A Red Sun Also Rises is a pleasantly original steampunk book by Mark Hodder. A Red Suns is a break from Hodder’s flagship the now growing Burton and Swineburn Series. This Hodder novel is a bizarre but interesting look at an alternate world. It almost reads like a bizarre dream where talking peanut like aliens burst into horrible monsters. It’s called A Red Sun Also Rises because a red sun also rises quiet literally.

The Story is written first person by a English priest named Aiden Fleischer who must flea his town with his sexton, a crippled women named Clarrisa Stark. After some Jack the Ripper stuff the two of them end up on a strange Planet with two suns and some aliens that look like peanuts with several legs. They make their way across the world and find a city not unlike the London but with Peanut like Aliens called Yatsill. These aliens talked and behave as if they are a British people.

The first half of the story is everyone in the world is waiting for the two suns to set. This will mark the time of the return of the Blood Gods who will attack on the London like city of New Yatsill. And don’t forget a Red Sun Also Rises.

This is a good read that doesn’t fall into the many cliches other steampunk books follow. It has a little of The Spring Heeled Jack Series Feel but let lose in an even more fantastical world. It will be interesting to see if there is a sequel.