by Philip Reeve
Arthur (Art) Mumby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father in the huge and rambling house, Larklight, travelling through space on a remote orbit far beyond the Moon.
One ordinary sort of morning they receive a correspondence informing them that a gentleman is on his way to visit, a Mr Webster.
Visitors to Larklight are rare if not unique, and a frenzy of preparation ensues.
But it is entirely the wrong sort of preparation, as they discover when their guest arrives, and a Dreadful and Terrifying (and Marvellous) adventure begins.
It takes them to the furthest reaches of Known Space, where they must battle the evil First Ones in a desperate attempt to save each other - and the Universe.
Recounted through the eyes of Art himself, Larklight is sumptuously designed and illustrated throughout.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, B&W Illustrations throughout
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 06/07/2009
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781408800607
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Review by Sorrel
In a universe where aetheric icthyomorphs flit through space and Sir Isaac Newton discovered the key to accessible space travel, the British Empire is far reaching, and the Mumby family live contentedly in their quirky orbital home. Until they are attacked by giant pseudo spiders. What follows is <i>“A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space,”</i> told with charmingly na?ve and over-the-top British patriotism. There is something about the alternative natural science that didn’t quite win me over, but on the whole Reeve’s universe is interesting to explore. The adventure is tightly plotted, ripping good fun, and finishes as all adventures should, with a nice cup of tea.