The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

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Snowbooks Limited, 2011 - Fiction - 460 pages
What if Time presented Charles Darwin with a different set of opportunities? What if he became a super-criminal? Florence Nightingale a rogue surgeon? Isambard Kingdom Brunel a living corpse in a massive mechanized steam-driven body? It is 1861, and Albertian Britain is in the grip of conflicting forces. Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labour; Libertines oppose restrictive and unjust laws and flood the country with propaganda demanding a society based on beauty and creativity; while The Rakes push the boundaries of human behaviour to the limits with magic, sexuality, drugs and anarchy. Returning from his failed expedition to find the source of the Nile, explorer, linguist, scholar and swordsman Sir Richard Francis Burton finds himself sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, employs him as King's Spy.

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In this second installment of Pythonesque weirdness from Mark Hodder, in which a reimagined Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Swinburne protect the British Empire from threats based both on the ... Read full review

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Steampunk is as a genre occasionally intriguing but often slides into nothing more than a dressing up as Victorians game... this was a little too much of the latter Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Mark Hodder is a full-time novelist who lives in Spain. He has worked as an illustrator, a radio scriptwriter, a BBC web producer and journalist and a few other things before finally deciding to be a novelist.

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