researched debut. Fans of steampunk will be intrigued by the alternate history setting, in which the queen dies mid-century; they will also enjoy following Burton and his sidekick, poet Algernon Swinburne, as they investigate the dark secrets of 19th-century England
Then Burton takes a ride on London's pneumatic train and talks to a bioengineered messenger parakeet. So, not so legitimate.
Turns out somebody assassinated Queen Victoria in 1840, scientific a...more
In this entertaining alternate history novel (I guess you could call it Steampunk given the heavy Victoriana clockwork technology inv...more
Take a covey of well-known Victorian (well, sort of Victorian) personalities, drop them into an alternate hist...more
I love this book. I love this book not because of its perfect pacing, its bizarre-yet-intriguing characters, its many nods to history, or that I appear to be stuck in a Victorian steampunk/sci-fi rut(I read this series and the first two books of Gail Carriger's "Parasol Protectorat...more
Promising start, irritating and disappointing everything else. I like steampunk, I like alternate history, I like historicals featuring famous people. This had all of the above going for it . . . and proceeded to make them all deeply obnoxious. This doesn't just feature Sir Richard Burton (the explorer, Jim, not the actor), it scrapes up every godforsaken contemporary of his and shoe...more
Can't put my finger on it, but Hodder's Steampunkian visions are slightly different than other authors of that genre, in the same way that Cherie Priest is a little different from Devon Monk who's a little different from George Mann - each of whom I'll gladly read whenver they have anything new out. I think it's a case of gr...more
This is the steampunk novel I have read, and I am not the best audience. I don't care about the gadgetry, and the gadgetry seems to be much of the attraction here. On the other hand, I am a sucker for time travel sto...more
That being said, this book suffers what most time travel books to, especially when one goes from the viewpoint of one...more
Ok, they're gone. So the book is about Sir Richard Francis Burton, who is asked by the Prime Minister to look into some strange happenings in London. It becomes apparent that we're dealing with an alternate Victorian peri...more
Pretty much the same here. I considered giving the book 3 stars. I just couldn't justify going that high when by the end of the book I'd lost interest, didn't care much about the characters and was fairly glad to see it end....more
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Mark Hodder is the creator and caretaker of the Blakiana: The Sexton Blake Resource web site, which he designed to celebrate, record, and revive Sexton Blake, the most written about fictional detective in English publishing history.
A former BBC writer, editor, journalist, and Web producer, Mark has worked in all the new and traditional medias and was based...more