The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
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The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack is outrageous and uproarious fun. If you have not already done so, you should buy a copy and read it immediately. Congratulations to Mark Hodder for winning the 2011 Philip K. Dick Award for the best original science fiction paperback published in the US during 2010.
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London, 1861. 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! 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!
 

About Mark Hodder

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Mark Hodder is the author of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack-nominated for the PhilipK. Dick Award 2010-and its sequel, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. He's the creator and caretaker of the Blakiana website (http://www.sextonblake.co.uk), which he designed to celebrate, record, and revive Sexton Blake, the most written-about fictional detective in English publishing history. A former BBC writer, editor, journalist, and Web producer, Mark has worked in all the new and traditional medias and was based in London for most of his working life until 2008, when he relocated to Valencia in Spain to de-stress and write novels. He has a degree in cultural studies and loves British history (1850 to 1950, in particular), good food, cutting-edge gadgets, cult TV (ITC forever!), Tom Waits, and a vast assortment of oddities.
 
Published September 15, 2010 by Pyr. 376 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Mar 05 2011

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack is outrageous and uproarious fun. If you have not already done so, you should buy a copy and read it immediately. Congratulations to Mark Hodder for winning the 2011 Philip K. Dick Award for the best original science fiction paperback published in the US during 2010.

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