Burton & Swinburne in The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. Mark Hodder.

Burton & Swinburne in The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

Pyr (Prometheus Books):
Amherst: 2011
First edition, TPBO, Trade paperback, Fine,
358 pp.
Cover artwork by: Jon Sullivan

Steamopunk! This Hodder guy is swell. I read his first effort, THE CURIOUS CASE OF SPRINGHEELED JACK with glee. “Time has been altered, and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the king’s agent, is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection—black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he’s the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate. Monstrous, bloated, and monosyllabic, he’s not the aristocratic Sir Roger Tichborne known to everyone, yet the working classes come out in force to support him. They are soon rioting through the streets of London, as mysterious steam wraiths incite all-out class warfare.” #45717

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