By Paul Weimer
| Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
REVIEW SUMMARY: An entertaining piece of Fantastic Victoriana in terms of content, mood and style.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A 19th century bookish priest and a crippled hunchback together are unexpectedly transported to an alien world that soon becomes oddly familiar.
PROS: A vivid and interesting premise and an enthusiastic audacity of telling it in period style and trappings.
CONS: Secondary characters are often flat, the devotion to its conventions sometimes works against it.
BOTTOM LINE: An entertaining, bizarre tale that remains true to its Victorian conventions and style, sometimes to a fault.
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Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf & Book Review has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder.
Here’s the synopsis:
When Reverend Aiden Fleischer, vicar of the sleepy town of Theaston Vale, finds a hunchbacked, light-sensitive and crippled vagabond named Clarissa Stark begging at his door, little does he suspect it’s the start of an adventure that’s literally out of this world!
Bribed by an unscrupulous family, Fleischer and his companion flee to London’s missionary college, but in wicked Whitechapel, the faithless priest stumbles upon one of Jack the Ripper’s victims and becomes convinced that he himself is the notorious killer. With her friend’s mind shattered, Miss Stark is relieved when they are both posted to the far away Melanesian island of Koluwai, but here they encounter an even darker evil, one that transports them to another planet.
Beneath the twin suns of the planet Ptallaya, Fleischer and Stark encounter an alien species, the Yatsill, master mimics who, after gaining access to Miss Stark’s mind, create their own bizarre version of Victorian London.
But Fleischer and Stark’s new home from home is not safe, for the Blood Gods will soon invade, and if he is to defeat them and rescue the woman he’s come to love, Fleischer must first face his own inner demons!
A Red Sun Also Rises releases in December 2012.