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Better than Volume 1,
This review is from: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (Burton Swinburne 2) (Paperback)
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.