DARK SLEEPER is an interesting, fascinating book that creates a lush fantastic world inspired by Dickens, but so much darker and stranger.
Recommended by Tim Powers and Suzanne Clarke -- and I can see why.
I enjoyed the novel... partially because I've never seen anyone do Dickenesque fiction quite so marvelously as Jeff Barlough. It's a strange, beautiful melange he creates, and because he writes in such detail of his world, it really does work.
The story lags in parts, but only in comparison with contemporary fiction.
If you enjoyed JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL's long detailed digressions, you may enjoy this book.
I did, but it's probably not for everyone