A Darkling Plain
The great Traction City of London now lies in ruins. Once, not so long ago, it hunted other cities across the vast wastes of a devastated land. Now it is a poisonous, lifeless wreck - until Tom Natsworthy and his daughter, Wren, uncover the secret hidden in its dark heart. It's a secret that could bring an ...more
Dear Philip Reeve: I really enjoy the books in your Hungry City Chronicles. They are fine stories with creative and compelling plots, often amusing dialog and interesting characters. You are, however, starting to piss me off. I'm on page 61 of the fourth book and I come to the following passage:
"Lady Naga made a horrible gurgling noise, like the last of the bathwater heading down the ...more
And so they lived happily ever after... (What I wanted)
What I got: And so the world moved on... (Which was definitely crueler)
It's one of the most under-appreciated books of recent years and given the fact that it's unique, unusual and witty, I suggest you go develop some taste and read it.
The story comes full circle in A Darkling Plain and if there's one thing I've come to learn about Philip Reeve it's that he takes you off-guard. He concluded each of his four books so satisfyingly I was almost...more
No, I'm not going to put in a major spoiler and ruin it for everyone even though it's tempting.
But to be brief as I always am when writing reviews. After all what is a review for but to inform the reader that they want to read the book and to give a little detail about the book.
But basically all any science fiction aficionado needs to know is that there are reanimated men as stalkers, there are orbiting death ...more
Before I even talk about the story and ...more
Thinking about the book, I suspect that I wouldn't have liked it so much, or been so glued to it, if I hadn't already been deeply invested in these characters from previous books. Tom and Hester especially, who see their story draw to what is probably its unavoidable close. The ending is fantastic, ...more
So many things in this book bothered me. I have no idea why Tom and Hester acted the way they did. It seemed like they weren't really parents at this point. Plus the whole leaving Wren to go find his wife with just a stupid ass note - oh hell no. Murder was in my eyes.
Not like I actually ...more
World: The world is simply the best thing about this series. The dense, creative and mind blowingly deep world that Reeve has created here is the sole reason that I was able to finish this series. The sandbox that is created here gives a huge sense of discovery and wonder with the little bits and pieces of the past the Reeve sprinkles into his world (like the iPod) to tease and delight ...more
I can't believe this story is coming to an end. I will miss it SO much!
The final installment for The Hungry City Chronicles is finally here, and is a triumph. Who wouldn’t consider it a triumph after diligently reading through the previous books, enduring every twist and battle, to not have an appropriate ending for the characters and the story in general? It was a bit hard to get used to the idea that Tom and Hester weren’t together (or that their love had faded in the story), ...more
So I liked the first one, the second was OK but I really only read the third based on the fact the blurb seemed to take an nteresting turn. I loved it and then it all gets wrapped up by this one.
I loved this one too.
It had all the good bits from the others and then some.
The world building was again excellent and we even had some more old and new tech to understand. But again even though it seemed complex it still burst off the pages.
I think the characterizations were spot on in this one. ...more
Spoilers Ahead: (view spoiler)[Most book series depict the evolution of a hero. Usually the hero gets by in the first or second book thanks to sheer dumb luck, and by the end of a series, the hero has matured, evolved, become ...more
I think the main thing is that the ...more
1.) Hester struggling emotions were expressed over 4 books as she struggled to reconcile with her identity as Valemtines daughter.
2.) Alot of action takes place with little to no details. I wish there was more details to add to the fast paced plot.
3) one pro was similar character display of Pennyroyal. He is selfish and only cares for himself.
There were so many mehhhh moments with this book that I don’t want to overdo it but keep this short and sweet. So let’s bring out the wonderful dot points!
• Was this even edited?
• Why are we still in their heads?!?! Annoying
• World building can no longer save this book like it did the last three
• Everything is tense but with no climax – it’s a massive blue-balls moments
• Needed salt… or some ...more
I actually wanted to whine and shout about the ending because there is still so much to talk about but the last five pages changed my mind. They made me bawl my eyes out and I actually felt good with how it ended.
The entire Mortal Engine series is a sad collection of missed opportunities. It has a weird entertainment value, which is why I read all four books. The plotting is fast-paced and rarely takes a breath. The world building--provided you can get past the impossible physics of mobile cities--is imaginative and the imagery original and cinematic. The characterization, with its reliance on often impossibly naive protagonists, nonetheless, is a realistic depiction of ...more
This version of a post apocalyptic world is very interesting to me, the world is imaginative, but the story begs to be written better. Characters were one dimensional, predictable, and hard to care about. Dialogue was extremely simple and cringe-worthy. It was a ...more
That Romeo and Juliet bullshit absolutely destroyed me and i was really looking forward to read some other books, but guess ill have to wait for a while
And that last chapter with shrike and jsvhdjcbs
I loved the world Reeve has built from the first book. But I was annoyed of the weird rules of the world that needed several deus-ex-machinas to get out of impossible spots like a bad B-movie. Shrike gets established as a ...more
I enjoyed Mortal Engines and thought the next two books OK. But this just was fantastic. So many references and ideas hidden within a world, without becoming a dark Dystopia.
"...showed an Eight armed image of the Thatcher, all devouring goddess of the unified Municipal Darwinism." Great stuff
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 ...more