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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Amazing drawings of Hester Shaw

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Some handy sketches and drawings of Hester Shaw from Mortal Engines. The imagination shown by the designers is incredible! It's quite clear that Hester is a fan favourite (and of course Shrike!)

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pencil drawing of hester's face




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I must confess I neglected to keep track of who drew what. If you know, please sound out in the comments!

This one was by magpiey

fan art of hester shaw

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Expanse's Frankie Adams is playing 'Yasmina Rashid' in Mortal Engines

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According to the completely trust worthy IMDB, Shortland Street star Frankie Adams is playing a character called 'Yashima'. Fans of The Expanse will surely recognise her as an asset to the film!

Keen readers of the Mortal Engines novel will know that this name in full as Yasmina Rashid of the Palmyrene privateer 'Zainab'.

We suspect this role will be fairly minor in the scheme of things but one that does get caught up in some fun involving Hester, Tom and the Shrike....

Update: Stephan Lang himself liked our article tweet about this so we can take it as read the name is correct. 

If you weren't in the know, Mortal Engines is the first novel in a series of stories about these giant mechanized cities. Check it out on Book Depository, or Amazon.

You can see Yashima briefly in the trailer wearing the goggles:

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Friday, May 18, 2018

'A Web of Air' - Book Review

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Snacksie?

What has become of Fever Crumb?


So after I read the delightful Fever Crumb novel, I just HAD TO KEEP going to find out what further adventures would befall our young Engineer, Fever in the sequel A Web of Air.

I mostly wanted to find out what happened to Ruan and Fern, the children of Kit Solent who became the legendary heartbroken killing machine that became Shrike.

The tale begins with a play being presented which slowly reveals the current state of play for Fever.

If you recall the ending of the titular novel, she stepped onto a boat and sailed away. She's now part of that boat's crew who are actors, thespians and good souls who have adopted Fever, Fern and Ruan (what a great name for a law firm eh?) into their theatrical troupe.

Fever does the lights for the stage production by applying her electrical engineering skills.

Author Philip Reeve quite deftly weaves in a little backstory from the first novel and sets up the play and cast of characters.

But what is the summary play?

We have talking birds.

A boy whose family was killed by the ocean.

A charming visitor from London (who we are calling right now as a double agent)

A mysterious watcher in the woods...

And then it gets pretty dull and drawn out, a near-death experience that possibly cannot be so,   though I must all this is all alongside a clever reinvention of the classic idea that evil corporations like to kill people who invent water fueled motor engines.

I'm not one of these rabid fans that will defend their love with a blind eye, I gotta admit, I was getting a bit bored and then S*N*A*C*K*S*I*E* >> Reeve finally pulled some good old Mortal Engines magic out of his quill and we are game on with a slight twist which sets the rest of the story up for a fast past narrative that does the name Philip Reeve, author of A Darkling Plan, justice.

The story builds well but frankly it's pretty low level when compared to the mighty vistas that Reeve has previously carved up with. Angels come home to roost in unexpected ways as Fever and the mysterious Arlo see to their adventure to its conclusion.

While tightly written, overall I was was disappointed with the story's final stakes.

Some take outs:

  • We loved how we learn what the name 'Jenny Hanniver' really means.
  • Having now read A Web of Air, we are are quite excited about Jeremy Levett's AMA where he hints that a character from this novel will turn up in Night Flights.
  • We enjoyed Crumb's strong dislike of religion being used as a story plot and then turned on it's head by the character to achieve a goal - which showed strong character growth.
  • Order A Web of Air from Amazon or Book Depository (which has free shipping!)
  • Reeve has cut back on the wordplay and puns considerably more so than the Mortal Engines efforts he made

We're going to be alright

Hester Shaw often let her actions speak louder than words in the Mortal Engines series, though she sometimes spelled things out with a typewriter.

She did however give Tom Natsworthy a rather good pep talk:

you're not a hero - hester shaw

The talented artist is Amy Bradford and posted this great quote to Instagram with her version of Hester. Check out her other work, she's got some sweet ideas.

The line was a nice bit of foreshadowing by author Philip Reeve too....

Sunday, May 6, 2018

London gets a Premiere Date for Mortal Engines

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London's calling for Mortal Engines.

The Peter Jackson produced, Christian Rivers directed film about giant traction cities that roam a scorched Earth will get a premiere in London on 11 December 2018.

The movie itself opens on December 14th.

Just in time for the Christmas movie crush - Bumble Bee, Spider Man, Mary Poppins Returns and Aquaman all have releases at that time.

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