Making the Mortal Engines Movie

News, views, quotes and trivia about Philip Reeve's 'Mortal Engines' books and the Peter Jackson movie production.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Anna Fang quotes from Mortal Engines

Anna Fang quotes from Mortal Engines


The badass air ship aviator and agent of the Anti-Traction League from the Mortal Engines, Anna Fang proved to quite an awesome character.

She was crucially pivotal in helping Tom and Hester get to where they needed to be in safety on her airship, the Jenny Hanniver.

jenny hanniver airship sketch
The Jenny Hanniver
In the Mortal Engines novel, Anna Fang is an Asian aviator that Hester Shaw and Tom Natsworthy meet shortly after their 'expulsion' from the city of London.

It quickly transpires she is a pretty handy in a tight spot and effectively she saves Tom and Hester from the Shrike when they escape from Airhaven.

Anna Fang leads a successful attack on the the pirate town 'Tunbridge Wheels' and sinks it. She then picks up Tom and Hester again and even though they now have learned that she is an Anti-Tractionist, they are still friends with her.

During an attack on the air fleet at the end of the novel she is killed by dastardly Thaddeus Valentine when he stabs her through the neck.

Anna Fang's Mortal Engine movie quotes


In Predator's Gold, it was revealed her body had been taken by the splinter group of the Anti-Traction League known as the Green Storm. Scientists were able to give her body a form of sentience, in the same manner as the Shrike, thus continuing the legacy of Ana Fang.

If just for one more show...

Anna Fang is played in the movie by South Korean singer-actress Jihae.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Where can I listen and buy the Mortal Engines' audiobook?

Cover to Mortal Engines novel

So you want to download the audiobook of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines?


That's a fine reading choice that you can buy as an online 'ebook' or 'epub' from Amazon for your Kindle.

Maybe you just want to read it as a PDF?

Mortal Engines is a great young adult novel that is actually part of a quartet of books that feature the adventures of Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw.

Often referred to as the Predator Cities Quartet, all the books (and the prequel series Fever Crumb)  feature a bit of steampunk and a bit of Mad Max as they are set on an Earth that has suffered great destruction.

Precipitated by the 60 Minute War, the themes are the break down of society's traditional norms and the key concept that every city lives and dies by the notion of Municipal Darwinism.



Philip Reeve has announced to the world that actor Barnaby Edwards has redone the audio for Mortal Engines and that it's now available for download at Audible, Amazon's narrated book service!

You might know Barnday as a Dalek from Doctor Who?

The best news is that if you are a first time user of Audible you can download the novel for free!
Philip Reeve has created a wonderful universe for the reader or listener to explore and he should be rewarded for those efforts, but if you need to try before you buy, you can listen for free online to the first chapter of the book, called The Hunting Ground on Youtube.

At 388 pages, Mortal Engines should be no challenge for a confident young adult reader. But it's not just a 'kids' book'. It has same appeal for adults as they do for the Harry Potter series and so should not be lightly dismissed. We loved it and of course Peter Jackson is making a film of the book after all!

The listening length time time of Mortal Engines is about 8 and a half hours, you can of course read it as quickly or slow as you like.

Download the ebook of Mortal Engines for any device from Amazon today.

If you want to cheat Mr Reeves out of his fair royalties, you could search for it as a free PDF version. That's what Professor Pennyroyal would do...

Barnaby has also recorded the other three sequels and they will be released over time.

  

Monday, November 7, 2016

What is the Shrike in Mortal Engines?

The Shrike bounty hunter from Mortal Engines.

In the Mortal Engines quartet, 'Shrike' is a ruthless killing machine.


Originally a dead man by the name of Kit Solent, Shrike was re-animated and brought back to life.

You could hardly call it life, as he is more machine than man and programmed to follow his orders.

But does he?

A key part of of the Shrike's journey is discovering his true identity which was lost to him.

As his story progresses he hunts for one of the protagonists of the series (and crucially his adopted daughter), Hester Shaw which requires him to go on a murderous rampage to get to her.

Through a convoluted plot point, Shrike acts as a bounty hunter with a kind of self defense mechanism of not harming children. In the book of Mortal Engines, he is conflicted with his mission given him by Magnus Chrome, the Mayor of London.

The Shrike is ordered to kill Hester and in return, she will be re-animated like himself so they may live together. He however does not want Hester to die, and gives her every chance to live.

The Shrike was originally a man named Kit Solent. His story can be read about in Philip Reeve's prequel novel, Fever Crumb.

In the Mortal Engines movie, Shrike is being played by Steven Lang. Lang is most famous for his role as the General in James Cameron's Avatar. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

What Philip Reeve had to say about the Mortal Engines movie announcement

mortal engines concept art london

Reeve, Stranger Things fan, said of the announcement on his blog:

“I’m thrilled that Christian, Fran, Philippa and Peter are bringing my book to the screen.”

“They’ve created some of the most memorable imaginary worlds in modern cinema, so I can’t wait to experience their vision of the world of ‘Mortal Engines.’"

We can't either!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Darkling Plain movie quotes

A Darkling Plain movie quotes


A place holder post in case Christian Rivers actually makes it this far in the Mortal Engines series.

Fun fact, the name of the movie comes from a poem called the Dover Beach.