Black Light Express
Now the Network is on the brink o ...more
Here he (the author) mentions that Black Light Express is "the first sequel to Railhead", which strongly …moreSee: http://www.philip-reeve.com/black-lig...
Here he (the author) mentions that Black Light Express is "the first sequel to Railhead", which strongly suggests to me that a 2nd sequel is in the works.
I'd expect so, since nearly every (other) plot thread is still hanging; only Zen & Nova's romance arc has any real kind of conclusion at the end of "Black Light Express".(less)
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Reeve has created a whole universe of fantastical wonders in Railhead and Black Light Express. To be honest, I wasn't rushing out to read this sequel because I worried it couldn't possibly be as good as the first one, which introduced some of the best world-building I've ever seen. As I said in my review, Railhead is a book for the curious, for those who ask questions, and wonder about the secrets and mysteries of the great wide universe. But ...more
Why this series is so unknown and underrated is a big mystery to me, because the Railhead books have of the most incredible and creative world-building I’ve ever read. In these novels the universe is huge but not overwhelming, rich with details but never overcomplicated. You’ll find alien races, virtual gods, androids or “Motoriks” and humans living side by side – and it works. It works amaz ...more
I love the expansion of the Railhead universe in this book. The Web of ...more
In book 1, Railhead, readers enter a universe in which humans can travel through space on sentient locomotives using “K-gates” to other worlds. No one knows where these mysterious portals came from or who laid the rails, but legend has it that the Station Angels of book 1 had something to do with these mysterious “railmakers.” Book 1 also introduces us to a cast of humans, machines and a small number of robots called “motorik” who are nearly human themselves. The plot revolves around ...more
The world this is set in is so amazing, I have never encountered anything similar. The last book introduced us to world where you could travel between interstellar train stations, where trains are living beings with attitude, there are hive beasts made up of a community of insects that think as one, and so, ...more
Zen sat awkwardly watching, with Nova’s head on his lap as if it were a bag or something. He had imagined finding Nova alive, and he had been afraid of finding her dead, but he had not prepared himself for finding her in pieces. He’d been wondering a lot about what made someone human, and he had been read
Well, wow. I was not expecting this. Though to be honest, now I think that my review of Railhead was a little harsh. I just really don't think I appreciated it enough when I read it. I really enjoyed this one though! I was really into it and appreciated the world building a LOT more this time. Though technically I don't think this should be on the longlist, as it IS a sequel, and how can you judge a sequel alone? And this isn't a companion novel, you cannot read ...more
There is still wonder here. The Web of Worlds that Zen and Nova discover is incredible, full of strange and mysterious races, but this story isn’t really much about them. In fact, even though Zen and Nova start this book, they then vanish for a big chunk of it while we catch up with other characte ...more
Apart from taking a hecka long time to read, this was a fabulous book! I really didn't like Railhead much, but I liked it enough to continue with the series, and I'm so glad I did!
The world so interesting! I think the author was really able to run with it in this book because we were already acclimated to the basic world. There are so many interesting new creatures, cultures, planets, and ideas. It was so much fun.
It was hilarious! This is exactly my kind of humor. The talking trains ...more
"It was really boring, being just a head."
"It was always a problem, what to do with old trains. You couldn’t just scrap them when they became outmoded. Trains were at least as self-aware as peo ...more
(view spoiler)[I wish that Yanvar Malik hadn't died, though. Philip Reeve is always merciless with his characters, and Malik isn't the first or last character to die by any means, but I wish that the canonical ...more
“These are new worlds, Zen. We don't have to be what we were any more. We can be anything that we want. We can be humans together.”
There was so much to ...more
I've made no secret elsewhere of my admiration for Philip Reeve's work, and Black Light Express certainly does many of the things ...more
Oh, Black Light Express... Not as good as Railhead. Let's get that out of the way. It's good in its own right, though, and manages not to suffer from second book disappointment syndrome. Where Railhead was about Zen and Nova's journeys and getting readers into the world, Black Light Express is about taking things elsewhere. The two books mesh together well and it helps to have read the first to really unders ...more
Cross-posted fromNightjar's Jar of Books.
[Warning: This is a spoiler-free review, but I will be referencing some events from the first book in the series, so if you haven’t started it at all yet, beware. Click here for my review of Railhead.]
Zen and Nova have escaped from the Network Empire aboard the Damask Rose, and must now make a new life for themselves in an entirely new world, unknown to humans, but far from uninhabited. Meanwhile, Threnody - now Empress - releases the criminal Chandni...more
I'm glad I waited this much to read the second book of the Railhead series because maybe now I won't have to wait long for the third and last book. It’s already the end. It’s never easy.
Zen and Nova took the new gate to an unexplored part of the galaxy and will meet quite a few interest characters. Their love is pure and adorable, never too much, never forced, just right for the kind of book we’re reading. There’s nothing wrong abo ...more
The world of 'Black Light Express' is a bit confusing if you haven't been properly introduced, especially given you're dealing with talking trains and people in freezers, but you can get swept away pretty quick.
What threw me most was how the beginning chapter dealt with Zen Starling and Nova, before moving on to Chandni Hansa and Empres ...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.
Railhead, published by Oxford Un ...more