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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (Burton & Swinburne Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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...
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.
Excellent characters, great inventiveness, continually gripping.