a clockwork hunch

I’m a big fan of a good adventure tale, and lately the best examples of these are often found on the shelves of the young adult section. From the Globe and Mail‘s children’s lit special, this sounds like a good afternoon read:

Modo is a hunchback, capable of adaptive transformations in a matter of minutes, as needs be. And the needs just keep on being. He has great strength and even greater heart, as might be suggested by his name.

Obviously fashioned on Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, Slade’s Modo has lost the “quasi” part of the name; he is not “seemingly or almost formed” but just plain “formed.”

I’m not sure if this was the author’s intent, but one does get the sense that Modo is a steadfast kid of noble character despite his wretched handicap. Anyway, he has been dubbed Modo by the enigmatic Mr. Socrates, who buys the boy from a Gypsy freak show, and raises him to be a secret agent in the very secretive and shadowy Permanent Association.

It’s Rule Britannia at any cost, as far as the Permanent Association is concerned, and there’s a world of disgruntled anarchists ready to put the empire to the torch. We are talking terrorists here: young men with their minds manipulated, turned into assassins. Children harnessed to weapons of destruction.

I’ve got a bit of a soft-spot for all things Steampunk, and on a purely visceral level, the author has a mighty brilliant name: Arthur Slade. It might be worth taking a look.

I also like the sound of this.


~ by A Mundi on September 26, 2009.

2 Responses to “a clockwork hunch”

  1. Sounds like a good read. After the end of Harry Potter and the next edition of Eragon coming, I need something else to read, aside from my massive coursework at the moment.

    Keep your head about you. Eventually the sun will shine and the pills will have worked. Been here done this. Keep writing.


  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Jeremy; and I will.

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