September 23, 2017

Review: The Return of the Discontinued Man by Mark Hodder

A sci-fi classic!

Alt-history Steampunk has never been hotter. We recently finished up the fifth book in a brilliant science fiction series courtesy of Pyr Books.  We’re talking about The Return of the Discontinued Man by Mark Hodder, out earlier this month. This is the fifth and (final?) book in the outstanding Burton and Swinburne series. We’ve chronicled our addiction to this series in the past, starting with The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack up through The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon and The Secret of El Yezdi[Read more...]

Friday Review: The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi by Mark Hodder

On sale this month!

One of our all-time favorite Steampunk series is back in action this month.  In a sub-genre that cries out for a flagship franchise, Mark Hodder’s Burton & Swinburne series more than answers the call. Fans of this site and Mr. Hodder’s work will remember our review of the first three novels in the series, The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, and Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, all out from Pyr Books. Also worth checking out from Mr. Hodder and reviewed at this site was the recent A Red Sun Also Rises. This week, we look at the fourth book in the series out this month, The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi. [Read more...]

Review: A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder.

Available for pre-order now!

It’s interesting what can inspire a story sometimes. Asimov said his Foundation series sprung from looking at a coffee table book with an image of a dancing soldier; The “OZ” of Wizard of Oz fame came from a second volume filing cabinet marked “O-Z.”

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Review: Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon by Mark Hodder.

On sale this month!

We made an interesting observation at last year’s Necronomicon convention. Trekkies and storm-troopers seemed noticeably absent, while goths, zombies, and steam-punkers seemed to be all the ‘rage’. It is of note that the Steampunk movement has yet to really have a flagship movie or television franchise… but that all could change if anyone was willing to pick up the Burton and Swinburne series. [Read more...]

Review: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder.

Out from Pyr Books!

Sir Richard Burton is becoming quite the steam-punk action adventure hero. This week, we review The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, the ongoing adventures of Burton & Swinburne, written by Mark Hodder and out from Pyr Books . Fans of this space will remember our review of the first book in the saga, The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack last summer. [Read more...]

Review: The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder.

The science fiction subgenre known as Steampunk has certainly matured in its brief 20+ year existence. True skill in the field has challenged writers to do the historical “foot work” while envisioning an alternate reality and time line that is complete and believable. Which brings us to this weeks’ review of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder, out this September from Pyr Books. [Read more...]