The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack – Mark Hodder Review

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The Burton and Swinburne Novels #1.

I have to start by saying that I am already a little biased with this book, because it contains, among its cast of characters, Algernon Swinburne, a poet I adore. But yes, I do love this. A steampunky adventure featuring some of the oddest and most hilarious figures of the time.

Not to mention the new interpretation of the causes of the Spring Heeled Jack mystery. Mark Hodder gives these figures an odd sort of life, keeping to their fundamental personalities in most cases but accentuating them, turning them into what are almost odd little charicatures of themselves.

Each chapter begins with quotes, some from the book’s characters. And at the very end? A description of what those characters ACTUALLY did with their lives.

This is the sort of steampunk that I can’t help but love. Well-researched, twisting history rather than making it up from scratch. And it’s FUN. With those incredible one-liners and watching figures I recognise get caught up in this incredible mystery, there was no way I wasn’t going to love it. Mark Hodder writes skillfully, and writes like someone I’d love to sit down and talk to. I recommend these books A LOT to people I know that might enjoy them, and for good reason.

-K Hart

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