Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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

A lot of recent outings in steampunk/gaslight adventure that I have encountered have been little anemic in their composition as opposed to some classic examples from Tim Powers and Kim Newman. In the tradition of these two authors is Mark Hodder’s debut, a brainy adventure that exists in a copiously realized world with an internal logic and characters and runs that gamut between ridiculous and sublime. The central conceit of the story is at its heart rather sinister and dark which adds some weight to this ripping yarn.

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