Everything that I read is not necessarily new. That doesn't stop it from being good or make it unreadable.That said, Mark Hodder's The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack is a steampunk mystery novel that is acclaimed by many a steampunk reader, and I've finaly decided to pick it up and see what all the hubbub is about.
The story follows Sir Richard Francis Burton, an explorer (among many other things) whose reputation has been tarnished and his partner missing and most likely dead, as well as Algernon Charles Swinburn, an unsuccessful poet and friend of Burton's. The city of London is changing with new technologies and specialized animal species, as well as a division in the opinion of the population. These two are assigned to investigate a case that leads them to a strange apparition called Spring Heeled Jack and werewolves that terrorize London's East End. Their investigation will lead them to an age-defining event, and the possible discovery that the world they reside in shouldn't even exist.