Twilight Robbery (Fly by Night, #2)
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Twilight Robbery (Fly By Night #2)

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Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent are in trouble again. Escaping disaster by the skin of their teeth, they find refuge in Toll, the strange gateway town where visitors may neither enter nor leave without paying a price. By day, the city is well-mannered and orderly; by night, it's the haunt of rogues and villains. Wherever there's a plot, there's sure to be treachery, and wher...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Daria
Mosca Mye, Eponymous Clent, and "winged warzone" Saracen are good at what they do. They're in the business of Stretching the Truth and Then Running Like Hell. Mosca and Clent, whose principal love is the spoken and written word, like to use one word too many. And we all know that using one word too many is dangerous; it makes quick the clamping of the shackle, it makes swift the dagger in the night. It causes cities to catch fire and to tumble into revolution.

Running from the trail of destructi...more
Betsy
As I see it, reviewing a sequel is a peculiar enterprise. One can hardly review a book without suggesting to the reader that they read the previous novel as well. And in the rare case where the sequel is better than its predecessor, one’s positive review is sort of moot if it seems as though it’s recommending the first book in any way. This is my convoluted way of saying that I don’t like reviewing them. Heck, I don’t even like to even read sequels half the time. Usually when I do I simply get m...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Nov 16, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: someone willing to take a YA chance
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: me! such good taste!

Troubles again! Unfortunately, Mosca Mye, Eponymous Clent and the goose Saracen have run into so many complications with their latest scheme that they’ve run through the first, second, and third back-up plans.

“Quaternary plan!’ gasped Clent. ‘Creative panic!’”

But at least Saracen is on their side, although Mosca needs to be cautioned by Clent against unleashing the power of the goose. “‘Be it even so, now is the time for calm calculation… and not for sending your web-footed apocalypse on a one-g...more
Hallie
Wow. What to say? I thought this might well have been better than Fly-by-Night, though it's a tough call. While I missed the coffeehouses of the original (among the coolest settings I've ever read), Toll was astonishing. The relationship between Mosca and Mr Clent is also just as wonderfully depicted, and it's nice to see them that bit closer to admitting their mutual trust (in as much as either of them can trust or be trusted!) and affection (well-mixed with constant exasperation!). The new cha...more
Hirondelle
Yay, I was looking forward to this, and it was just as good, if not even better than I hoped.

The second adventure of Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent, and it is IMO standalone-ish, the references to past events is just so to explain the relationship between characters and the worldbuilding essentials are very flawlessly introduced. It is also IMO better written than Fly by Night (which I already liked very much), the pace is better, the plot so marvelously tight, less meandering, the setting even m...more
April
Homicidal pet goose is a magical phrase to me. It pretty much guarantees I will pick up a book, given my affinity for crotchety characters. Y’all Fly Trap (Twilight Robbery in the UK) by Frances Hardinge is a door stopper, clocking in at 584 pages but reads faster than books half it’s size. It’s the sequel to Fly By Night but you don’t need to have read that to appreciate Fly Trap. Personally, I did NOT read Fly By Night and got through Fly Trap just fine.


Read the rest of my review here
Cara M
It took me far too long to finish such an amazing book, but this morning I hit the fulcrum and couldn't stop. It is a perfect sequel to Fly-By-Night, and is so impossibly smart and hard and real and funny that I'm always bewildered that it ends up in the juvenile section when it's more mature and well-thought out than most books for adults.
As always it starts with small people with small problems that become not-quite-heroes, affecting the fates of cities. And there are no better not-quite-heroe...more
John
Sequel to FLY BY NIGHT, and that should be 'nuff said. Hardinge shows a real gift for crafting oddball but pointedly cogent societies, and here she does it again with the town of Toll---a strange double settlement of prosperous burghers who are only out after dawn, and impoverished, fear-ridden, despised residents allowed to come out after dusk. Her central characters are richly imagined too---but once again she doesn't give that wonderfully homicidal goose Saracen enough page time!
Shanshad Whelan
There are few authors that can leave me with no idea what the story is going to be and how it will go. Most stories generally have a framework that takes me all of a chapter to recognize--not that I mind. But I can't do it with Hardinge's work beyond the most basic recognition of a con artist caper story. I never know what's going to happen or how the characters will react. Hardinge keeps me reading with no ground under me to expect: I'm running hard to keep up with Mosca and Clent as surprised...more
TheBookSmugglers
Twilight Robbery/Fly Trap , the sequel to the excellent Fly By Night is a Shiny Beacon of Hope in the middle of a rather dreary week here at The Book Smugglers’ HQ.

A few months after leaving Mandelion, Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent (as well as the murderous Goose Saracen) are on the run again. Unfortunately for the three amigos, Clent’s past shenanigans (lies!cons!theft!) prevent them from going anywhere near any of the towns nearby. Their chosen destination for the time being is a place called...more
Leslie
“Just between you and me,” Mosca whispered, “radicalism is all about walkin’ on the grass.” (Fly Trap, 337)

Reading Frances Hardinge’s books are a dangerous proposition. I recommend them to everyone aged 10 and up. In Lost Conspiracy there is colonialism, cannibalism, and genocide. In Fly By Night there is religious/political terrorism, atheism, and book burning. In Fly By Night’s sequel Fly Trap there is more oppression, at least one decapitation, a lot of theft and lying, and the return of “the...more
Eva Mitnick
In Fly Trap (sequel to Fly by Night), the town of Toll is really two towns in one - Toll-by-day and Toll-by-night. At dusk, the citizens of daytime Toll scurry into their homes and bolt their doors, not daring to come out until dawn. In fact, they couldn't even if they wanted to - their doors have been locked from the outside as well, and entire facades of buildings shifted so that the daylight doors are blocked while the night-time doors are revealed. Then it's time for the the nightlings to co...more
Khairul H.
Very well written and with lots of twists and turns in what is essentially a 'rescue a kidnapped damsel' storyline. The world of Mosca Mye has been compared to Pratchett's Discworld and that's no bad thing. Both have created worlds that resemble pre-Industrial Revolution Britain and both authors have a way with words (although Pratchett leans more towards irreverent humour and puns).

This is the first time I've read anything by this author and though Twilight Robbery (called Fly Trap in the US) i...more
Beth
Wow, I loved this book. I am still giddy thinking about it. Fly Trap is crazy. In a really, really good way, though. The plot was smart and clever and completely over-the-top. I loved how it added to the first book's worldbuilding, too. From the moment I opened it, saw the chapter titles, and realized she would be talking more about the Beloved, I was hooked. The explanation of that world's belief system was one of my favorite parts of the first book. Also: the writing is still fantastic and com...more
Lucy
Mosca Mye, Saracen and Eponymous Clent remain my all-time favorites. I loved this book to bits--the language is just so delicious I wanted to read it aloud to everyone I met.

But perhaps the best part (especially to this reader, who hadn't even realized that there was going to be a SECOND book starring Miss Mosca Mye) was the hint at the end that we may even be treated to another Mosca adventure.

I live in hope.
Mylisa
I always read Frances Hardinge's Mosca Mye books with deep authorial envy. How does she do that? How does she write about such grim things and still make you laugh? How does she create people like Mosca and Eponymous and Saracen? How does she come up with these worlds that she creates? How does she twist and turn and twist and flip and tie it all up at the end? Kudos.
Kimberly
Brilliant! I don't aspire to be an author, but I wish I'd written this book. I continue to love Hardinge's command of the language. A few of the marvelous words she uses that don't often make their way into kids' books: perspicacity, quaternary, predations, sangfroid, perfidy, rubicund, pustule, and seditious. With a less-skilled author, the inclusion of such words might seem forced or pretentious, but in the context of Hardinge's novels they strike me as precisely the right words to convey the...more
Rachel
Wonderful, her best yet. I was enthralled from start to finish.
Alarra
Liked this sequel to Fly By Night too (which was called Twilight Robbery on my copy). Still goes at breakneck speed, but I think I kept up with the twists and turns a little better this time. I even guessed the ultimate mastermind early on! But it was fun to see how we got to that point, and how Mosca maneuveurs her way out of one tricky spot after another.

I think there are still too many ideas, too many characters who serve the plot but end up a little undeserved by the writing, but the centra...more
Alexandra
Reading Frances Hardinge is all about Saracen, for me. Saracen the evil-eyed bully-boy goose.

Of course, there is also Mosca, his owner. This is a world where so many little gods - the Beloved - are worshipped that rather than having their own day, the Beloved have certain hours of a day devoted to them; being born in a Beloved's time determines your name and, in people's eyes, your very nature. Mosca was born at the time of Palpitattle, He Who Keeps Flies out of Jam and Butterchurns - Lord of th...more
Candy Wood
Twilight Robbery (much better than the US title) is one of those 500+-page children’s novels that moves along at a breathtaking clip, with plenty of wordplay and intriguingly grotesque characters to keep older readers interested too. Though it’s a sequel to Fly By Night, it isn’t necessary to have read that one to appreciate this outing of Mosca Mye, Eponymous Clent, and Mosca’s warrior goose, Saracen. This time they’re in a walled town that has two completely separate lives, Toll-by-Day and Tol...more
Birgit
Finding themselves in a town where everything is divided into day and night, and the wrong name can put you right into the dangerous nocturnal realms, orphan Mosca Mye and her friend Eponymous Clent once again find trouble ahead and trouble on their heels too. Little did I know that Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge is actually the second novel about the girl Mosca Mye, but rest assured it can easily be read as a stand alone novel.
Once again I need to put on my comparison hat and point out ho...more
Maureen E
Opening: "'Read the paper for you, sir?' One small voice strove against the thunder of rain, the shuffle and huff of the passing mules, the damp flap of canvas as the last sodden stall holders gave up their fight against the dismal weather."

I have somewhat of an odd history with Frances Hardinge. If you asked me what I thought of her, I would wax very enthusiastic. And yet, every time I try to read one of her books, I start and stop and generally don't find it easy to get into. I tried to read T...more
Krishna
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Tanya
Jul 29, 2013 Tanya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone with a sense of humour, a love of words and a weakness for intelligent children's writing.
Recommended to Tanya by: Me, and I'm going to reward myself plenty for doing so.
I can't tell you how much I love this woman's writing. I simply can't. Ever since I read Fly By Night, I've been a fan. I can't tell you much about what reading this book was like - I was in a daze for most of it - but if I said I was reduced to a creature that fervently kept turning the pages, marveling at how she makes words bend to her will, laughing really loudly every once in a while, staring wide-eyed at the book every time something unexpected happened (which, towards the end, was every t...more
Judy
Aug 07, 2011 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: kids and adults


While reading Fly Trap, I was struck by how fantasy, in all its many forms and for any given age group, just might be the most fun one can have as a reader. Who can ever forget their first reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Children of the Amulet? Portals to other worlds, strange creatures, and odd twists of time are such lovely flights of imagination in which not everything has to make sense. Always there is the delicious thrill of evil lurking, and always a hero or heroine...more
Pica
Read the full review at Pica Reads.

Fly Trap was a wonderful read, full of complexities, twists, and masterful wordsmithing, but it didn't enchant me the way Fly By Night did. (Click the link for my review.)

All the best elements of Fly By Night were present in Fly Trap. Great characters throughout the novel, far more than Mosca and Clent alone, breathed life into the story (although some of my favorite secondary characters, sadly, did not make an appearance). As for original settings, Hardinge's...more
Chelsea
I adore Frances Hardinge's writing. The world she created in Fly by Night, and now, Fly Trap, is so rich, and the way she describes it is witty, vivid, and so much fun. You won't find better character names or insults. There are so few writers right now who really seem to enjoy language as much as Hardinge, and it makes for a delicious reading experience.

Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent (and Saracen the Goose) are back on the road again after some unfortunate encounters. They find themselves trappe...more
David Hebblethwaite
I keep hearing Frances Hardinge’s name mentioned as a YA fantasy writer whose work is of interest to adult readers; here’s my chance to judge for myself. Twilight Robbery is the standalone sequel to Hardinge’s debut, Fly By Night; it’s the continued adventures of an orphan girl named Mosca Mye, and her companions, Eponymous Clent (a thief and con artist) and Saracen (a goose whose default temperament is that of the Unseen University Librarian when the latter gets called a monkey). Travelling to...more
Cassie
As always I love Mosca, Eponymous Clent and who could forget that "chirfugging" goose Sarcen?

I love Frances Hardinge's writing style. I don't always agree with her opinions but I do respect the fact that she believes them.

In this story Mosca and Mr Clent have stumbled, or rather run into the town of Toll. (I would like to note that I adore the unique names that fill the pages of this story.) I love the whole night-Toll vs daylight-Toll plot points. And many zany, soon to become infamous misadv...more
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Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and the two things inspired her to write strange, magical stories from an early age. She studied English at Oxford University and now lives in Oxford, England.
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“I generally find,' Clent murmured after a pause, 'that it is best to treat borrowed time the same way as borrowed money. Spend it with panache, and try to be somewhere else when it runs out.'

'And when we get found, Mr. Clent, when the creditors and bailiffs come after us and it's payment time...'

'...then we borrow more, madam, at a higher interest. We embark on a wilder gamble, make a bigger promise, tell a braver story, devise a more intricate lie, sell the hides of imaginary dragons to desperate men, climb to even higher and more precarious ground...and later, of course, our fall and catastrophe will be all the worse, but later will be our watchword, Mosca. We have nothing else - but we can at least make later later.”
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