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The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (Burton & Swinburne Book 2) by [Hodder, Mark]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00681UYLU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bismillah! I was hoping this series would grow into itself, and it certainly has. Book two, and I'm hooked. Another plot which on the surface includes temporal manipulation, this time throwing a sort of weaponised spiritualism and class warfare into the mix along with the mandatory grave threats to His Majesty's Empire. With the altered Steampunk world of yesteryear established in the first volume, the author allows the cast of secondary characters to step up throughout the novel (sidelining the famous explorer Richard Burton for a time), and has enormous fun with them in the process (Inspector Honesty of the Yard naming garden shrubs as he lays waste to uncanny opponents particularly tickled me). There are also some Grand Guignol flourishes that I particularly appreciated.

Hodder has done something quite remarkable here. Having stitched together an exceptionally unlikely, often utterly absurd, Victorian landscape in the previous book, here he allows it to take gusty breaths of its own. To my surprise the result is self-sustaining and capable of supporting pleasingly complex ideas. While the central thrust of this book is straightforward, it's a thematically layered thing, ruminating on destiny, class, hypocrisy, and much more as it rattles along. Despite scenarios and set-pieces which verge on the Pythonesque the characters never wink, and the fact that they take the upturning of their fortunes so seriously allowed me to as well. By turns bright and dark, comic and po-faced, this unlikely fusion of influences is a rollicking, bravura performance. Roll on volume three...
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When I bought this book, I had high hopes, having read the reviews for it in its printed form.
I so wanted to enjoy it.
All I can say is, I don't think those reviews can have been for the same book.

I found it a slow, confusing mess of poor characterisation and 'happy' coincidences to help the story along or to resolve plot problems.
Burton & Swimburne are obviously loosely modelled on Holmes & Watson, but I found neither character likeable. There are also dozens of characters briefly introduced, whom we are supposedly to care about when they later may meet a sticky end (or not - no plot spoilers from me!). I certainly didn't care about these characters. Nor did I even remember most of them from the earlier pages.

I found it a little like reading the novelisation of a low-budget 'B' movie.
The ending came just at the right moment - any longer, and I fear I would have given up on it. And I hardly ever give up on a book once I've started!

I have to add, though, that I haven't read the first Burton & Swimburne novel - 'The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack'. It's possible that many of the characters were first introduced there. But I doubt if it would have aided my enjoyment of this book.

Save your money.
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I found this book an excellent continuation of the story and characters introduced in "Springheeled Jack".

Excellent characters, great inventiveness, continually gripping.
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It's not nearly as good as 'Mysterious Milton Keynes' (which is the best book I've ever read). Imaginative but a bit OTT, and very difficult to follow the plot
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, intriguing and enthraling 19 Feb. 2014
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A fantastic read, complex rather than complicated, very entertaining and requires concentration not to miss any of the plot as it unfolds deliciously slowly.
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