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Larklight (Larklight #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,806 Ratings  ·  500 Reviews
Arthur (Art) Mumby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father in the huge and rambling house, Larklight, travelling through space on a remote orbit far beyond the Moon. One ordinary sort of morning they receive a correspondence informing them that a gentleman is on his way to visit, a Mr Webster. Visitors to Larklight are rare if not unique, and a frenzy of pr ...more
ebook, 216 pages
Published July 4th 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published September 19th 2006)
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Dan Schwent
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Art and Myrtle Mumby live in Larklight, a house that orbits Earth beyond the moon, with their father, their mother having disappeared years earlier and thought dead in an aethership wreck, until one day, monstrous white spiders attack Larklight and send them scurrying. Can Art and Myrtle save their father, Larklight, and the entire British Empire?

First off, if I was thirteen, this would be my favorite book of all time. Larklight takes place in the 1850s, only it's an 1850's with Jules Verne-esqu
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Quasar (thank you SO much!)
2 March 2008

Huzzah! What a glorious tale. I loved it! Certainly one of my new-favorite books; besides being oodles of fun to read, it was thoughtful, imaginative, charming, adventurous, surprisingly well written with delightful illustrations. I would never have believed that a Victorian outer-space adventure with aether-ship pirates, giant talking spiders, plots against the Empire (oh no! God Save the Queen!) and hoverhogs could fit together so perfectly, conveyed by the pen of a brave British
I honestly think this is one of my new favorite books! Absolutely wonderful! Funny, creative, cute, charming, endearing, fast-paced, and sweet!
Delightful characters fill the book from cover to cover. The plot is both intriguing and pretty complex without being too confusing or obvious. The illustrations add to story and seem very fitting to the style of writing.
The book is filled with wit and heart. I adored it!
So, I already love it! Just about 100 pages into it, and it's delightful! The char
Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mary, Elizabeth, Adam, Marsha. Steampunk fans, anyone wanting an easy (but not dumb) YA title
Shelves: steampunk, own, juvenile
It's the steampunkiest!
This book was so much fun. Literally my only complaint is a few things at the end seemed wrapped up a little improbably. But wait... this is a Victorian Space Drama! Who am I to question what's probable? Hah. Anyway, the narrator is a delightful little opinionated boy, and the plot moves along at a quite a clip, propelled by the chemical wedding in the aether engines, no doubt. I would totally recommend this to anybody, it's quick and fun. Definitely giggled outloud a bunc
Zen Cho
Sep 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, victorian, kidslit
So much fun! There isn't any other word for the book: just, fun. I'd pretty much recommend this without any qualifications.

More light-hearted than the Hungry Cities Chronicles. I'm not sure if it's better. I think I like it better, though I don't love any of the characters as much as I loved Hester, because I was really quite annoyed by the way the books ended -- I couldn't have told you what should have happened, but what did happen felt like a cop-out. I suppose I might get as annoyed over La
Arielle Walker
A lot of fun - and I really liked the cheeky references to classic sci-fi, especially H.G Wells!
I'm normally a huge lover of books directed at kids but this one just didn't blow me away and I can't pinpoint why.

It's steampunk and directed towards kids in the 10 year age group (I'm guessing). The science is so completely wrong that it's obviously written that way. I assume because the story is set a century or so ago and knowledge of space would have been very wrong at best, even though space travel is commonplace in this story. For example, space is not a vacuum as we know it - it's aethe
Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Renay by: honestly mem
2016 02 23:
Still as adorable as I remember!!!!

2007 01 01:
I wish I knew how to get people to read this book. This book is fabulous. It's very much speculative fiction, told in a Victorian style, a what-if romp through what might have happened if space had been like people of the 19th century had imagined and the British took their colonization ideals out into the far reaches of the solar system. It is amazing and creative and so full of imagination I am not quite sure how all the fantastic elemen
Aptly subtitled "A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space," this is an enjoyable read for ages nine (or thereabouts) and up.
It is an adventure set in a Victorian space age, written as Jules Verne or H.G. Wells might have imagined it. The plot is exciting, the writing deft and witty, so that adults are likely to enjoy the reading experience just as much as kids. There's some fun and interesting playing with gender conventions, too, as the narrator's older sister yearns
Feb 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. That turned into quite the chore to read. The only thing that piqued my interest was the hoverhogs, which are floating pig-like creatures that clean up rubbish. That was it.

I think the general idea of this book had a lot of potential, but only if everything was different. Haha! But seriously -- I would've preferred reading about older kids and leaving the parents out of the picture completely. I basically wanted the entire book to be more mature.

My biggest beef with this book? Censorship.
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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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“I felt a little like saying 'Eeeeeeeeek!' myself, but seeing Myrtle so afraid reminded me that I was British, and must be brave.” 7 likes
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