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The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (Burton Swinburne 2) [Paperback]

Mark Hodder
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1 Sep 2011 Burton Swinburne 2
Mark Hodder's second Burton & Swinburne steampunk adventure, following the acclaimed The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, is filled with eccentric steam-driven technology, grotesque characters, and a deepening mystery. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection--black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. From a haunted mansion to the Bedlam madhouse, from South America to Australia, from séances to a secret labyrinth, Burton struggles with shadowy opponents and his own inner demons. Can the king's agent expose a plot that threatens to rip the British Empire apart, leading to an international conflict the like of which the world has never seen? And what part does the clockwork man have to play?
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906727996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906727994
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ghosts and drummers 7 Feb 2012
the curious case of the clockwork man by mark hodder an alternative steam punk adventure of
burton and swinburne mark hodder demonstrates more wit , imagination and outright humour in this one book than i have read in 100 other steampunk novels involving time travelling president rasputin, medieval ghosts swearing parrot telegraphs, rotorships and the tichborne claimant set in a realistic plotted alternative london in the days of king albert a good read for all of its 461 pages
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read! 2 May 2011
Mark Hodder's take on steampunk in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack was so fresh and entertaining, I couldn't wait to read the sequel. Pretty much in the same vein, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man is another fun read!

Once again, it's not easy to label this book. It is steampunk, no question about it. But much like its predecessor, it is much more than that. There are alternate history/alternate reality elements imbuing every single page of this work. The time-traveling facet brings an unmistakable science fiction touch. If you add to that various fantastical elements, once more you've got yourself an inventive melting pot of speculative fiction staples that should intrigue and satisfy genre readers everywhere.

As expected, Hodder captured the essence of this pseudo-Victorian Age perfectly with its myriad mannerisms and nuances. His colorful narrative once again creates an imagery that brings this tale to life. The dialogues remain witty and engaging, with most of the cast from The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack returning for Act 2.

The characterization remains my favorite aspect of this second installment. Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are well-defined characters, with the latter getting more fleshed out in this sequel. Most of the men and women that comprised the supporting cast in the first volume return and are as endearing a bunch of protagonists as you're likely to find, chief among them Constable William Trounce. New faces are added to the mix, keeping things fresh. Even better, the presence of many historical figures such as Oscar Wilde, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Florence Nightingale, and especially Herbert Spencer, add a little something extra to an already satisfying reading experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Volume 1 24 Jan 2012
The book does indeed race along - 'a real page-turner'. The glimpses of the alternative timelines as they diverged in the mid-19th century are fascianting, and the collection of minor characters are well done. As they are minor, one is never sure as to whether they will make it to the next page, and I kept turning to find out the fate of the various police characters - Trounce, Honesty, Krishnamurthy and Bhatti are all convincingly fleshed-out for minor characters. The 'Folks Wagon' was amusing and the thought of giant centipede carcasses being used for buses is a great one.
The book could have done with some tighter editing - even though the real Burton supposedly died a Catholic, this fictional one and many of the books characters claim that Darwin has killed God, but Burton frequently invokes, and shows a great respect for God in the form of Allah. This may simply be the author playing it safe in the current times, but does stike me as inconsistent. Also, a twelfth century nobleman would not have been hunting foxes - he would in all likelihood have been deer hunting. Minor irritant, but jarring.
If the author continues to improve at the rate he did over the next book, I will eagerly await the next one in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 19 Jan 2012
I read SHJ and went straight into this one and - as other people have said - it is a very entertaining read. Mr H does have a bit of trouble with the middles and it could have been given a damned good editing but overall it is great. Starting to look like a British Steampunk version of Schismatrix with more humour.

There is obviously more to come possible away from 'that London' which is great news.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Clockwork 28 Sep 2011
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'A terrific romp' is the hackneyed phrase so often used for books of this kidney, but it certainly fits the bill here. a marvellous follow-up to The Strange Affair Of Spring-Heeled Jack. The characters are great, and if you like steampunk, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Nonsense!! 9 Feb 2012
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Like the first book in this series, "The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack", this follow-up is a fantastically entertaining read.

Full of all sorts of wonders - giant insects converted into vehicles, visitors from the future, abusive birds, dogs that run in their sleep, and clockwork valets - and real figures from history put in some amazing situations, this book will keep you gripped to the end. The characters, both major and minor, are very well drawn and really draw you into the story: in fact there's a scene where one character, who is introduced in a low key manner but goes on to play a big part in the story, is involved in an attack and I found myself vaguely upset by the outcome .... it's not often a book has this effect on me!!

Highly recommended! The book concludes with a lead onto the next in the series and I, for one, can't wait to read it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining Steam Punk / Alt History 15 July 2014
Excellent follow up to Spring Heeled Jack as the effects of his meddling with history start to kick in,Excellent characters and a body count to rival Midsummer Murders meets Sam Peckinpah. The alternate versions of famous people are very entertaining, such as Lord Palmerston, who comes across like Tony Blair on botox.
I'm currently half way through volume 3 and its shaping up nicely
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Follow Up
This will make much more sense if you've already read the first Burton and Swinburne book as it launches straight into a new adventure with the pair. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and Curiouser!
The first Burton and Swinburne novel, The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, deserves all the kudos already heaped upon it, and this is a worthy successor, blending steampunk,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by K1ngcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I loved Spring Heeled Jack, but I think this was even better and am now starting The expedition to The Mountains of the Moon. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alice Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars totally different
cracking adventure yarn ,fast paced,easy read.
would reccomend to anyone over 12 years of age.
a great looking paperback, that caught my eye
in the first place.
Published 14 months ago by mr john mcgrath
3.0 out of 5 stars Curiously Unbelievable.
Both a wonderful romp and curiously over the top! Rather spoilt by its somewhat excessive length and gory body count. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. N. Tanner
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well then loses its way
Read the first in the series about Spring Heeled Jack and in line with my expectations this started out in much the the same way however about two thirds of the way in it loses... Read more
Published 20 months ago by tony k
5.0 out of 5 stars Burton and Swinburne investigate...
This second book was just as enjoyable for me as the first Burton and Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne) although it didn't have the iconic... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michael Ryan
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
The first book in the series was quite enjoyable - though overlong perhaps - but it was interesting and had some clever ideas and even a laugh out loud moment or 2. Read more
Published on 16 May 2012 by threequarterslifecrisis
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