A Darkling Plain – Philip Reeve

Just finished reading A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve. This is the last of four books that Alan has been reading, and I had read the other three a year or more ago and thought they were great.  So, making a change from Alan or Kat cadging books off us, I read it one of his.  This was also super.  Best of all in a childrens book is characters that aren’t perfect – sometimes good, sometimes not.  The science is pretty hairy (I don’t think ‘municipal Darwinism’ would ever be sensible), but the story is good, and not all plot development is obvious.  Overall, much more satisfying than the Harry Potter series, though not up to the standard of the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy by Philip Pullman.

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2 Responses to A Darkling Plain – Philip Reeve

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    I think Reeve is going to be a big star, a la Neil Gaiman. I thought one of his young adult offerings (MORTAL ENGINES. was that the title? The story involved cities on treads, preying on each other) was out and out brilliant. Definitely an author to watch…

  2. Greg says:

    Mortal Engines was the first in this series, and whilst it as good and very inventive, A Darkling Plain is better (IMHO of course)

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