Waiting on Wednesday: The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne) is a steampunk novel being released in North America on August 24th. From Publisher's Weekly the description of this book reads:

A historical figure already larger than life, Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton, pursues a legendary and violent Victorian creature, Spring Heeled Jack, at the behest of the prime minister in this convincingly researched debut. Fans of steampunk will be intrigued by the alternate history setting, in which the queen dies mid-century; they will also enjoy following Burton and his sidekick, poet Algernon Swinburne, as they investigate the dark secrets of 19th-century England and recall Burton's legendary expedition to find the source of the Nile. Burton is an intriguing character, but the story might have benefited by more than token appearances of his intrepid fiancée, Isabel Arundell, and better integration of the fantastical elements--werewolves, time travelers--into the narrative before a wild ending that pulls everything together.


bermudaonion on August 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM said...

I hope you don't have to wait too long for this book.

Staci on August 18, 2010 at 12:49 PM said...

I'm new to the whole steampunk genre but the cover is awesome!


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