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Larklight by Philip Reeve
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Jun 20, 12

bookshelves: ms-kathy, ya-fiction
Read in June, 2012

First book in the delightful Larklight series (Starcross is the next), this romp through space (actually "the farthest reaches of space," according to the book's subtitle), and a bit of time, introduces us to the Mumbys (Art, Myrtle, Father, and four-and-a-half-billion-year-old somewhat deceased Mother), as well as Jack Havock, Sirs Waverley Rain and Richard Burton, Nipper, Mr. Grindle, Mr. Munkulus, and ship's alchemist Ssillissa, among others. When mysterious Mr. Webster sends Mumby père a note, written on Royal Xenological Society stationery no less, saying that he would like to visit the Mumby family home in the aether, known as Larklight, the family's "misfortunes," as Art calls them, begin. But trouble is given as well as got. And with Jack's help, along with that of the crew of his brig Sophronia, lots of rousing battles ensue between various enemies (such as those blasted spiders) before the final scene. Which scene, of course, I will not reveal. Read it and find out. The journey is the fun.
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