Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Larklight

Sometimes when I pick a book, I am first drawn to the illustrations. This is one of those books. Most of you probably don’t look at the copyright page, but with this book the author Philip Reeve has added something not ordinarily part of that page -- "The pages of this volume are impregnated with Snagsby's Patent Folio-dubbin to preserve them against the depredations of space moth and paper bats."

The full title of this book is Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space, and it is authored by Philip Reeve

Art Mumby is the narrator in this novel. He and his sister Myrtle and their father live in a house, Larklight, that orbits the Moon. This novel has some H.G. Wells, as well as some Madeline L’Engle. It is a fantasy different than many – it is set in Victorian times yet the Martians are being observed and there are all manner of creatures. One of those is the villainous Mr. Webster, an arthropod. The adventure also includes pirates.

The website that goes with this novel is very intriguing too.

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