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The Return of the Discontinued Man
by Mark Hodder


Overview - Explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton and poet Algernon Swinburne return in a new series of wildly imaginative steampunk adventures.
SPRING HEELED JACK IS JUMPING BACK
It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment.
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Overview
Explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton and poet Algernon Swinburne return in a new series of wildly imaginative steampunk adventures.
SPRING HEELED JACK IS JUMPING BACK
It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton
Spring Heeled Jack isn't alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he's experiencing one hallucination after another--visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about ... what?
When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined--a voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616149055
  • ISBN-10: 1616149051
  • Publisher: Pyr
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 367
  • Dimensions: 8.35 x 5.52 x 1.02 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.73 pounds

Series: Burton & Swinburne Adventures

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Books > Fiction > Science Fiction - Steampunk
Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Historical
Books > Fiction > Science Fiction - Time Travel

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-05-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hodder’s fifth Burton and Swinburne adventure (after The Secret of Abdu El-Yezdi) careens through a series of intentionally baffling false starts before soaring into a time-travelling expedition of increasingly hellish dystopias. British anthropologist and explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton and endearingly debauched poet Algernon Swinburne explore a wittily fashioned alternate Victorian era. Burton is alarmed when his laudanum-like tincture sends him careening through numerous manifestations of a single recurrent moment, and soon he realizes that Edward Oxford, the tragically mad intellectual, is not dead. The companions embark on a journey aboard a hovercraft with a prickly personality towards the moment in the future when Oxford first realized he could alter history. Readers persistent enough to make their way through the bewildering opening will be riveted by Hodder’s ingenious reinventing of both history and recent present, while quailing at what that reimagining does to the future. (July)

 
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