Philip Reeve : Mortal Engines and other novels

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Philip Reeve : Mortal Engines and other novels

Postby jainaxf » Thu 03 Jun, 2010 19:13

Do you know him ? He is a "children" (his novels are often quite mature !) literature author !
Here is a short biography :

Philip Reeve (born 1966 in Brighton) is a British author and illustrator. He presently lives on Dartmoor with his wife Sarah and their son Samuel.Reeve studied illustration, first at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (CCAT - now Anglia Ruskin University), where he contributed a comic strip to the Student Union magazine, and later at Brighton Polytechnic (now the University of Brighton). Before becoming a professional illustrator he worked at a bookshop in Brighton for several years. During his student years and for a few years afterwards he wrote for and performed in comedy sketch shows with a variety of collaborators under various group names, among them The Charles Atlas Sisters.

He provided cartoons for many books including those in the Horrible Histories and the Murderous Maths series and wrote the Buster Bayliss series series of books for young readers, which currently includes Night of the Living Veg, The Big Freeze, Day of the Hamster, and Custardfinger. He is also the author and illustrator of a Dead Famous book, Horatio Nelson and His Victory.

His first book for older readers was Mortal Engines which won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book Award. Mortal Engines is the first book in the Mortal Engines Quartet series, which also includes Reeve's Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain. The books are about the lives of two young adventurers, Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw, who live in a lawless post-apocalyptic world inhabited by moving cities.

His 2007 novel, Here Lies Arthur, an alternative version of the Arthurian legend, was awarded the Carnegie Medal. The first novel of his steampunk series set in outer space, Larklight, was under development as a film directed by Indian director Shekhar Kapur, but the director is no longer attached and the future of the film is in doubt. Reeve himself professes that, when planning out stories for his novels, "I see it as a film that I run in my head, and I just keep running alternative versions of it until I come up with a cut I like."[1]

His Mortal Engines quartet is set in a post-apocalyptic universe with a steampunk technoly (zeppelins, unreliable steam inventions ...)


MORTAL ENGINES launched Philip Reeve's brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future.The first installment introduces young apprentice Tom Natsworthy and the murderous Hester Shaw flung from the fast-moving city of London into heart-stopping adventures in the wastelands of the Great Hunting Ground. Repackaged with a stunning double cover and eye-catching new brand look that features the famous recycled 'Old-Tech' of Reeve's fantastic world

There is a lot of suspense, a vast universe (4volumes + one prequel in 2 books) and complex characters who are not black and white ! :yeah:
As you cab see, I'm quite a fan, I found this series to be outstanding and well-built !
Yes, the atmosphere is quite dark, almost as dark as A Song of Ice and Fire sometimes, but there are some rays of hope ! And it is very well done, almost like a modern Greek Tragedy ! :wink:
Moreover, you can see the characters evolve on quite a long period, in a good and/or bad way !

The prequel is really nice as well, I have just finished reading it !

The author also write a series of novels in a Victorian Empire IN SPACE !

Larklight trilogy

* Larklight (2006)
* Starcross (2007)
* Mothstorm (2008)

I haven't read those yet ...

He also wrote some historic fantasy : I'm particularly intrigued by his take on the Arthurian Legend !

Other novels

* Horatio Nelson and His Victory (2003)
* Here Lies Arthur (2007)
* No Such Thing As Dragons (2009)

He wrote some other books, but they are for young children !
He is also an illustrator for the following books :

Pantsacadabra! (2006) (with Kjartan Poskitt)
* Urgum the Axeman (2006) (with Kjartan Poskitt)
* Murderous Maths (series) (with Kjartan Poskitt)
* Awful Art (1997) (with Michael Cox)
* No Such Thing As Dragons (2009) (own book)

To conclude, here is an author to discover ! Does anyone know him ? :bounce:

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Re: Philip Reeve : Mortal Engines and other novels

Postby Chevalier Bayard » Fri 04 Jun, 2010 02:29

I had never heard about him yet but as I was looking for a nice steampunk universe, this could fit perfectly in my next readings. Cheers ! :gj:

On a more TLF technical point, can you please be careful to host your pics on TLF server (you've got information in the Staff forum) or on TinyPic (you've got a panel below when you're posting). Some pics you've used are not appearing here :(

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