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Starcross Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747589135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747589136
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Larklight is completely engrossing, miss-your-Tube-station excellent. The first in a new series by the writer of the popular Hungry Cities Chronicles, it is a brilliantly witty quest set in outer space that will get children turning pages at the speed of light.' Telegraph 'Reeve's mechanical fantasy world is every bit as enthralling as in his Infernal Engines, and Wyatt's illustrations add to the fascination.' Independent 'Remarkable Out of this world.' Sunday Times 'It's a fully illustrated book - pictures by David Wyatt - that harks back to the adventure stories I remember reading as a child. Any fan of fantasy or science will love it. Charlie Higson, Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Philip Reeve was born and grew up in Brighton. He worked in a bookshop there and on various other projects before starting a career as an illustrator. Although he has been writing stories since he was very young, Mortal Engines was the first to be published - and to incredible critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for The Whitbread Children's Book Award and was awarded the GOLD Nestle Smarties Book Prize as well as being named The Blue Peter Book of the Year 2003. Philip lives in Devon with this wife and son. Illustrator David Wyatt has worked on many beautiful covers for authors, including Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Diana Wynne-Jones, Alan Garner and JRR Tolkien. He lives in an ancient house in a graveyard in Devon, and is a keen lutist, cyclist and wanderer of the moors.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
In this, the second novel in the series of Larklight by Philip Reeve the heroes of the original return in an adventure of bewilderment, adventure and mystery as secrets uncovered from the first outing return to cause not only problems but require solutions. As with the original its quintessentially British in its offering with typical humour, the stiff upper lip attitude and above all the message that no problem is insurmountable. A great second offering from the author and one that really has made me a firm fan. I really can't wait for the third part.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Francis on 13 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you love J.K.Rowling you will love Philip Reeve.

A rip roaring adventure through the victorian cosmos, stopping for
afternoon tea and cakes, naturally.

Wonderfully written and illustrated. the book tells of the adventures of brother and sister, Art and Myrtle Mumby.
Set in the victorian cosmos (they thought we could breath in space) they have exciting adventures. Fighting off robots, black spectral space brain control things, mad scientists, French secret agents, all with the help of space pirates.
Its a fantastic read.
I am probably not the sort of person that this book was aimed at, No, im not a middle teen nor am i a pre-teen fan of the Harry Potter books who fancied a change of read. I am in fact a 28 year old civil engineer from kent, with a wife and a baby boy on his way.
It just goes to show that this book can appeal to anyone.
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Format: Hardcover
Starcross is a wonderful continuation of the Larklight series, following the continuing adventures of the Mumby family in their Steampunk adventures in space. In a universe wonderfully illustrated by Mr Wyatt, Mr Reeve presents deep-space fish, trains that traverse the aether between asteroids, aliens both friendly and terrible, space pirates and secret government agents, automatons and the VERY latest in Victorian-styled bathing costumes!

I found it lots of fun - and if I could I'd give it a 4.9, as it's just not quite as good as Larklight, the prequel. I'd recommend reading Larklight first, as it provides a lot of the character background. Looking forward to Mothstorm!
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By Funforus on 27 Jan. 2011
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Bought originally for my 14yo for Christmas he turned up his nose and 11yo said could he have it instead! He read it in a day and obviously enjoyed it so 14yo suddenly wanted it back . . . he then read it from cover to cover in a day and a half, fast for him.

I then got to read it.

I don't think it (and its companions in the series) is / are as intrically thought out as the Mortal Engines / Hungry Cities quartet. However the empirical test is the effect they have on my boys and here the score is the same. Therefore, I have to award this book five stars!
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an innocent action adventure book for juvenile/adult alike. Reeve has a nice way of writing a story and these books lead onto a series of books. I liked them so much I bought the whole Reeve collection of moving cities, dragons,goblins and all. very nice.
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By Simon A. Wright on 9 April 2009
Format: Paperback
excellent sequel as good as the first book at least as good as the first one i thought.More odd aliens and more daring do-what more could we ask for?
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