The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Strider66 - LibraryThing
Pros: excellent worldbuilding, deftly woven alternate history, fun characters Cons: lot of explanations of steampunk vehicles, antagonist gives an expository speech, albino antagonist A major ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Shrike58 - LibraryThing
I'm still processing what I think about this gonzo approach to the steam-punk/Victoriana shtick, on the whole I like it but the story takes awhile to get in gear as Hodder creates his reality from the ... Read full review