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The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton and Swinburne Series #1)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Curious Case of Spring Heeled Jack is a fun read, very well

The Curious Case of Spring Heeled Jack is a fun read, very well written and researched. Not knowing the Spring Heeled Jack legend I was completely confused at the beginning of the book, but Mr. Hodder does a great job of stringing the reader along until things start to...
The Curious Case of Spring Heeled Jack is a fun read, very well written and researched. Not knowing the Spring Heeled Jack legend I was completely confused at the beginning of the book, but Mr. Hodder does a great job of stringing the reader along until things start to become clear. The author does a masterful job of weaving the events in such a way to make them seem confused and random until nearly 3/4 of the way through the book, at which point he begins to let the story unravel and ties up all the loose ends, well almost all of them, he has to leave room for sequels. Overall a well written and very enjoyable mystery novel.

posted by UncleHammy on July 8, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not Everyone is Gonna Like It The premise of this title is an i

Not Everyone is Gonna Like It

The premise of this title is an interesting one: Sir Burton is hired by Buckingham Palace to investigate the mysterious figure, Spring Heeled Jack who's actually a time-traveler that messed up big time which caused Victorian England to bec...
Not Everyone is Gonna Like It

The premise of this title is an interesting one: Sir Burton is hired by Buckingham Palace to investigate the mysterious figure, Spring Heeled Jack who's actually a time-traveler that messed up big time which caused Victorian England to become steampunk England. The highlight for me was the tragic character of Spring Heeled Jack and his journey through time and all the fascinating paradoxes that comes with time travel. Everything else was a bit lack luster. The author goes into overkill detail of each invention or London's layout. This book will appeal to die hard fans of Steampunk fiction.

posted by J3v0n on April 14, 2012

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    Not a big fan

    Not a big fan

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

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    I was disappointed with this. The premise and the characters so

    I was disappointed with this. The premise and the characters sounded interesting, but the story couldn't seem to live up to expectations. I do like the characterization of Richard F. Burton, and I could see how he might grow on a reader as a lead in a series. And although Swineburne, as a Libertine and follower of de Sade, may have been intended as the more interesting character, I found him tiring and, surprisingly, flat. It is an imaginative story, and I did develop some sympathy for the title character, but this one just didn't do it for me. I am a fan of historical science fiction and time travel, and expected to really enjoy this, but I can't strongly recommend it. Maybe I'm just still too much in love with Felix Palma's superb The Map of Time and am (unfairly) comparing everything else to it.

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