The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
Sir Richard Francis Burton--explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead.Algernon Charles Swinburne--unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade; for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin!They stand at... show more
Sir Richard Francis Burton--explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead.Algernon Charles Swinburne--unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade; for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin!They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces: Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier, and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labor; Libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity; while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic, drugs, and anarchy.The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack, and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.Their investigations lead them to one of the defining events of the age, and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn t exist at all!
Publish date: September 7th 2010
Pages no: 371
Edition language: English
Series: Burton & Swinburne (#1)
Not bad but it felt like the author was trying too hard to be clever.In an Albertian rather than Victorian England Engineers make noisy technology; Eugenicists develop animals for particular purposes; Libertines oppose rigidity and support creativity while the Rakes try to outdo each other in libera...
By all accounts I should have enjoyed this. It was fairly intriguing, but the writing and most of all the dialogue was hard to follow. Nothing seemed to happen within the first few chapters, except someone was shot and someone else was quite saddened by the event. Alternative history with steampunk ...
It's in the pile http://www.goodreads.com/photo/user/1084698-jana?photo=804461Review to come ...eventually.
Esta es una novela fascinante que abrió mi perspectiva a un sinnúmero de posibilidades literarias. Está escrita en la tradición del Steampunk clásico... pero con un giro potente que agrega al relato una característica más "convincente" (entendiendo el concepto dentro del contexto propio de la obra)....
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