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  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (24 Dec. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1907777385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907777387
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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"This is an exhilarating romp through a witty combination of 19th century English fact and fiction. Mark Hodder definitely knows his stuff and has given us steam opera at its finest. In this first novel he shows himself to be as clever and inventive a writer as those who enliven his pages. We follow English explorer and eroticist (and King's agent) Sir Richard Francis Burton, poet and Sadean Algernon Charles Swinburne and a cast including Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin, Francis Galton and Isambard Kingdom Brunel (rather different to those known to our Victorian ancestors) as well as the mysterious albino Laurence Oliphant in an adventure involving the very nature of Time itself in a London filled with steam-horses and velopicides where were-wolves prowl the streets and 'Spring-Heeled Jack', star of the Penny Dreadfuls, might provide the key to an ever-deepening mystery. A great, increasingly complex, plot, fine characters and invention that never flags! It gets better and better, offering clues to some of Victorian London's strangest mysteries. This is the best debut novel I have read in ages." -- Michael Moorcock --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mark Hodder is a full-time novelist who lives in Spain. He has worked as an illustrator, a radio scriptwriter, a BBC web producer and journalist and a few other things before finally deciding to be a novelist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Angular Square on 7 Feb. 2011
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This is set in an alternative 1860's,following explorer Richard Burton's investigations into Spring-Heeled Jack a strange leaping apparition.This book employs many'steampunk'conventions like advanced retro technology,real historical figures,and some variation of the classic vampire zombie werewolf monster.Spring-Heeled Jack,however is a genuine Victorian urban myth.Mass hysteria or not,this bouncing,blue lighted sex-pest remains one of the most intriguing, bizzare mysteries out there.

Without spoiling the reveal,Hodder uses Jack to provide a logical justification for some of the more advanced science in his world.He has skillfully woven documented Jack encounters into his plotting and this is the most satisfactory part of this work.However,it is about 200 pages too long and this story,although well-constructed and logical does not exite.I wanted it to be just a bit more surprising,clever or funny than it actually was.

Entertaining enough and rekindled my interest in the real SHJ.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By KJ Charles on 9 Mar. 2011
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This book has a terrific central idea, some excellent time-travel shenanigans worthy of Tim Powers, some genius takes on Victoriana, and some great description and action sequences. Unfortunately it's let down by some really poor writing which really should have been dealt with at the editorial stage. In stylistic terms this is stuff like an English character referring to 'Sir Richard Burton' as 'Sir Burton' rather than 'Sir Richard'; the repeated use of 'the famous explorer' as a synonym for the central character (as in "The famous explorer punched the werewolf in the face". Then the subplot of his relationship was almost completely pointless and should have been cut or expanded, Book 1 just rambled in the middle section, and the way the massive exposition sequence is conveniently overheard by the hero is almost criminally clunky.

This isn't just nitpicking: it really dented my enjoyment of the book. I finished it, but it wouldn't have bothered me much if I'd stopped half way. Hodder can create a good story and has excellent ideas but he needs to do a lot more work with his editor to bring out his full potential.
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Victorian London is stalked by a mad-eyed leaping sex-pest/assassin and a gang of vicious "loup-garous" intent on abducting the capital's chimney sweeps. Who better to divine their nefarious intentions and solve these apparently unconnected mysteries than the unconventional explorer and adventurer, Sir Richard Francis Burton and his trusty sidekick, poet and libertine Algernon Swinburne.

Take a covey of well-known Victorian (well, sort of Victorian) personalities, drop them into an alternate history, add a goodly dose of steampunk, a thick London pea-souper and some exploding werewolves and shake well. Spring-Heeled Jack is, on the face of it, a great idea. No... it's a wonderful idea! Admittedly it reads a bit like a Sherlock Holmes pastiche in places and this may offend the more hardline Holmes & Watson Taliban. But, if you accept this, it is certainly exciting, fun, suspenseful and not without a gentle undercurrent of wit. It's packed full of adventure and it doesn't let up for a moment.

Neither is it without its flaws, however. Another reviewer has suggested that Hodder had a headfull of great ideas and fully intended cramming them all into this one novel. I can't disagree that it is a little //too// packed with steampunk inventions, historical exposition and background (at least in the first half). I felt that that Hodder would have done well to park some of these ideas for subsequent episodes (there are two;
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A steampunk extravaganza set in an alternate Victorian England where Queen Victoria was actually killed in the 1840 assassination attempt and Prince Albert now rules as regent. Much like Scott Westefeld's Leviathan series, technological creations compete scientifically with the genetic enhancement of creatures and new species. And Sir Richard Francis Burton, the great explorer, is asked by the Crown to investigate a series of strange assaults which witnesses report were carried out by the legendary Spring Heeled Jack.

I really, really like the steampunk genre; there's something about the mix of alternate history and strange steam powered inventions that I find really appealing. And yet, I found it really difficult to engage with this book despite my love for the genre as a whole.

This is Hodder's first novel and there are certainly some good ideas in his book. It's a more than a little unfortunate that Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy makes Hodder's Eugenics/Technologists divide seem slightly unoriginal, but the overall feeling I got from the book was that there were too many good ideas crammed into its 500 pages. As an example, instead of just one famous Victorian scientist featuring as a main character we seem to have every one the author could think of. I also struggled to like any of the main characters and although I realise that Victorian women were not generally encouraged to live a life of adventure it would have been nice to have one main female character.

So, overall, a just about ok read for me. I would guardedly recommend this book if you are already a fan of steampunk novels but otherwise I would recommend other steampunk novels like Tim Powers'
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