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Larklight by Philip Reeve
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Aug 21, 09

bookshelves: adventure, children, humor, mystery, science-fiction

In an alternate Victorian era in which Sir Isaac Newton discovered space travel in the 18th century, thus offering the British a rather wider scope for their empire, the Mumbys live at Larklight, an old mansion in orbit beyond the moon. When the house is overtaken by giant space spiders, the Mumby children, Art and Myrtle, are forced into a fantastic and hilarious adventure, and pull through by showing True British Pluck. Reeve is amazingly creative, and you never know what creature or invention will appear on the next page (illustrated by David Wyatt). Something else I particularly admire is that although Reeve continually parodies adventure stories from Victorian Boys’ Own-type magazines, he does it with an immense and obvious fondness; a true appreciation, no matter how silly it might be, for True British Pluck. The sequel is Starcross: a Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel and Curious Hats. Both are steampunk at its most rollicking and charming.
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