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Spring-Heeled Jack Reimagined In Steampunk World
on 7 February 2011
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.