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Thursday, February 1, 2018

We have a new Facebook Page!


Given Universal Studios appears to have used the power of Hollyw$$d and taken our Facebook page for their own purposes*, we've created a new one - and of course it's for all fans of the books and movie.

All posts published here will end up there.

That picture above reminds us that we have yet to solve our suspicions about a recent whale disappearance involving Peter Jackson! 

Follow the Facebook page!

* Seriously, Mortal Engines will need all the support it can get as a new franchise and the BRAND itself behaves this way. Clearly the days when PJ and Co went out of their way to help the fan base and engage in meaningful ways. I guess Universal is more worried about Facebook likes?


Mortal Engines is not Mad Max, it's just mad, Max.

Did you enjoy the new Mad Max movie teaser that came out last week?

It had a giant city chasing a smaller, traction city?

The new one directed by Christian Rivers?

Well, according to so many people on Twitter, the new Mortal Engines is a bit like Mad Max.

And therefore is 'discount Mad Max' or 'it literally looks like such a rip of mad max'.

I presume this in in reference to Fury Road, which was a fabulous movie and a sumptuous CGI delight of trucks and cars trying to crush one another.

That said:

The Mad Max I know is a biker gang terrorizing Max's family.

The Mad Max I know is a gang led by a flamboyant gentleman called Humongous.

The Mad Max I know is all about a pig killer.

The Mad Max I know is about a one armed truck driver who can kick it with the worst of them.

These are great movies, all visionary in various ways.

They are not about giant cities that roam the Earth looking for resources.

And they certainly do not look like what we saw in the Mortal Engines teaser trailer.

But so many people seem to have commented that it is.

We honestly wonder why this is?

If they are referring to Mad Max Fury Road, this is Mad Max Fury Road:


Which frankly reminds me of this guy from Rogue One:


Sure there's a big chase going in Fury Road and there's one going on in Mortal Engines, so that must be it right?

Well if anything, that teaser is basically a remix mix of the opening 2 minutes of one of the greatest scientific films of all time, Star Wars.

You recall how that goes right? A giant massive Star Destroyer rolls down the screen and it takes what seems like forever to show the scale of the thing. We then see it is actually chasing a small ship. Which it eventually captures and draws into itself.

Which is basically the teaser!

So instead of saying Mortal Engines looks like Max Max, would it be better to bitch and gripe that it rips off the start of Star Wars?

The truth is that for most people of a certain age (young twitter users who comment on movie trailers) Mad Max Fury Road is possibly their only reference point to a post apocalyptic event movie.

I'd wager most of them have not seen the original Max Max trilogy for a start. They've probably never scene, The Road, The Postman, THX 1138, The Book of Eli, Water World, Escape from New York, 12 Monkies, The Quiet Earth, Zardoz, Cherry 2000, Judge Dredd (Stallone version) or Planet of the Apes.

One could argue that Mortal Engines looks a lot like some of those movies. 

Or Not.

I passed comment on Twitter about this matter as any rapid fan boy that is hugely protective of THEIR story is wont to do so:.

And none other than the writer of the novels, Philip Reeve chipped in with his views.



We still don't see but hey, if the book's author gets it, maybe I should just chill out and get back to over-thinking the fact that Hester Shaw has two eyes... or wondering about Howl's Moving Castle.....

And if you want to read without a sense of irony (?) Philip Reeve actually wrote up a review of Mad Max: Fury Road !!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Station Zero is getting closer...

Phillip Reeve posted to his Instagram account proofs of his forthcoming novel, Station Zero:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Beljn1mhKcJ/?taken-by=thesolitarybee


Station Zero is the third book in the Railhead serious. It is separate and distinct from Mortal Engines!

It would appear Reeve is letting us know that there are four parts to the novel.

Here's the official blurb:

"The stunning conclusion to the acclaimed and prizewinning Railhead trilogy.

What happens after the adventure of a lifetime? For Zen, it's a safe, comfortable life of luxury. But it's not what Zen wants. He misses the thrill of riding the rails, of dodging danger, and of breathing the air of different planets.

Most of all of course he misses Nova - lost to him forever in a distant world. But then one day a mysterious message arrives - and that's all Zen needs to head right off, ready for anything. Except that no one could be ready for what he finds . . .

Thrilling, thought-provoking, and breathtaking, this finale to the Railhead trilogy weaves a web of wonder, full of characters and events you will never forget?"

You can order Station Zero from Amazon.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Some sweet Shrike fan art

http://amzn.to/2DVt7R9 

We found this sweet art on Instagram, originally posted to Deviant Art by Tysho.

American readers of Mortal Engines will know him as Grike but not for long as Stephen Lang will be playing him as Shrike in Christian River's version of the Philip Reeve novel.

The Shrike is a key character in the Mortal Engines series and has a few key pivotal moments in the first novel which should translate into some pretty good scares and action in the film!

That said, he's more machine now than man....

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Philip Reeve to publish 'An Illustrated Guide to the World of Mortal Engines'


As a tie in to the forth coming Mortal Engines movie, author Philip Reeve has announced the publication of 'An Illustrated Guide to the World of Mortal Engines'.

This work appears to a super-dooper rework of The Traction Codex which was published some years ago as an e-book with collaborator Jeremy Levett.

Reeve advised:

"With the Mortal Engines movie looming, it seemed a good opportunity to revise and expand the old Mortal Engines Codex, which had a very patchy e-book release a few years ago.

Jeremy Levett knows far more about history and technology than I ever will, and he’s come up with an impressively plausible account of the centuries which separate the Fever Crumb books from the beginning of Mortal Engines, as well as lots of extra details about the cities, airships and characters who inhabit the books. 

There are glimpses of what the Traction era means for Australia, South America, and other bits of the world my stories never managed to encompass. 

And it will all be full of paintings, maps and diagrams by an illustrator (or illustrators) whose name (or names) I’ll reveal nearer the publication date."

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The guide will be published by Scholastic on November 2018.

We suspect that Ian McQue will have contributed to some of the artwork given he has done the artwork for the soon to be published 'Night Flights' short stories collection that features Anna Fang.

The artwork above is some concept work that Ian did when he was inspired by the Mortal Engines book AND seemingly before he had a working relationship with Philip Reeve! I like how life works out!

Night Flights by Philip Reeve to feature Anna Fang

anna fang mortal engines fan art
Update:

It did seem odd that Night Flights was up on Amazon but with no official word from Phillip Reeve or the book publishers.

Phillip Reeve has now made an official announcement about his publishing calendar for the year which included reference to Night Flights.

This article is updated to reflect the news.

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New stories in the Mortal Engines world are being released in August this year.

Night Flights: A Mortal Engines Collection by ME author Phillip Reeve is up on Amazon as being able to be ordered for an August 2018 release.

The 208 pages long short story collection is described as being:

"Night Flights is composed of three short stories that follow the fascinating, tough aviatrix Anna Fang.

A key character in the Mortal Engines book and film, this is your chance to learn her backstory.

The stories show gripping, moving, exciting moments in Anna Fang's life: her childhood as a slave aboard the moving city Arkangel, her daring escape, an attempt to sabotage the moving cities, a showdown against a Stalker, her free life as an intelligence agent for the Anti-Traction league, and an adventure into the haunted skies of the Dead Continent, America.

Each story is an exquisite feat of world building and imagination, and each contains an instantly-immersive adventure.

Anna Fang is a tough and inspiring heroine that readers and movie-viewers alike will want to know more about. This book can stand alone, but is best paired with Mortal Engines Book 1 or the feature film."

It's a nice tie-in to the movie that is being released in December this year.

Philip Reeve gave an update:

"Ian McQue is also going to be providing a cover and some interior illustrations for this book, which gathers together three short stories about Anna Fang, adding a bit of detail to the stories of her early life which are hinted at in Mortal Engines. 

The middle story is based on my long out-of-print World Book Day story Traction City, but I’ve re-written it to bring Anna to the centre of things – she made more of a cameo appearance in the original version. 

The other two are episodes from Anna’s life which never found a place in the original Mortal Engines Quartet, and which I think make good stories in their own right – I’m very much looking forward to seeing what images Ian puts with them. As there’s no artwork to show you yet, here’s a picture of Jihae, who plays Anna in the forthcoming Mortal Engines movie. (It was talking to her in Wellington last year which made me decide to do this book.)"

We will hazard a guess that Ian McQue is also doing work on the revised Traction Code Index which is going to be re-released as An Illustrated Guide to the World of Mortal Engines....

No word if there will be an audiobook.

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So I was kind of correct in my guesses below...

I got to wondering where had this new work came from given that Reeve has been busy writing the sequel to his Railhead series, Station Zero

Where does he get the time?

And then I remembered The Reevening where Phillip Reeve was interviewed by some very keen book fans on the Mortal Engines Discord Server. 

Reeve mentioned he had some leftover Anna Fang (in fact a whole book!):

"There was a whole abandoned novel after Mortal Engines, about a raft city (Brighton) escaping across the Atlantic from the Green Storm. I binned that, but the basic idea became Predator's Gold, and Brighton reappeared in Infernal Devices, so it wasn't completely wasted. There are a bunch of Anna Fang back story bits which got bumped from book to book and never quite fitted in anywhere, but other than that I don't think there's anything readable lying around."

So we presume, Reeve has gone back to these abandon works, given them some love and boxed them ups as Night Flights.

There is currently no artwork available for the stories, the image above is a fan concept found at the Wiki. If any one know's who drew it, we're keen to give them credit!

Pre-order your copy on Amazon.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Awesome Shrike fan art from ME

leeputmanart has done some sweet artwork of Shrike - Shrike being one of the key elements of the Mortal Engines novel and sure to be a fan favourite in the film.

shrike fan art mortal engines

leeputmanart posted the work Instagram and said "Created my first digital image from a book I love #mortalengines I'm gonna keep doing these and try and illustrate some of my favourite scenes in the book ­čśŐ "

We look forward to it!