Burton and Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, Hardback

Burton and Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack Hardback

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781906727505



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Wanting to try something new, a colleague of mine recommended this book, defining it as steampunk. First time reading that type of book, and I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. The amount of steampunk in the book isn't that great, and I found myself struggling with 2/3 of the book. At that point things became interesting, but struggling through the first 2/3 was a nightmare. I enjoyed the last part, more interested in the story of Spring-Heeled Jack, rather than Sir Richard Burton.All in all, a well written book, but for a fantasy-person such as me, simply not interesting enough.

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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 liberal actions.Into this world comes Richard Francis Burton, explorer, linguist, scholar and swordsman. He's employed by the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston as King's Spy, to investigate Spring Heeled Jack, and he gets caught up in a lot of strange going's on.It wasn't a bad read but it didn't leave me wanting more. Oh and really, Oscar Wilde as a paper-boy, not very probable at all, there was no real reason for that.Burton is an interesting character but there were times when some of the interjections felt like they were there to be clever about the characters and their actual history rather than important to the story.