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Frances Hardinge - Twilight Robbery (2011)

This is smashing fun. (And features a good deal of smashing action.)

Sequel to Fly By Night, it features the further desparate adventures of Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clench, an improbable city, credible companions, unlikely villains, sundry improbable Beloveds, and a goose.

I laughed out loud a lot, read witty bits aloud to B, felt genuinely queasy at the perilous moments, genuinely moved at the moving moments, and thoroughly amused and entertained by the whole thing. Hardinge creates a fairy tale country, perhaps adjacent to The Phantom Tolbooth (Juster), or The Thirteen Clocks and The Wonderful O (Thurber), so the unlikely and impossible aspects of the story can safely be ignored. My only criticism: I wish she hadn't given such a determined nod to nominative determinism.

But if you like this kind of literary thing this is thoroughly to be recommended. Oh, and much more than Fly By Night it cries out to be filmed - think Chitty Chitty Bang Bang without the songs!

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eledonecirrhosa
11th Jan, 2015 16:43 (UTC)
That's on my To Read list. I liked Fly By Night a lot, and was absolutely blown away by A Face Like Glass. Francis Hardinge rocks!

She's really nice in person too. She was GOH at Armadacon a year or two ago.
coth
12th Jan, 2015 11:22 (UTC)
I met her at a BSFA meeting a few years ago, which is why I read Fly By Night. A nice and intriguing person.
gillpolack
12th Jan, 2015 04:27 (UTC)
Hardinge is on my 'always read' list.
coth
12th Jan, 2015 11:23 (UTC)
I make sure to keep one I haven't yet read about me.

Btw, while you're here: I've just picked up Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss, following its entry in Jo Walton's What Makes This Book So Great. Features middle-aged women, apparently.
gillpolack
12th Jan, 2015 11:36 (UTC)
Very cool. Let me know how it reads?
anef
12th Jan, 2015 09:52 (UTC)
It's on my TBR shelves - but should I go back and re-read the first one before starting it?
coth
12th Jan, 2015 11:25 (UTC)
I didn't go back to Fly By Night first. No doubt it wouldn't hurt, as there are a couple of characters who reappear. But she drops in what you need to know quite skilfully, and it's mostly background, not continuous plot.
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