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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Arthur (Art) Mumsby and his irritating sister, Myrtle live with their father in a huge and rambling house called Larklight...that just happens to be traveling through outer space.

When a visitor called Mr. Webster arrives unexpectedly, it is far from an innocent social call. Before long Art and Myrtle are off on an adventure to the farthest reaches of space, where they will do battle with evil forces in order to save each other-and the universe. A fantastically original Victorian tale set in an outer space world that might have come from the imaginations of Jules Verne or L. Frank Baum, but has a unique gravitational pull all its own...

An adventure as big as the universe!
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"Reeve's humor is oh-so-British and utterly entertaining...and Wyatt's full-page pen-and-inks and spot illustrations enhance the sense of delight. The climax is an absolute hoot, and leaves the door wide open for any number of sequels."- Publishers Weekly , starred review
"The glory of Empire meets Star Trek in this space fantasy-picaresque that Edgar Rice Burroughs would have loved. ...Art, the quintessential boy, narrates this rip-roaring adventure, allowing his very ladylike sister's diary to fill in the holes when they are separated, and the interplay between the two is priceless in itself. Jolly good fun, all around."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This wildly imaginative sci-fi pirate adventure has tongue-in-cheek humor and social commentary on accepting those who are different, among other things. ...Reeve's cinematic prose describes his fantastic universe while also conveying a Victorian sensibility. Whimsical, detailed black-and-white illustrations enhance the text. Readers will eagerly suspend disbelief; they will be riveted by the exciting plot's twists and turns as our heroes face death-defying adventures and narrow escapes, all at a frenetic pace. As Art would declare, 'Huz

Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Children's Books : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781599900209
1599900203
Branch Call Number: j F REEVE P
Characteristics: 399 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wyatt, David

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martha_w 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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