Burton seems to be a little less dark, and Swinburne is just as enchantingly perverted as before, with added sarcasm. This story revolves around black diamonds known as the Eyes of Naga, and the Victorian scammer known as the Tichbourne Claimant. The clockwork man of the title is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square and is pivotal to the story. This book also sees the return of police officers Trounce, Honesty and Krishnamurthy from the first novel. A couple of new permanent characters have been added.
It is obvious that this series is heading somewhere, rather than just being open ended adventures for Burton and Swinburne.
However, I would recommend reading the first book before progressing to this one. As I said, it is obvious that this is a series with intentions and you may miss something if you skip the first novel. Jan 31, Jasmine rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think mostly because it's awesomeness makes me want to jump up and down and force it on people on the street. Of course I cannot do that because they need to read the spring heeled jack book first, otherwise I swear I did in fact even mail the spring heeled jack one to my ex-boyfriend a new copy since I sent mine to joel because from past experience I know if I mail him the first of a series he will buy and read the rest of the s this book is being given five stars for no apparent reason.
I did in fact even mail the spring heeled jack one to my ex-boyfriend a new copy since I sent mine to joel because from past experience I know if I mail him the first of a series he will buy and read the rest of the series I did this with the reality dysfunction and way of shadows. Then I will have someone to talk to about it. I mean did you know the UK almost joined the confederate side during the civil war? Again this mixes paranormal and steampunk, and there are even "dead rakes walking about in the strand" which you will have to read the book to figure out what that is about.
I mean come on people rasputin even decided to show up for the party view spoiler [ and nietzsche is about to become the german chancellor hide spoiler ] what the fuck are you waiting for? Aug 29, Gary rated it liked it. The second of the Burton and Swinburne adventures and although some of the elements of the first book that were so funny and original are now not original they are still funny and the pace of the plot is fast enough to keep you hooked. It's a series you definitely want to start at the beginning I think in order to get the full enjoyment from the characters but it remains to be seen whether Hodder can pull it off in the third book, which I believe is already out.
Unlike Christopher Fowler's 'Brya The second of the Burton and Swinburne adventures and although some of the elements of the first book that were so funny and original are now not original they are still funny and the pace of the plot is fast enough to keep you hooked.
Jan 23, Jimm Wetherbee rated it liked it. If you think you know what class warfare is, think again. A bit of perspective, let us take a look at that sensation of Victorian England, The Tichborne Affair. Roger Tichborne was the son of the baron, Sir James Tichborne, and heir to the estate. Roger was lost at sea in and presumed dead, save that his mother would not accept this.
In after Sir James' death Arthur Orton, a bankrupt butcher from Australia, came forward to claim the title. Never mind that Orton barely resembled Roge If you think you know what class warfare is, think again. Never mind that Orton barely resembled Roger Tichborne or knew precious little of what one one expect Roger to know, the mother accepted him. Upon her death, Orton sued to be recognized as Roger and lost and then in turn was sued for fraud and perjury and again lost.
It was the most expensive set of trials to date and held that title for over a century. To top the expense is that the facts of the case seemed to be of little import to the public at large. The aristocracy would not believe that one of their own would ever sink to being a common butcher, and the working class saw the upper crust betraying one of their own simply because he had found an honest way to survive. Convictions were set in stone and facts be damned. A near riot ensued upon the conclusion of the second trial as it seemed the mob would attempt to rescue Orton from prison. If you will recall from The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, what we would call the Victorian period has been dashed when a certain historian from the future intervened to foil a failed assassination attempt on the Queen and failed beyond his wildest nightmares with the death of Victoria.
To compound matters, he planted the seeds for technology to run amok and for the development of social norms to spin wildly out of hand. Although the historian is now dead and gone, he is still causing trouble. Not only is technology galloping at a laissez-faire pace but the very technology Spring Heeled Jack introduced is causing rifts in time. It seems that Sir James' father brought back from South America and hid under his estate a fragment of what Burton knows to be the Eyes of Naga.
Never heard of the Eyes of Naga? Well they are the stuff of myth and legend and won't be unearthed from the Tichborne estate until sometime later this century—in this timeline. Jack, however, used these precious stones to power and control his time machine. His fragment is now in the world Burton and Swinburne currently find themselves in interacting with fragments across the world. The stones seems to have telekinetic powers and allow the past and future to interfere with each other.
This all makes life more difficult for Burton and Swinburne but far easier for Hodder, to the point where one might feel he is cheating. Things are harder for Burton and Swinburne because most of the stones are now embedded in the Tichborne Claimant.
The stones magnify the near riot of history to a frenzy that would make the riots of Watts and Detroit and the confusion of New Orleans utterly inconsequential. Hodder also uses the stones to explain all the nightmare creature he could not possibly have included in his previous book. One could almost understand the werewolves of London in his last book as maybe a scientific possibility. However, having run out of the improbable, Hodder is left with the fantastic. There is even free-floating ectoplasm and fairies. Well, fairies don't count. It seems that there are fairies, but the stones simply make them apparent.
Now they don't just torture Charles Doyle figuratively, but actually. It should also be mentioned that Hodder nicely insures that one cannot have zombies without ghosts. As one might expect, the introduction of ghosts and the undead elevates the great riot to a zombie apocalypse. On the one hand this illustrates a problem often faced with sequels.
On the other hand, Burton and Swinburne gel much better here. Oh, and while not quite Sean of the Dead, the undead are fairly entertaining. One troubling theme that began weakly in Spring Heeled Jack but is much more prominent in The Clockwork Man is that of technological determinism. In the former, the social deviation of the Libertines and the Rakes seemed to have a life of their own until co-opted by the technological classes.
Now these social movements are simply dominated by technology. It is also interesting that while Herbert Spencer plays a pivotal and favorable roll, Hodder provides a glimpse through to the early 20th century, one where Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche is ruler of Germany and Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin of Russia. Note only does this seem out of character for Nietzsche1, but Hodder seems to ignore the line of though and social development that runs from Kant to Hegel and then Marx.
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It is hard to believe that the time Hodder has created would be less hospitable to communist ideology than the one we know. The conceit here not only does technology shape ideology but that ideology has no affect on the technology we choose to pursue. The best he can come up with as seen in the Eyes of Naga is that there is something trumps mechanical determinism. He may, however, find himself trapped in the sort of quantum mysticism that some science fiction writer become prey to.
Hodder finishes The Clockwork Man with a promise of yet another tale indeed it is already out. This volume suggests a collapse between this timeline and our own. Perhaps the third installment will deliver. View all 4 comments. Aug 18, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I also enjoyed this one. But not as much as the first. This one was still a page-turning steampunk adventure, but the plot and ideas felt more all-over-the-place and messy.
In addition to mechanical and genetic advances to science, this volume adds supernatural factors that differentiate this version of 19th century Britain from the historical version. This story dealt with Spiritualism, mediums, astral projection and other such topics. But eve I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I also enjoyed this one. But everything was so jumbled together that it never really felt like a coherent plot to me. But I still enjoyed it for what it was.
There are three total female characters in this book otherwise crowded with distinct characters: The latter character perfectly illustrates my annoyance. At the beginning of the book the two heros visit this lady's animal organization to borrow some swans to travel to the country the Swans are huge and propel flying machines. They meet the lady who trains them and then they take her new assistant, a formerly homeless man, to take care of the swans. This man goes on to become an important part of the rest of the book and I suspect a future permanent part of the team.
Why couldn't the female swan-trainer be the one drawn into the plot? There's a perfectly good reason for her to go along to look after the swans and then they would have had someone I suspect would be a kick-ass female character. But no, it's the random homeless guy instead. I'm not complaining about his character, which I like, but it's an example of how easy it would have been to have a central female character, if only the author made it a priority.
Anyway, despite all this, I've still given it 4 stars. Maybe I shouldn't, but it was a compulsive read, and the world is fascinating enough to make it a must-read for steampunks. And I wouldn't be bothered so much by its faults if I didn't otherwise enjoy it. Jul 20, Laurie rated it it was amazing. In the first book, a time traveler altered time. Queen Victoria was assassinated and Prince Albert was made king. Steam mechanisms of all kinds — including flying chairs helicopter style are being invented and used. Genetic manipulation is being put to use, too, creating jumbo horses, parakeets that deliver messages in between bouts of fluent obscenities, huge swans that tow passengers through the air after themselves and hyperactive delivery dogs.
In this volume, the long lost heir to the Tichborne estate turns up alive and ready to get his hands on the family fortune. He has strange lumps under his scalp and most people immediately take to him and believe whatever he says. Soon he has the working class stirred up and rioting against the upper classes.
Meanwhile his brother has been carried by spirits through solid walls and through a window to his death. And some infamous black diamonds have been stolen; gems that have metaphysical properties. There is always something going on or some new marvel being introduced. The personalities are bigger than life. In the midst of all the action and fantasy the author finds ways to make social commentary- but not with too heavy of a hand.
The book can be read without reading the first one, as Hodder fills in the background well enough. Mar 21, Jason Pettus rated it really liked it. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. I always have to tread lightly when it comes to reviewing novels written in the steampunk style; because this is a genre I'm a real sucker for, which means that I will give even subpar books in this genre a higher score than a lot of people feel they deserve, simply because I enjoy wallowing in the tech-me Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.
I always have to tread lightly when it comes to reviewing novels written in the steampunk style; because this is a genre I'm a real sucker for, which means that I will give even subpar books in this genre a higher score than a lot of people feel they deserve, simply because I enjoy wallowing in the tech-meets-Victoriana tropes that define steampunk in the first place. Especially enjoyable for the dozens of minor what-if references to the real world that the author makes along the way -- for example, a preteen Oscar Wilde is a wisecracking newspaper boy and street-level assistant to our heroes in Hodder's universe -- this is the very definition of "guilty pleasure," a book that will have your non-steampunk-fan friends furiously rolling their eyes just from the copper-robot-battling front cover alone.
It comes recommended to that specific audience, with all of these caveats firmly in mind. I was hoping this series would grow into itself, and it certainly has. Book two, and I'm hooked. Another plot which on the surface includes temporal manipulation, this time throwing a sort of weaponised spiritualism and class warfare into the mix, along with the mandatory grave threats to His Majesty's Empire. With the altered Steampunk world of yesteryear established in the first volume, the author allows the cast of secondary characters to step up throughout the novel sidelining th Bismillah!
With the altered Steampunk world of yesteryear established in the first volume, the author allows the cast of secondary characters to step up throughout the novel sidelining the famous explorer Richard Burton for a time , and has enormous fun with them in the process Inspector Honesty of the Yard naming garden shrubs as he lays waste to uncanny opponents particularly tickled me. There are also some Grand Guignol touches that I particularly appreciated. Hodder has done something quite remarkable here.
Having set up his exceptionally unlikely, often utterly absurd, Victorian landscape in the previous book, he allows it to take gusty breaths of its own and to my surprise the result is self-sustaining and capable of supporting pleasingly complex stories. While the central thrust of this book is straightforward, it's a thematically layered thing, ruminating on destiny, class, hypocrisy, and much more as it rattles along. Despite scenarios and set-pieces which verge on the Pythonesque the characters never wink, and the fact that they take the upturning of their fortunes so seriously allowed me to as well.
By turns bright and dark, comic and po-faced, this unlikely fusion of influences is a rollicking, bravura performance. Roll on volume three Jan 21, Mark rated it it was ok. Gerard Doyle's narration is superb; I wish I could say the same about the book. To me, it was too long and contained too much: Steam-powered clockwork machines, bio-engineered animals, ghosts, zombies, time-travel, mind-control, seances, cyborgs.
I'm sure there's a kitchen sink in there, too, although I don't recall if it's steam-powered or a genetically-mutated pig's bladder. Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale return as villains.
There are some entertaining dialogue exchanges, however with continuing the same main characters, some of it was feeling a little repetitive. I didn't hate this book; I just wished there was less of it. Nov 21, edifanob rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack is the intelligent, terrific, magnificent and fulminating hooray into the world of steampunk novels. And now it continues with a sequel on the next level of inventiveness and execution. The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man is a world full of bizarre characters, phat steam-driven technology, mysterious mysteries and unbelievable conspiracie Awesome, Awesome Awesome!!!
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man is a world full of bizarre characters, phat steam-driven technology, mysterious mysteries and unbelievable conspiracies. Read my full review over at Edi's Book Lighthouse. May 23, Jerry rated it really liked it. Feb 20, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: More than just a sequel, it continues themes and storylines, answers questions, and ties up some threads from the first book that I hadn't even thought of as incomplete, because the first book was so satisfying. The story continues in the wonderful alternate universe created in the first book, with many of the same characters and plenty of new ones as well.
Richard Burton is assigned another case to investigate: This is an interesting bit of history even in our universe, but it becomes more exciting in the Albertian England where technology is advancing faster than even the tech-savvy can keep up with it and the supernatural is actually possible. Always entertaining, at times hilarious, and with multiple intriguing mysteries going at once, this book is a fantastic read.
There are ingenious inventions and innovations, fascinating differences between this universe and ours, and wonderful characters anyone would love to read about. And since the story is full of actual historical figures and events, this book might possibly be even more fun for those who know a lot about the time period. The writing is just as strong and funny in this second book book as it was in the first, although since the story takes place over a much longer stretch of time, there are periods and events that are skipped over in the telling, which was a bit disconcerting.
Even so, I truly enjoyed every page of this book, and desperately hope there will be more in the series. I picked up the first one because the cover looked cool on the front and beautiful on the back--and I ended up with a new favorite author and a new favorite series! I can't say how excited these books make me without sounding like a teenage girl, but I genuinely do love this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who's read the first book. Here are some of my favorite bits: The zombie rakes very politely trying to eat people sadly, I didn't copy any of my favorite lines from this part, and I'm moving soon and have already packed the book away.
Word has reached me that you're back on your feet, you dirty shunt-knobbler. I'll call round at eight this evening. I've had my nose in books. You can only deal with what you are cognizant of. Existence is, then, I posit, a continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations. Destiny is not fixed. It is the ever-changing consequence of uncountable actions--actions undertaken by every single person of the face of the planet Jest nim sir Richard Francis Burton. May 26, Forrest rated it liked it Shelves: Book two of the series does little to improve on the formula of its predecessor, but the electricity is crackling away.
The Clockwork Man is a messy, fundamentally flawed adventure, which nevertheless keeps you turning the pages until the very end. London is flooded with the ever stranger mad science of its Technologist cadre and the very fabric of society is beginning to chafe under the ministrations of the revolutionary Rakes. The story takes wild leaps, not only in subject matter, but in time and place as well. Unnecessary timeskips and flashbacks plague what should be a relatively straightforward adventure romp. Or the blight ravaged Ireland being turned into a man-eating jungle by overzealous eugenicists.
And at the center of everything, a ret-conned piece of Deus ex Machina which is literally used to explain everything that happened in the first book and the second AND goes on to drive the plot of the forthcoming third book. This is probably the most annoying aspect of The Clockwork Man. These little pretties have unraveled the very fabric of time not once but three times so far. Hodder unapologetically uses them as carte blanche to turn history on its head. The original mystery has the same problems as Spring Heeled Jack in having too many starting points and not enough endings.
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The hidden objects in the game are somewhat randomized. You may see different objects when you play the game. There are three different types of cursor icons. The hand icon 1 shows that you can pick up something. The gears icon 2 shows that something can be interacted with. Sometimes you will need to do other steps first before you can interact with this object. The magnifying glass icon 3 shows that you can investigate this area further. It usually brings up a new scene. Some scenes in the game are zoomable or scrollable. You can click and drag to zoom or scroll the screen. Also you arrows at the bottom of the screen to move around 4.
Hidden objects may be spread out between multiple scenes in a zooming scene and in a scrolling scene they may be hidden behind objects in the foreground. There is a map in the bottom right corner that you use for movement. Beside the map is your journal. Most of the puzzles can be finished by looking in this book for clues. Also inside the journal you will see outlines in red of the objects that you need to interact with next. Above the journal is the list of tasks that you are currently working on.
The inventory in this game is at the top of the screen. The top button is used during hidden object scenes and finds one object for you. The second button is also used during hidden object scenes and shows you the shape of an object. The third button is used for hints during the rest of the game and the mini-games. The Mine Click on the journal in the bottom right corner to get a hint at what you need to do next. This scene is zoomable. Zoom in by clicking in the middle of the screen or the button at the bottom C. Click on the train D. Return to the first scene and find all of the hidden objects.
There will be some objects in the middle scene as well. The objects may be randomized in your playthrough. These will not be randomized. Pump the pump to fill the pail and the handle will fall off E. Take the PAIL again. Go to the next scene with the map to the left of the journal F. Click on the Village Stream. This scene is scrollable to the left and right. Find the hidden objects in the scene. Return to the mines. Pull the levers and the bar until they look like the screenshot. Enter the train J. Close the doors O. Pull the brake lever to take off P.
Find all of the hidden objects. You will receive a journal and a photo in your journal. Click on the rug to see some loose floor boards. This is a scrollable scene. Click the treasure chest. Use the map to go to the Cemetery. Find all the hidden objects. Click on the left grave C then click on the 9 in the date on the grave D. Solve the puzzle by clicking the buttons in the correct order so that all of them stay down E. Then click the 9 to spin it so that it says 6 instead. Find the hidden objects. Return to the Cemetery.
Click on the statue in the middle F. Take the KEY from the other grave H when it pops out. Use the KEY on the chest in the floor I. Investigate the pieces of paper on the floor.
Arrange the puzzle pieces to create a postcard. Click and drag a piece to move it around. Drop it near other matching pieces to stick them together. Use the edges of the puzzle at first to help you put it together. See the screenshot for the complete puzzle. You will receive the postcard once you put it back together.
Click on the safe in the background. The postcard in your journal should have all of the clues you need to finish this puzzle. There is a list of books and a number on the card. Use the numbers with the list of books to find out what symbols need to be turned to in the correct order to open the safe. Ballyscath, Ireland Enter the Village Square. Click on the man sitting A. Use the map B to go to Farmhouse. This is a scrolling scene. It will be placed in the scene. Travel to the Village Stream. Return to the Village Square.
Go back to the Farmhouse. Lastly, once the squirrel is inside the cage, pull the string to catch it 4. Return to the Town Square.