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The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne)

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London, 1861. Sir Richard Francis Burton - explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead. Algernon Charles Swinburne - unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade, for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin! Their investigations lead them to one of the defining events of the age, and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn't exist at all!

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"A historical figure already larger than life, Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton, pursues a legendary and violent Victorian creature, Spring Heeled Jack, at the behest of the prime minister in this convincingly researched debut. Fans of steampunk will be intrigued by the alternate history setting, in which the queen dies mid-century; they will also enjoy following Burton and his sidekick, poet Algernon Swinburne, as they investigate the dark secrets of 19th-century England and recall Burton's legendary expedition to find the source of the Nile. Burton is an intriguing character, but the story might have benefited by more than token appearances of his intrepid fiancée, Isabel Arundell, and better integration of the fantastical elements--werewolves, time travelers--into the narrative before a wild ending that pulls everything together. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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When one man changes history, history changes everyone. London, 1861. Burton and Swinburne stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces.

About the Author

Mark Hodder is the author of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack-winner of the Philip K. Dick Award 2010-and its sequel, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. He's the creator and caretaker of the Blakiana website (http://www.sextonblake.co.uk), which he designed to celebrate, record, and revive Sexton Blake, the most written-about fictional detective in English publishing history. A former BBC writer, editor, journalist, and Web producer, Mark has worked in all the new and traditional medias and was based in London for most of his working life until 2008, when he relocated to Valencia in Spain to de-stress and write novels. He has a degree in cultural studies and loves British history (1850 to 1950, in particular), good food, cutting-edge gadgets, cult TV (ITC forever!), Tom Waits, and a vast assortment of oddities.

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JKD, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by JKD)
Great book love the mind screw with the time travel aspect
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ISBN:
9781616142407
Author:
Hodder, Mark
Publisher:
Pyr
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Burton & Swinburne
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
373
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8.92x6.10x1.05 in. .97 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A historical figure already larger than life, Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton, pursues a legendary and violent Victorian creature, Spring Heeled Jack, at the behest of the prime minister in this convincingly researched debut. Fans of steampunk will be intrigued by the alternate history setting, in which the queen dies mid-century; they will also enjoy following Burton and his sidekick, poet Algernon Swinburne, as they investigate the dark secrets of 19th-century England and recall Burton's legendary expedition to find the source of the Nile. Burton is an intriguing character, but the story might have benefited by more than token appearances of his intrepid fiancée, Isabel Arundell, and better integration of the fantastical elements--werewolves, time travelers--into the narrative before a wild ending that pulls everything together. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , When one man changes history, history changes everyone. London, 1861. Burton and Swinburne stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces.
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