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Starcross (Larklight #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  1,777 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Art and his family are invited on a fantastic free holiday to the exotic Asteroid Belt, in a remote part of space near Mars. Taking the train, they arrive to discover that nothing is quite as it seems - the hotel slips curiously back and forth through time, and the guests behave rather strangely too. What is behind these bizarre goings on? It's up to Art, Jack Havoc and hi ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 7th 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published October 16th 2007)
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Mar 03, 2008 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 10, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2007 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 11, 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 convivial curmudgeon
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
Mar 18, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love moobs so much guys
Andrew Otway
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
Feb 03, 2009 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
»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
Jun 01, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian James
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
Dec 18, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Newport Librarians
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
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Jun 17, 2013 Helsic 伊明海 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Abby Johnson
Jul 20, 2008 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jack Baillot
Feb 06, 2012 Jack Baillot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Fuzzy Gerdes
Apr 20, 2009 Fuzzy Gerdes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Travis Mueller
Jun 10, 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
Steven Olsen
Jun 23, 2014 Steven Olsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2008 Jet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 23, 2007 Trina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steampunk fans, lovers of victorian England
I think I liked Starcross a little better than Larklight. Once I accepted the idea of a universe where the British have colonized space and imposed Victorian ideals on the rest of the universe, I liked the series much better. Though most of my sympathies go toward those who try to buck the system.

There are two narrators, Art and his older sister, Myrtle. Art is a jolly boy who enjoys telling his audience about his adventures. Myrtle is mortified because a proper Victorian lady does not have sord
Solid story -- Art, Myrtle & their mother investigate mysterious happenings at a delightfully strange hotel on Starcross. Philip Reeve has a wild imagination; the illustrator complements his words vividly; and it is a very fun children's book.

Starcross is a chunk of Mars, knocked away in a prehistorical explosion, drifting in the astroid belt. But strange things came with it from Mars, and the fun is discovering just how wild the explanation for the story becomes. As a whole, another very fu
Aug 14, 2008 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starcross continues the Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space saga, and it's every bit as enjoyable as the first one. What's especially nice is the quick pacing, especially from the get go. Of course, this is possible because the world has already been set up, and we know how to approach it. Art is still quite enjoyable in all his proper British stiff upper lipness.

I'm looking forward to Mothstorm's release on October 14.
Mar 07, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to give this 2 and a half stars. I loved Larklight but I think all that clever word play is brilliant on audio. I don't know if Starcross wasn't as good as Larklight or I would have liked it more if it was on audio. Although I must say, the illustrations are terrific! There is certainly plenty to like - those Thrells acting as mercenaries changing side to whichever side could get them wool to knit with were a favourite for me. I don't think I'll bother with #3. Philip Reeve is very clev ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Larklight series (I recommend starting with the first). Enjoyable. Sort of a steampunk, what-if universe in which the British Empire extends to various planets, there are ships that fly through the ether, and many adventures. The full title is "Starcross or The Coming of the Moobs! or Our Adventures in the Fourth Dimension! - A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel and Curious Hats" which gives you an idea of the style of the book. I quite enjoyed this second book, alth ...more
Jul 10, 2010 Darla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Genre:Children's fiction/fantasy) 3.5 stars for this sequel to "Larklight"--a Victorian space adventure. The Mumby family is back and off on another adventure when they receive an invitation to stay at Starcross, a posh seaside resort located in the asteroid belt. But on arriving there, they quickly deduce that not everything is as it seems. Soon they are running for their lives and trying to save not only the British empire, but the entire universe as well. Huzzah! This has been a fun series f ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-reads
In which a proper young lady from the British Empire in Victorian times learns that alchemy is akin to cooking and therefore it can be safely concluded that it is a ladylike thing to do (particularly when said alchemy will start the maching which will help the party escape the evil moobs) not only providing escape but entertainment for the dear reader as well. That having been said, I did grow a little weary of the book before it's end. However, young teens should find it thrilling to the end, ...more
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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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