Mothstorm, or the horror from beyond Georgium Sidus! or a tale of two shapers : a rattling yarn of danger, dastardy and derring-do upon the far frontiers of British space! (Larklight #3)
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I cannot express how much I love these books!
I am utterly impressed with Reeve’s detailed, personable characters that are consistent and yet allowed the room to grow. The characters in this series are so delightful and varied... I am always anxious for Art’s amusing and surprisingly insightful views on events, and Myrtle’s delightfully tedious social commentary and lady-like instructions.
Larklight, the first book in the series, b...more
Meh. It wasn't as good as the previous two. It started out great, and I raced through it. But I read the last few chapters in a span of three days because I lost some interest-I think the story structure just sort of fell apart after awhile. The Moth...more
I've enjoyed the series a lot, and this book continues to boy's-own adventure tale with the touches of Victoriana Imperialism in the far reaches of space. This time, however, we are threatened by an external foe - the Mothstorm.
In this entry, I enjoyed the bits that Myrtle narrated more than Art'...more
Yes, 'twas the season of Peace and Goodwill at Larklight, and my sister Myrtle and I, snug in our fleece-lined, winter-weight spacesuits, were out upon the front porch, decorating...more
The party is interrupted by a mysterious SOS signal from Georgium Sidus (Uranus), a message from the only two humans known to live there, a missionary named Rev. Cruet and his daughter Charity. The message says, “Great danger - imperative that - ” and then the messag...more
Art, his sister, and the rest of their family and friends are called once more to save the known solar system. Interrupted during Christmas, the Mumbys are informed of a strange, unidentified black cloud that is slowly encroaching on the solar system from beyond
During the course of the holiday's festive r...more
I needn't have worried.
Everything about this book I loved, just as much as the first too. Art was still his wonderful, quirky, high daring self though with a bit more sense then before.
I adored Charity and believe she is the girl Art will end up marr...more
I think - and I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt here, b/c it did not read like this - but I think Reeve was trying to say something the rules placed on women from both sides. Traditionalists expect women to be perfect ladies, whatever that means, but in the modern era there ar...more
A message about "Danger to the known w...more
Lured by the strange transmission that warns of "great danger" and the appearance of a nebulous moving cloud, Art and Myrtle and family travel to the edge of the solar system. On the closest planet, Georgium Sidus, otherwise known as Uranus, they discover that the cloud is a swarm of huge intergalatic moths. With the entrance of these giant moths, come the threat of alien invasion.
This was a suprising fun and lighthearted steampunk novel. The copious footnotes added comic co...more
by Philip Reeve
Another third book set in Victorian England, although a very different Victorian England than Lady Emily's, Mothstorm begins with the Mumby family intending to celebrate a quiet Christmas at home in Larklight with their friends. Unfortunately, a message of danger arrives and the whole gang promptly goes off to rescue the world (for the third time in a year). I always enjoy Arthur's very British Boy style, especially when interposed with Myrtle's journal entries. Apparen...more
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This is definitely a boy's kind of book. Annoying sister, ineffectual mother, adventure and pirates and a strong father figure. Sadly, I read this to my 9 year old daughter and we both couldn't enjoy it since the female characters were either nasty or milquetoast. That was especially frustrating considering the secrets behind the main character's mother. It gets worse in further novels.
I rate it four stars for being solid...more
Predictable race and gender fail -- comparatively mild, but present. E.g. why should Richard Burton have led the group when they crashed on Georgium Sidus, rather than Ulla? I also raised...more
The Larklight series is three, very fun stories about the members of the Mumby family and the heroic friends they make. There is silliness, adventure, heroics, and a bit of romance. Taking place in the middle of the 1800's, life is very altered from the way we know. Outer space is inhabitable by humans and a vast number of very creative alien forms. Creatures such as giant space spiders, moobs, pudding worms, aether fish, a Thunderhead, Shapers, and Snilth, to name a few. Sailing ships are prop...more
Art and Myrtle Mumby are ready for a peaceful Christmas with their family and with Jack Havoc and the rest of his valorous crew. Alas, a distress call from Georgium Sidus (known in less polite circles as "Uranus") sends the Mumbys and several agents of the British Empire across the solar system once again. When they arrive at their destination, they are met with a brand new horror: gigantic space moths!...more
Philip Reeve puts the reader steadily back on the course he set in Larklight with the third and final book in the series, Mothstorm. With an impending invasion of gigantic space-borne moths and their alien riders, all lead by an evil Shaper from another galaxy, Mothstorm rollicks around the solar system with the regular cast of characters (and a few new ones thrown in for good measure), facing epic space battles and more action that one could reasonably shake a stick at.
The writing is top...more
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.
Philip has been writing stories...more