Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Larklight by Philip Reeve

A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck
in the Farthest Reaches of Space
by Philip Reeve
illustrated by David Wyatt

Published: 2006
Genre: Steampunk, Action, Scifi, YA
Paperback: 416 pages
Rating: 5

I felt giddy with excitement as I lurked behind the knots of pipework, waiting to see the rogue alchemist whom Jack Havock must employ.

But to my surprise, blue Ssilissa was the only other being in the chamber. I watched with growing amazement as she pulled on a a heavy leather apron and gauntlets, and lowered smoked glass goggles over her eyes. Then she stooped over the alembic, and opened the thick access doorway in its top - but what she did there I could not see, for a blinding light filled the wedding chamber and a strange sort of music began.

-chapter 6, page 79


Description from the amazon:
Arthur (Art) Mumsby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father in a huge and rambling house called Larklight…that just happens to be traveling through outer space.

When a visitor called Mr. Webster arrives for a visit, it is far from an innocent social call. Before long Art and Myrtle are off on an adventure to the furthest reaches of space, where they will do battle with evil forces in order to save each other—and the universe.

A fantastically original Victorian tale set in an outer space world that might have come from the imaginations of Jules Verne or L Frank Baum, but has a unique gravitational pull all its own…

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): old ones

Such a delightful YA steampunkish book!

vacuums of the future

This action story weaves outer space, aliens, sea-like creatures, steampunk and victorian culture which suprisingly work well together!

Those who love the gadgets and gizmos of steampunk will love the glimpses of them in this story.

I was tickled by the illustrations in this book. They had the right amount of fantasy, whimsy and vintage victorian.

Ready for book 2, oh yeah!


::= SteamBoyz schedule =::


  1. I love these books and his Hungry City series! Philip Reeve is an amazing wordsmith. Makes me proud to be British, he does;)

  2. I absolutely loved this series. I have yet to read his Hungry City series but it is on my list to check out. I hope you enjoy the next Larklight books; the 3rd book was my favorite!

  3. Awesome teaser and even awesome-r review! Looks like a great book!

  4. I've only read Starcross and really, really couldn't get into it. I found the characters to be a little off-putting. Curious to see what you think of that one.

  5. Hoverhogs!?! How cool is that?! LOVE IT, especially the incredible artwork - not only does this sound like an imaginative read, but I'd enjoy it for the illustrations alone lol

  6. Thank you for your review, Velvet! Now I can't wait it to arrive! >_<

  7. Oh, inspiring review! I want to read this even more now... (must. finish. tbr pile.)


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