Friday, June 08, 2007

Larklight by Philip Reeve

In this crazy fantasy book you have to believe that space travel and exploration were commonplace in the 1800s, and that Great Britain "ruled the waves" of outer space as well as most of the world. Philip Reeve, himself a British author, makes this action-packed science fiction/fantasy book also a Victorian melodrama. The vocabulary is tough and I imagine kids will miss much of the Victorian humor, but some dauntless readers will be love the story of Art Mumby and his sister Myrtle who escape the giant spiders that attack their home and take off on a fantastic journey through space on a pirate ship ruled by a young pirate king and his motley band of intergalactic pirates. Recommended for smart kids who are good readers.

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