Morlock Night

Book review time- Morlok Night, by K. W. Jeter.

It’s hard for me to describe how much I enjoyed this book.

It is perhaps the first Steampunk book, yet others have not copied it in a way that makes the original of the genre seem trite or predictable. Written in the 70s, set in Victorian London, Jeter set his narrative style as a homage to the works of the 1890s. The book reads with the intensity of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the probing questioning of H. G. Wells’s Time Machine, and the biting commentary and whimsy of Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Along the way, Jeter pays homage to both Herman Melville and Jules Verne without cluttering his own story.

With a foundation firmly rooted in the traditions he was borrowing from, Jeter launched a new genre of stories, yet I had not heard of it until Stuart Greenfield gave me a copy for Christmas.


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