The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

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Hodder’s clever and complex steampunk reimagining of 19th century London has it all. Sir Richard Francis Burton and his diminutive side-kick poet Algernon Swindburne take on villainous Technologists with visions of bigger and better machines, Eugenicists who have plans to develop weird modified animals, and Rakes in hedonistic defiance of all social propriety. Charles Darwin, Florence Nightingale, Charles Babbage and Isambard Brunel all make appearances. In the middle of this exhilarating romp a strange red eyed apparition wearing spring-loaded boots and crackling with blue-flamed electricity—the legendary Spring Heeled Jack—is on a mission to erase a stain on his family’s history.  Eccentric, tongue-firmly-in-cheek, fast paced and most light hearted, this is a terrific page turner. Check our Catalog.

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