Larklight, Or, The Revenge of the White Spiders!, Or, To Saturn's Rings and Back!

Larklight, Or, The Revenge of the White Spiders!, Or, To Saturn's Rings and Back!

A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space

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In an alternate Victorian England, young Arthur and his sister Myrtle, residents of Larklight, a floating house in one of Her Majesty's outer space territories, uncover a spidery plot to destroy the solar system
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781599900209
1599900203
Branch Call Number: JSF Ree
Characteristics: 399 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Wyatt, David - Illustrator

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marthabwaters
May 26, 2015

I'm not generally a fan of either steampunk or sci-fi, but this story -- Victorian England in outer space, essentially -- was really fun. The protagonist, Art, is a great narrator, and the preservation of lots of traditional English period details were extra entertaining when included alongside spiders kidnapping kids in space. An enjoyable read.

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kalio
Oct 28, 2010

The year is 1851. Victoria is queen; Prince Albert is her husband. Plucky Art Mumby and his fussy big sister Myrtle are loyal subjects of the Crown. But they don?t live in England. They don?t live in Canada or Australia or India or anywhere else in the British Empire?the British Empire on Earth, that is. In this Victorian England, Britain?s colonies extend into the far reaches of space (thanks to Sir Isaac Newton, whose discoveries in the 1700s made the ?Conquest of Space? possible). So Art and Myrtle live with their absent-minded father at Larklight, a ramshackle old mansion that orbits somewhere beyond the moon. It?s a bit dull out in outer space, but when a pack of giant white spiders invade early one morning and capture their father, things perk up considerably. Rescued by teenage space-pirate Jack Havock and his motley crew of alien misfits, Art and Myrtle embark on a voyage across the galaxy to solve the mystery of the very large spiders. Along the way they encounter moon moths, a mad scientist, and plenty of other space monsters. Art narrates for the most part, with Myrtle?s prim and proper (and very funny) diary entries filling in a few holes. The tone throughout is breezy and whimsical and very merry indeed. Author Philip Reeve delivers a whole lot of futuristic space technology that is firmly rooted in a comical Victorian sensibility, and the whole is a riotous steampunk romp that transcends age and makes for rip-roaring adventure.

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