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Starcross (Larklight #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,676 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
Art, Myrtle, and their mother accept the kind invitation of a holiday to an up-and-coming asteroid resort. But they set out with visions of rest and relaxation only to be sucked into a dastardly plot involving spies, time travel, and mind-altering clothing! Before their adventures are over, they'll sail an aether-ship amid asteroid-strewn seas, dodge demonic puppets, and l ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published October 16th 2007)
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Apr 28, 2008 Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Larklight fans!! - all others read Larklight first!
I so enjoy the world of the Mumbys! This is a wonderful sequel to Larklight!
It was so much fun visiting with returning characters, again! And we encounter both new and returning villains as well.
I thought the plot, characters, style of writing (which is excellent and delightful!) were all consistent with that of Larklight, and I didn’t feel that the author “cheated” with any of the characters to fill the second book with plot.
The plot was exciting and intriguing again. And while I didn’t feel
Apr 28, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of "Larklight" -- everyone else, read "Larklight" first!
A fitting, largely enjoyable sequel to the fantastic and fabulous "Larklight" though not quite its equal. Many favorite characters are back, though some have diminished roles and others have heightened ones--I rather missed those with the demotions--and the new nemesiss(es) proved quite interesting and imaginative. I'm not entirely sure why I didn't feel this one quite lived up to the first--the writing style (so delightful!) is the same, the flavor and tone still delicious. I think, however, th ...more
Sep 17, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, own, juvenile, humor
Well, I got this sequel to Larklight expecting to like it slightly less than the first novel. Boy was I surprised! I liked it more - a rare thing in my opinion, for sequels! The character development continues to be delightfully lighthearted and some of the concepts are absolutely hysterical. I also like the occasional geeky in-joke reference to other geeky things. This book is sweet and funny and very fast-paced, without ever being "simple."

All our favorite characters from Larklight return for
Dec 22, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it
Just as over-the-top fun as the first book, the madcap space adventures of Art Mumby, his sister Myrtle, and their various companions continues.

The plot of this novel is odd and completely silly in the greatest possible way, and can best be summed up by this direct quote from the book, "The British Empire stands on the brink of an invasion by highly intelligent hats from the future!" Yes, you did read that right.

Once more, Art (and occasionally Myrtle) narrate through their journals with hilario
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
This was another great book set in the Larklight universe. You wouldn't have to read the first book to have fun with this one; but the first book does provide some background that would make this story have a bit more meaning at parts.

We are back to a Victorian Age where the British Empire has conquered the secrets of space travel. Art and his family have been invited to stay a premier ocean side resort called Starcross. Starcross is a bit different in that the ocean is only there 12 hours a day
Aug 07, 2007 Betsy rated it it was amazing
They say science fiction for kids doesn’t sell. They say a lot of things, but this particular belief is pretty widespread. Space may be the final frontier, but as far as kidlit publishers go, literary reaches for the outer limits aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Still, there is some sci-fi that simply must turn a profit. Take Philip Reeve, for example. This is the guy who conjured up the YA “Hungry City” chronicles. Who single-handedly found a way to combine gross colonization and spac ...more
May 27, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As another reviewer has said, I looked very much forward to this book after listening to "Larklight" and loving it and wanted this book to be just as awesome. But it wasn't quite as good, due mainly to the diminished parts of Art, Myrtle and Jack, although I did like hearing more from Mrs. Mumby. I thought the storyline wasn't as good and ended too suddenly. The premise was interesting though. Creatures from "futurity" as Mr. Reeve puts it, come into the present (1851) to feed on people's though ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
3 1/2

Like it's predecessor, Larklight (a href=" review), this is a quirky and fun Victoriana adventure tale.

I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first - there was more humor, in general, and Myrtle was less annoying. And I quite liked the addition of Mrs. Mumby.

The story is good, the illustrations are nice additions, and I generally enjoyed it. I can't quite put my finger on what it is that holds this back from being a solid 4 stars, but, whatever it is
Roseanna Pendlebury
Like many sequels to inventive, unexpected or wonderful things, Starcross has the problem of how to follow up the success of its predecessor. Because Larklight really was wonderful… but a lot of the wonderful came precisely from it being unexpected. And how can you really replicate that in a sequel? Either you maintain the things that were excellent in the first one, and so retain the appeal but without the surprise (the problem with Red Seas Under Red Skies, in my opinion), or you try to go in ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was amazing
When Larklight comes under attack by the evil designs of decorators, Art, Myrtle and Mrs. Mumbly flee to the grand hotel Starcross, hoping for a little peace and quiet until all the dust has settled. But the picturesque hotel is hiding dark secrets, and in the course of their adventures the Mumblys shall discover all of them.

Full of secret agents, double-crossing, time travel, and plenty of aliens, Starcross packs every bit the adventure as Larklight. Myrtle's relationship with the swaggering sp
Steven Olsen
Jul 02, 2014 Steven Olsen rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic book and a worthy sequel to it's former work, Larklight. I would warn that this book suffers slightly from an ending that peters out, rather than finishes in a bang. It's split into three or so victories, and I wasn't particularly amazed by that. But the characters were great, especially Delphine and Mrs. Grinder, newly introduced in this book. The tone is amazingly rich and I love how the mystery unfolds throughout the book. It's also fun that their 10 kajillion year old ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10-kids-books
My kids and I listened to the audiobook of Starcross during our drive to visit family for spring break. This is the second book in this delightful series by Philip Reeve. We had listened to Larklight last summer during another road trip. Greg Steinbruner is an excellent reader for this series and I love all the different voices he uses for the characters.

The Larklight series is a bit of a mishmash of steampunk in space. There are adventurous tales, fully realized characters, and fun twists and t
Jul 25, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
This book was not as good as the first one (Larklight), but it was still a pretty good book.

The Mumbys go on holiday to Starcross, and things are not all what they seem. For one thing, advertisments for a top hat brand they have never heard of. They meet an old friend, and discover a french spy. They also find out that there is someting controling many in the hotel, and producing an odd spray that turns people into changeling trees.
The Mumbys meet adversaries, and unusual allies, all while tryi
Feb 03, 2009 Stefan rated it it was amazing
»Ein mitreißendes Abenteuer um Spione, Zeitreisen und seltsame Hüte«

Vor kurzem trudelte dann endlich die Taschenbuchausgabe der »Larklight«-Fortsetzung namens »Starcross« bei mir ein. Und auch hier zeichnete sich sehr schnell ab, dass Autor Philip Reeve und Zeichner David Wyatt in der Lage waren, ihr überaus originelles Fabulieren fortzusetzen.

Art, Myrtle und Mutter Mumby erhalten eine Einladung nach Starcross, einem Hotel, das sich im Asteroidengürtel befindet. Es wird sogar mit einem Badestran
Brian James
May 07, 2010 Brian James rated it it was ok
What this book does have going for it; lots of action, twists galore, and plot to spare. For a lot of people, that makes for a great book. And if plot is your thing, I would say this book wouldn't fail to entertain. I can see tons of readers falling in love with this book for that very reason...unfortunately, I wasn't one of them.

Overall, the book felt extremely forced to me. I found a lot of the imaginative elements to be contrived. There are any number of writers who try to capture all of the
Newport Librarians
Mar 14, 2012 Newport Librarians rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ms-kathy, ya-fiction
A delightful romp through time and space, by way of asteroid belts, disappearing oceans, clunky spaceships, and grand hotels, with Mr. Titfer's Toppers (those dreadful hats of the subtitle) always in hot pursuit. Moobified fish and fishy Moobs are the mere backdrop to a cast of characters too wonderful not to name: the mischievous Miss Delphine Beauregard, Sirs Waverley Rain, Launcelot Sprigg, and Richard Burton, Professor Ferny, Jack Havock, Nipper, Mr. Grindle, Mr. Munkulus, the Tentacle Twins ...more
Oct 04, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing
Reeve, Philip. 2007. Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel, and Curious Hats. "Decorated Throughout" by David Wyatt.

Starcross is the sequel to 2006's Larklight: Or the Revenge of the White Spiders!: Or To Saturn’s Rings and Back!: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Furthest Reaches of Space. While I found the first book fun and silly, I also was just lukewarm about it. I neither loved it nor hated it. I saw the appeal, but didn't share in it exactly. With the second book, S
Tales Untangled
Sep 03, 2015 Tales Untangled rated it really liked it
It's been quite awhile since I read Larklight so it was a little confusing jumping straight into Starcross. In my defense Philip Reeve and David Wyatt have so much going on in this series I think anyone would be a bit discombobulated.

If I used one word to describe Starcross it would be...

To read the full review and many others go to
Jack Baillot
Mar 23, 2012 Jack Baillot rated it it was amazing
As wonderful as the first, if not more so. Art, his annoying sister, and their mother travel to a hotel for a holiday and encounter mind stealing hats and time travel. And Jack. Can't have an adventure without Jack. Oh yes, and some evil. French secret agents. And a couple giant clams. And...I shall refrain myself from going on.
In the book Art's sister and Jack wonder if they were, "meant to be together," (About time, Jack!) and she finds she isn't as much of the well bred lady she thought sh
Abby Johnson
Jul 25, 2008 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
This delightful book is the sequel to Larklight. Set in an alternate history where Sir Isaac Newton discovered the secret to space travel, the Mumby family is going on holiday. After seeing an ad for a beachside hotel called Starcross, they decide to spend a few weeks there, but when they arrive things are strange from the start. First of all, there doesn't seem to be any beach (although they are reassured that it will appear in about 12 hours or so). Secondly, Art Mumby sees something outside h ...more
Helsic 伊明海
Apr 02, 2014 Helsic 伊明海 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this book very much but I'm afraid I like the first book more.

In general the book was spectacular, a lot of action, twist plots and funny moments to keep you interested for so long but why I gave it only 4 stars? because I didn't like the end.

I really wanted to see the French empire to success in their plans to create their own eathership fleet. I like the idea of the rebels Yankees coming to space as mischievous pirates guerrilla! and I hoped that in the third book there would
Amanda Northrup
Apr 21, 2014 Amanda Northrup rated it it was amazing
Oh man, I love these books! Phillip Reeve's imagination is on full display - evil hats that eat people's thoughts, genius! Time travel, mercenaries, knitting, and trains-in-space all make critical appearances in this book as well. What a rollicking space adventure. I'm looking forward to reading book 3.
Travis Mueller
Jul 25, 2015 Travis Mueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with the previous one, a fun story with an excellent narrator. Something I realized though while listening to this: the alternate reality in the story is seriously lacking in members of the lower class, all of the servants which would be normal in a 19th century British setting being replaced with automaton. What happened to them? How do they gain employment in this world? And how did Art and Myrtle become fairly well adjusted people growing up in a household which was primarily them, their f ...more
Ken Fredette
Mar 03, 2014 Ken Fredette rated it really liked it
I had to read this for my grandson so he would have someone to talk to about the plot. What can I say they sail ships thru space with wooden hulls and sails. Time travel and mysterious top hats. Trains that travel between asteroids. It give them something to dream about.
Jul 04, 2016 Michaela rated it it was amazing
Incredibly weird, funny, and completely unique! However if you don't at least somewhat enjoy or appreciate books like "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" or Terry Pratchett novels you probably would find this a waste of time. If you do like the aforementioned book and author then you will be in for a real adventurous treat!
Isaac M
Apr 15, 2015 Isaac M rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was quite a silly adventure, but a very creative one too (one word- Moobs), and I did get into it. If you are the kind of person who likes books that have adventure, but is really some light reading, then this series (starting with Larklight) is for you!
Jan 23, 2008 Jet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I actually typed a darn review and it disappeared! Again this was great stuff, writing was just in the line of humour I appreciate, while illustrations are fantastic. However I think the plot is a tad too similar to Larklight - it runs along the same concept - and there is, especially for the young children it is meant for, a tad too much attention on Myrtle and Jack. If there was a 4.5 rating this would have been it - I can't bring myself to give it a 4, just for the ingenuity of making 'top ha ...more
Jul 23, 2015 AllThingsBooks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any one from ages 10+
I thought this was a great book. I love the idea of Victorians in space but still keeping the same views and values of the time. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery, a fast-paced plot and the British empire in space.
Fuzzy Gerdes
Apr 20, 2009 Fuzzy Gerdes rated it it was amazing
Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel and Curious Hats is the second book in the Larklight trilogy (series?) chronicling the adventures of Art Mumby and his family in an alternate steampunkish Victorian England where space travel is possible in more-or-less sailing ships. Fresh off of saving the entire Solar System from ancient spiders, Art and his mother and sister head to an asteroid resort hotel for a bit of relaxation, only to find them embroiled in a new adventure of, well, ...more
Van Ottergirl
Oct 15, 2014 Van Ottergirl rated it really liked it
My one dearest wish is that I could transform the entire book to read from Myrtle's hilarious voice. This was such an imaginative and witty science fiction/steampunk read, and I regret only that it wasn't longer.
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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.

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“If only Myrtle would pay attention to the Boy's Own Journal, Blackwood's Magazine, etc., she would know that these creatures were Threls, who come from a worldlet called Threlfall on the far side of the asteroid belt. This Threlfall is a cheerless, chilly spot, and the whole history and religion of the Threls has been concerened with their quest to knit a nice woolly coverlet for it.” 2 likes
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