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The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder
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Aug 29, 2011

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I vacillated between three and four stars on this one. Mr. Hodder gets the mood right and the story kept my attention but I have a couple problems. First, and this is a good problem for a novel to have, is that it isn't long enough. Events move along a bit too quickly and the climax arrives before the plot is ripe. The other problem I have is that Mr. Hodder is ratcheting up the weird bio-science a bit much for my tastes. Avoiding spoilers the best I can, the first novel introduced a plot element that caused future scientific and technological ideas to be introduced to 1840s England. The ramifications of that plot event, as described in the novel's 1863 setting, seem extreme even given the fantastical premise of the novel.

Overall, the writing style is entertaining though the characterizations were a bit thin, likely a result of the general brevity of the scenes. I think Mr. Hodder has a good style and an interesting setting but I'm afraid it seems poised to go off the rails, so to speak, in future installments.

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message 1: by Beth (new)

Beth Wouldn't half stars be so nice on this site?

message 2: by Ken (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ken Very much agreed!

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