The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

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Prometheus Books, Publishers, 2011 - Fiction - 359 pages
26 Reviews
Mark Hodder's second Burton & Swinburne steampunk adventure, following the acclaimed The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, is filled with eccentric steam-driven technology, grotesque characters, and a deepening mystery. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection-black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. From a haunted mansion to the Bedlam madhouse, from South America to Australia, from séances to a secret labyrinth, Burton struggles with shadowy opponents and his own inner demons. Can the king's agent expose a plot that threatens to rip the British Empire apart, leading to an international conflict the like of which the world has never seen? And what part does the clockwork man have to play?

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Review: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (Burton & Swinburne #2)

User Review  - Tim Hicks - Goodreads

Not bad. I don't think I've read volume 1, but it's hard to be sure because a lot of authors are using the "Spring-heeled Jack" idea. Not a problem. This fantasy is laid atop real events, and since we ... Read full review

Review: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (Burton & Swinburne #2)

User Review  - CÚcile C. - Goodreads

Good fun! Utter nonsense! Robots, lizard-men, zombies! (of course zombies. What did you expect?) Time travel! Stuff! Possibly better-written than the first volume, although I still think the hero is ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

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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