Scrivener's Moon: A Review

Thursday, September 20, 2018
scrivners moon book cover

My travails through the Mortal Engines saga are nearing an end with this review of Scrivener's Moon, the second sequel to the wonderful Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve.

I started this novel slightly apprehensively as I was disappointed with how A Web of Air turned out.

That book had some great moments but it just sort of went nowhere despite having an ending. It did, however, give Fever Crumb room to grow emotionally which is pretty handy as I get the feeling Scrivener's Moon is gonna rain down on her parade pretty heavily...

The story begins with an aside of sorts about Godshawk himself. Goodness knows what it all means to the reader but we then get into the set up in earnest.

We have a restless Fever, reunited with her parents, trying to settle into life as the giant mechanical city of London is built.

A traveling circus comes to town and while it begins with the cliched dwarf character, Reeve manages to marvelously tilt the concept on its head which sets up the Macguffin of the book (to find a mysterious place which may have answers to Fever's heritage)  - and so Wavey and Fever set out on an adventure.

A fine start from Reeve, now where to from here?

There are two story arcs being set up here - the first is, of course, Fever's as she continues to struggle with her identity as a Scrivener, the relationship she was with her parents and the legacy of Godshawk.

The second is the story of the city of London being built. This side of things features Charlie from who readers will remember from the first novel Fever Crumb. He's a bit of a wheeler and dealer (or so he thinks) and his machinations help twist the plot along quite nicely. Doctor Crumb does a fine turn as an emotionless engineer w

The two stories come together in a fine ending which returns Reeve to form. He is very good at setting up story angles and bringing them home quite acutely. He adds some great plot reveals which give some real insight into Fever's brain (literally?). Fever comes of age (again?) as well which is a delight for those who like character development.

I really enjoyed this novel. I would continue to only recommend the Fever Crumb series who have read all four Mortal Engines novels.

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The Funko collection is coming!

Funko are releasing 4 versions of characters from the film - Thaddeus Valentine, Ann Fang, Hester Shaw and master Thomas Natsworthy.

tom natsworthy funko
We think this is the first official Mortal Engine's movie tie in other than the books Night Flights and The Illustrated World.

hester shaw funko

As Comic Con draws nearer and the movie release it self we can hopefully expect to see more movie promotion and tie ins occurring.

anna fang funko

These Mortal Engines fan designed posters are incredible

Saturday, September 8, 2018
mortal engines poster

As part of the slow turning of the wheels to promote the Mortal Engines film, Talent House ran a competition to encourage artists to turn their skills to designing a Mortal Engines poster. Here's a selection of my favourites.

Peter Jackson was expected to pick a winner himself personally but in a classic bait and switch, now some dudes and dudettes and Universal will be doing it. So expect a winner that suits movie promotion needs and not something awesome....

hester shaw poster

hester faces london poster

mortal engines london poster

london tracks poster mortal engines

Hester Shaw Mortal Engines movie poster

london meeting hester shaw

Ian McQue's Mortal Engines Concept Art Design

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Artist In McQue has had a bit to do with Mortal Engines. He recently helped out with the redesign of the Mortal Engines book covers, including the new Anna Fang short story collection, Night Flights.

Seem's he's quite the fan of Philip Reeve's books as he draw this one before he even had an official connection:

Here's some more ME related sketches and doodles by McQue:

mortal engines inspired sketch

traction city sketch ian mcque

Here's an early draft for the redesigned cover of Predator's Gold:

predator's gold concept art book cover

Will there be a Mortal Engines movie sequel?

Saturday, August 11, 2018
mortal engines concept art nik henderson

Is there going to be a Predator's Gold sequel to Mortal Engines?

While Peter Jackson and company are keen on doing Mortal Engines sequels, there has been no formal announcement of sequel plans.

Making a Hollywood movie blockbuster is no mean feat. If it were easy to do so, every good story about space aliens driving trains would be turned into a film. So, to convince a studio executive to plump up some cash for an untested 'Intellectual Property' is a mission and a half.

It's why sequels are so popular, they are cash cows with less risk than something untested. Look at Marvel's Ironman, it's had like 16 sequels already...

So, when it comes to the Philip Reeve novel, Mortal Engines, no studio exec is going to take a punt on a book about giant cities driving around eating each other.

Unless Peter Jackson is attached to write and produce it.

So, that's the angle the studios are taking. Jackson and his NAME have been tasked to get Mortal Engines across the line.

Given the novel has three sequels and three prequels, there's a mapped out path that a movie sequel can take (Predator's Gold etc) but will ME get one?

Oscar winning scriptwriter and long time Jackson associate, Philipa Boyens had this to say when asked about the possibility of a second film:

"I certainly never sat down and I know Pete did sat down and thought of this in terms of a sequel–you know, sequels. I mean, we’re just, like, get this thing working first. And then think about what may happen."

"But, mostly, this has to work as a film. This may be the only one. Who knows? I hope not because I think it’s a–I think the story just keeps getting better and better. And I want to see the other traction engines now that I’ve seen in this one. I want to see Panzerstadt. I want to see Arkangel. I want to see these ones that are bigger and meaner."

Boyen's 'has too work' as a film comment is telling and I think it almost has a double meaning. Obviously, ME needs to be a good film, one that viewers enjoy watching. But it also has to work for it's success. It needs to perform at the box office.

Big time.

I don't think ME will get a second sequel if it just does OK. It will need to perform all around the world, especially and obviously in the United States.

So will Mortal Engines be a success and earn a sequel? This author is personally worried.

The trailer was nothing to write home about in terms of feel or giving one a sense of 'instant classic'.

While London looked fabulous & Anna Fang feels absolutely murderous overall, it felt somewhat underwhelming.

As we get closer to the film's released date, we can expect the hype to build and some real marketing to begin. Hopefully it features the reveal of Shrike, the giant zombie / robot played by Stephen Lang.

I suspect a lot of the movie is going to hinge on how bad ass that character is.


The glorious concept art is by the talented Nik Henderson.

Hester and friend?

hester attacks shrike concept art

This concept of Hester and Shrike about to face off is absolutely incredible! Found on bowolfskin's Instragram, I think they are the author. The colours, though soft, feel so real and that sword just feels pretty dangerous!

Some scars never heal Pt 117

Friday, August 10, 2018
hester shaw fan art

The very talented Loles Romero (lolesillustration on Instagram) has had a crack at their version of Hester Shaw. They had this to say "Hi! I recently did this illustration of the upcoming movie 'Mortal Engines'. The movie looks good!".

Feels like Hester is a wanna-be Clint Eastward self styled train robber?

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