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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Larklight (Larklight, #1)
  • Philip Reeve
  • English
  • 24 November 2019
  • 9781599900209

About the Author: Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co writing, producing and directing a number of no budget theatre projects.Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons for around forty children s books, including the best selling Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Dead Famous series.Railhead, published by Oxford



10 thoughts on “Larklight (Larklight, #1)

  1. says:

    Art and Myrtle Mumby live in Larklight, a house that orbits Earth beyond the moon, with their father, their mother having disappeared years earlier and thought dead in an aethership wreck, until one day, monstrous white spiders attack Larklight and send them scurrying Can Art and Myrtle save their father, Larklight, and the entire British Empire First off, if I was thirteen, this would be my favorite book of all time Larklight takes place in the 1850s, only it s an 1850 s with Jules Verne esque space travel and space is as it was thought in the Victorian era The moon is covered with desert and giant mushrooms, Venus is a lush plant world, and monstrous white spiders from Saturn s rings threaten to topple the British Empire of space Interested yet Philip Reeve crafted one hell of an adventure tale here, fit for kids of all ages The dry British wit kept the story going, even in the slower parts I LOVE the world Reeve created for this book, from the pseudo science of the aether ships to the hover hogs, pigs that thrive in zero gravity and get around by farting The characters are very much in the mold of those in Victorian literature modest, prudish, and very dry Except for Jack Havock and the space pirates, I mean Also, Richard Burton, Warlord of Mars, is hardly prudish with his hot Martian wife.Reeve draws from a lot of sources dear to my heart in Larklight, like Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G Wells, and many others I m anxious to see what he draws from the well in the next two books It also reminded me of other books, like Celestial Matters or Beyond the Moons Steampunk fans also won t want to pass this up.So what didn t I like Not a lot, really I found some of the twists to be predictable but that s owing to the fact I m about double or possibly triple the target age for this Like I said, if I was thirteen, I d think it was the greatest book ever written I m giving it a four mostly out of sheer inventiveness and enjoyment level.

  2. says:

    2 March 2008 Huzzah What a glorious tale I loved it Certainly one of my new favorite books besides being oodles of fun to read, it was thoughtful, imaginative, charming, adventurous, surprisingly well written with delightful illustrations I would never have believed that a Victorian outer space adventure with aether ship pirates, giant talking spiders, plots against the Empire oh no God Save the Queen and hoverhogs could fit together so perfectly, conveyed by the pen of a brave British boy, worthy of every adventure that befell him and some surprising thoughtfulness, too with journal excerpts from his sister, who is brave enough to help defeat the villains on her own, but still wishes her dress could have been a little tidier for the occasion All manner of praise for this book, and I look forward to

  3. says:

    I honestly think this is one of my new favorite books Absolutely wonderful Funny, creative, cute, charming, endearing, fast paced, and sweet Delightful characters fill the book from cover to cover The plot is both intriguing and pretty complex without being too confusing or obvious The illustrations add to story and seem very fitting to the style of writing.The book is filled with wit and heart I adored it So, I already love it Just about 100 pages into it, and it s delightful The characters are well drawn not over complex but very real I am very much enjoying it, and the blend of genres is amusing and fun I believe this was one of the first if not THE first books on my GoodReads to read shelf and I am finally reading it So far, chapter one is quite captivating and charming.

  4. says:

    It s the steampunkiest This book was so much fun Literally my only complaint is a few things at the end seemed wrapped up a little improbably But wait this is a Victorian Space Drama Who am I to question what s probable Hah Anyway, the narrator is a delightful little opinionated boy, and the plot moves along at a quite a clip, propelled by the chemical wedding in the aether engines, no doubt I would totally recommend this to anybody, it s quick and fun Definitely giggled outloud a bunch.ETA As the series continues I m really appreciating the strong characters of both genders Reeve doesn t hesistate to play with stereotypical gender roles, but both the guys and the girls here get to be heroes.

  5. says:

    So much fun There isn t any other word for the book just, fun I d pretty much recommend this without any qualifications.More light hearted than the Hungry Cities Chronicles I m not sure if it s better I think I like it better, though I don t love any of the characters as much as I loved Hester, because I was really quite annoyed by the way the books ended I couldn t have told you what should have happened, but what did happen felt like a cop out I suppose I might get as annoyed over Larklight s sequel or sequels , but I shouldn t think so I only got that irritated over the Hungry Cities books because they were so intense and so I mean, they pulled no punches and that was what was good about them, so it was disappointing when they ended with of a whimper than a bang.I was getting quite wary about Philip Reeve s mothers, but that worked out fine I m still a little unsure about his women Quite a lot of them seem to have love as a main motivator, as opposed to, you know, saving the universe or whatever, which is why Art s mother came as such a relief But that was the main reason why I got mad at the Hungry Cities books I suppose it made sense that Hester s main motivating force was her love for Tom, but it still pissed me off that everything she was and did revolved around him She was such a cool character and she could have been so much .But back to Larklight I ll probably get Starcross even if it s still in hardback, that s how much I liked it Well done Philip Reeve.

  6. says:

    Ugh That turned into quite the chore to read The only thing that piqued my interest was the hoverhogs, which are floating pig like creatures that clean up rubbish That was it I think the general idea of this book had a lot of potential, but only if everything was different Haha But seriously I would ve preferred reading about older kids and leaving the parents out of the picture completely I basically wanted the entire book to be mature My biggest beef with this book Censorship I understand that this was geared towards a younger reading group, but it still talks about killing people, and many huge spiders are killed yet the author couldn t dare to write the word damn It was written d___ Give.me.a.break.Further they mention God all through the book Whatever But right near the end, after I had already read the word God MANY times, all of the sudden someone says By God but it was written By G_d What the hell The rest of the trilogy better be good because the hope of them being good is the only thing that got me through this book.

  7. says:

    A lot of fun and I really liked the cheeky references to classic sci fi, especially H.G Wells

  8. says:

    2016 02 23 Still as adorable as I remember 2007 01 01 I wish I knew how to get people to read this book This book is fabulous It s very much speculative fiction, told in a Victorian style, a what if romp through what might have happened if space had been like people of the 19th century had imagined and the British took their colonization ideals out into the far reaches of the solar system It is amazing and creative and so full of imagination I am not quite sure how all the fantastic elements Reeve devised actually fit in one tiny book That is how full of awesome Larklight is.Larklight is the story of young Art Mumby and his sister Myrtle, who live in a huge, rambling house called Larklight just near to the Moon with their father, who is constantly caught up with his research of space life They don t get many visitors, until one day, a Mr Webster sends notice of an impending visit, and everything in Art and Myrtle s life changes.Mr Reeve is one of those authors I love, who doesn t just write He puts words in sentences and makes them dance, makes them work for their supper There are cliche ways to say this painting a picture with words, lyrical prose, blah blah blah, I could go all day, but there s really nothing like proof of his genius and wit and how well he makes language his bitch besides sampling the text Among my mother s books I had once discovered a volume of stories by a gentleman named Mr Poe, who lives in Her Majesty s American colonies There was one, The Premature Burial, which gave me nightmares for weeks after I read it, and I remember thinking that there could be no fate horrible than to be buried alive, and wondering what type of deranged and sickly mind could have invented such a tale But as I lay there immobilised in a jar on the wrong side of the Moon with only a ravening caterpillar for company I realised that Mr Poe was actually quite a cheery, light hearted sort of chap, and that his story had been touchingly optimistic I fall hard for lots of books, but that hard fall usually mellows out into a warm, cozy love I ve done this through my reading career A Wind in the Door fits this bill, The Book Thief is another, When the Emperor was Divine also fits the bill But with Larklight, I have fallen hard and I haven t reached the bottom yet I think there are some reasons for this, as Larklight contains Pirates PIRATES IN SPACE Hijinks and escapades Spiders in bowler hats Hilarious and reflective social commentary over the imperial ideals of the 19th century Complete with accompanying shenanigans and mechanical doodads The gracefully handled romance JACK HAVOCK.However, Mr Reeve did have quite an ideal of Mr Richard Burton, I m sorry to report.Fangirl Happy Hour discussion

  9. says:

    I m normally a huge lover of books directed at kids but this one just didn t blow me away and I can t pinpoint why It s steampunk and directed towards kids in the 10 year age group I m guessing The science is so completely wrong that it s obviously written that way I assume because the story is set a century or so ago and knowledge of space would have been very wrong at best, even though space travel is commonplace in this story For example, space is not a vacuum as we know it it s aether and quite difficult to breath so they melt ice in their spaceships to provide the extra air needed Alchemy is used to propel space ships And did I mention that space ships were just like sea ships but with aether wings Art and his big sister Myrtle live in Larklight a house that sits in space just past the moon They end up on the run when space spiders take over their home contrary to Ziggy Stardust, these spiders were NOT from Marsthey were from Saturn They soon join in with a group of pirates and the adventure to save their house and ultimately the solar system ensues.It was enjoyable but I think I would have liked it a whole lot if I were actually in the target age range.

  10. says:

    Aptly subtitled A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space, this is an enjoyable read for ages nine or thereabouts and up It is an adventure set in a Victorian space age, written as Jules Verne or H.G Wells might have imagined it The plot is exciting, the writing deft and witty, so that adults are likely to enjoy the reading experience just as much as kids There s some fun and interesting playing with gender conventions, too, as the narrator s older sister yearns and strives to become a perfect young lady and finds her efforts in that direction consistently thwarted, to the ultimate benefit of all.Larklight is handsomely designed and illustrated, too, with endpapers that feature a range of pseudo Victorian advertisements for such products, events, and firms as Coalbrookdale s Phlogiston Ranges, Rossetti s Goblin Fair, and Jaggers Law Firm THE Specialists in AETHER CRIME, also Wills and Dowries Administered with the Utmost Discretion Throughout the book the attention to detail is thorough and delightful, including even the copyright page, which asserts, The pages of this volume are impregnated with Snagsby s Patent Folio dubbin to preserve them against the depradations of space moth and paper bats Here s a brief excerpt, which will convey some of Larklight s flavor without giving away much plot Among my mother s books I had once discovered a volume of stories by a gentleman named Mr Poe, who lives in Her Majesty s American colonies There was one, The Premature Burial, which gave me nightmares for weeks after I read it, and I remember thinking that there could be no fate horrible than to be buried alive, and wondering what type of deranged and sickly mind could have invented such a tale But as I lay there immobilised in a jar on the wrong side of the Moon with only a ravening caterpillar for company I realised that Mr Poe was actually quite a cheery, light hearted sort of chap, and that his story had been touchingly optimistic.

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