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Larklight, or, The revenge of the white spiders!, or, To Saturn's rings and back
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Join Art Mumby and his irritating sister Myrtle in their enormous orbiting Victorian space house, Larklight. You will encounter a band of space pirates as well as elephant-sized spiders, hoverdogs, and famous explorers in this exciting adventure tale.
posted Jan 4, 2007 at 10:54AM
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.
posted Oct 28, 2010 at 4:32PM
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British; living with their father at Larklight during the reign of Queen Victoria; Britain controls most of Earth; including Venus, Mars, and the moons of Jupiter; Larklight is a home that hangs just beyond the moon; is happy living in the suburbs of the solar system; giant spiders attack their home and their father disappears; rescued by young space pirate with a grudge against the Empire.
British; living with their father at Larklight during the reign of Queen Victoria; Larklight is a home that hangs just beyond the moon; longs for the excitement of London's social scene..