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New Books [25 Feb 2011|04:58pm]

 For World Book Day on March 3rd, Philip Reeve has written a short story, 'Traction City', costing only a £1. More information can be found on his blog here, which describes it as
a story which takes place twenty five or thirty years before Mortal Engines opens. It's set on London's lower tiers, where Mortal Engines barely ventures, and tells of how the sleepy routine of Airdock Green police station is disrupted, first by the arrival of a young aviatrix who may or may not be an Anti-Tractionist saboteur, and then by the news of something nasty lurking in the abandoned district called The Wombs.

There is also a follow up to Fever Crumb and Web of Air, 'Scrivener's Moon', being released on the 4th and 7th of April, in paperback and hardcover respectively. The Amazon description is as follows:
In a future land once known as Britain, nomad tribes are preparing to fight a terrifying enemy - the first-ever mobile city. Before London can launch itself, young engineer Fever Crumb must journey to the wastelands of the North. She seeks the ancient birthplace of the Scriven mutants. In the chaotic weeks before battle begins, Fever finds a mysterious black pyramid. The extraordinary secrets it contains will change her world forever. The seventh awe-inspiring adventure in the World of Mortal Engines series by a superb writer at the height of his powers. 
The two different covers can be seen here and here (the hardback cover is brilliant and creepy). There's also more information on Philip Reeve's blog (same link as above, just click on the 'Home' tab), and contains what seems to be the promise of another book - 'I woke up the other morning with the first few chapters of a new book in my head, which are about what becomes of Arlo after A Web of Air.'
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[19 May 2010|10:12pm]

[ mood | bored ]

 Bawww guys, nobody ever posts on here :(

Well anyway, I was wondering how many of you have heard about the new book that has come out? It's the sequel to the prequel (if that makes sense, lol) called 'A Web of Air'. It's one of my many current reading books. Anybody read it / is in the process of reading it? DISCUSHUN HERE Y/Y? 
Am I allowed to do this? I am not a mod but I'm assuming this is okay? I don't see why not but I do get paranoid about these things.

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Mortal Engines heading to a big screen near you? [20 Jan 2010|03:38pm]

This community has been dead for far too long. Here's hoping this shiny news will get things swinging again...

Is Peter Jackson developing Mortal Engines for the big screen?
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Boring post is boring [17 Oct 2009|10:14pm]

[ mood | crazy ]

Hello Guys!
I wanted to introduce myself even though this community seems a bit dead :(
Basically about three years ago I needed a book for my English lesson, and the first book I picked up in the Library was Mortal Engines. I didn't even read the blurb, just brought it to my lesson and began reading.
Oh, random forces of the Universe. Thank you. For three years now I have been obsessed with this series as much as I have Harry Potter, even though I have loved HP since I was seven. That's how much love I have for it.

And TRUFAX, Hester is a very large part of the reason I tried to die my hair auburn (guess what, it went bright red - FAIL), because despite the fact she only has half a face and brutally murders a whole bevy of characters, one time with a typewriter (!), I still have a ridiculously large girlcrush on her. YAY.

This post is so stupid because it's completely unconstructive and of no use to anyone whatsoever. Mods, feel free to delete. 
Anyway it would be cool for you to reply with comments to introduce yourself to me. If you want. I prattle a bit, don't I?

(other fandoms I have are Bones, X Files, Studio Ghibli - Spirited Away ftw, I have seen it five times, one time twice in two days -  Glee, and Law and Order:SVU. Which have nothing to do with anything but if you like these things too then yip, you could be my soulmate. Stop Daisy, with the prattling now, these people don't care about your life). 

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[28 Jan 2009|04:31pm]

(Image credit goes to Daniel Dociu at tinfoilgames.com. Spiffy layout by eggstasy)


This we know: The ancients destroyed themselves in the 60 Minutes War. Their superweapons left the American Empire and Greater China uninhabitable wastelands. The earth rumbled and bled for eons afterwards. Yet from this destruction the Traction Cities emerged.

London was the first city to be made mobile. Soon the rest would follow suit until almost all the world's cities moved on tracks and wheels, floated on rafts and gasbags or skated across the ice on giant skis.

Yet fuel was not infinite. To survive, the cities turned to cannibalism. Big cities ate smaller cities, smaller cities ate towns, towns ate villages and everyone ate barbaric 'static' settlements. The eaten would be stripped down for fuel and raw materials, sifted through for valuables, their population enslaved or assimilated.

It is the year 13,000 After Quirke. The age of Municipal Darwinism is at its height. Great Urbivores devour each other across the hunting grounds of Europe, oblivious to the threats of the Green Storm and Anti-Traction League. Who will you be in this Steampunk Dystopia? Mayor of a hunting city? A worker shoveling coal in its engines? A Green Storm fanatic? A Lost Boy thief? An Airship Trader plying the Skylanes?

Whatever role you choose, welcome to Urbiphage. Welcome to the future of survival.

Urbiphage is an AU postapocalyptic steampunk RPG set in the universe of Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines Quartet. We are currently accepting applications and will open for play as soon as we have eight characters. Knowledge of canon is not a prerequisite to play.




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wut [10 Oct 2008|02:37pm]


From Wikipedia:

"Shrike (called "Grike" in North American versions)"


Also I might make this community open membership. Anyone got any problems with that? :)

And I'm sorry if I've been neglecting this place. I've been negelecting the whole of LJ. But I'm back.
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Chapter 37 - The End [22 Aug 2008|08:11pm]


Mortal Engines

Chapter 37
The Bird Roads
In which Tom's whole world has ended, but everything is going to be all right.

"You aren't a hero, and I'm not beautiful, and we probably 
won't live happily ever after...But we're alive,
and together, and we're going to be all right."

The End.

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Chapter 36 [21 Aug 2008|08:03pm]


Mortal Engines

Chapter 36
The Shadow of
In which they leave.

Tom flew them all
up and up into a sky of the most perfect crystal blue

For tomorrow: Chapter 37, the end

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Chapter 35 [20 Aug 2008|06:21pm]


Mortal Engines

Chapter 35
The Cathedral
In which everything goes wrong, for everyone.

Valentine shoved him aside and started up the steps,
through the rising veils of light, the crackling static,
through air that smelled like burning tin.

For tomorrow: Chapter 36


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Chapter 34 [19 Aug 2008|06:17pm]


 Mortal Engines

Chapter 34
Idea for a Fireworks Display
In which bad things happen.

flames were rising, making his coat bubble and drip like
melting cheese, heat pressing against her face, turning
her tears to puffs of stream, driving her backwards over
wreckage and bodies and pieces of bodies.

For tomorrow: Chapter 35

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Chapter 33 [18 Aug 2008|05:52pm]


Mortal Engines

Chapter 33
Wine and Nibbles and the
Dawn of a New Era
In which everything converges on the Top Tier.

The Jenny Haniver was pulling away fast, lit by the
sparkling trails of rockets from an air-defence battery
on the Engineerium.

For tomorrow: Chapter 34

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Apology [15 Aug 2008|06:26pm]


Because I have less time than I expected , there is a 
temporary hiatus
in the Mortal Engines readalong.

Normal service will resume on Monday with Chapter 33, apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

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Chapter 32 [14 Aug 2008|07:42pm]


 Mortal Engines

Chapter 32
Chudleigh Pomeroy
Sees It Through
In which there are trespassers in the museum.

"We'll make you history, since history is all you care
about! We are the Guild of Engineers! We are the

For tomorrow: Chapter 33

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Chapter 31 [13 Aug 2008|07:06pm]


Mortal Engines

Chapter 31
The Eavesdropper
In which Katherine and Bevis plan, a malicious character reappears, and Valentine feels guilty.

It is as if the Lord Mayor's
eagerness has infected the very fabric of his city; the pistons
in the engine-rooms beat as eagerly as his heart, the
wheels and tracks race like his thoughts, rushing
towards the wall and the next chapter in London's great

For tomorrow: Chapter 32

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Chapter 30 [12 Aug 2008|06:10pm]


Mortal Engines

Chapter 30
A Hero's Welcome
In which the Valentine family disagree.

"I didn't realise at first...because her name
had changed, Did you kill her yourself? Or did you get
Pewsey and Gench to do it

For tomorrow: Chapter 31

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[11 Aug 2008|09:01pm]


 Mortal Engines

Chapter 29 
Going Home
In which Tom picks his side.

"Someone's got to make him pay! You were right; I
shouldn't have stopped you before, but I'm glad I did"

For tomorrow: Chapter 30

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Chapter 28 [10 Aug 2008|06:11pm]


Mortal Engines

Chapter 28
A Stranger in the Mountains of Heaven
In which the League loses many things of importance.

Flames flapped and tore in an iron brazier, lighting the
ancient battlements, the sprawled bodies of the rocket
crew and the wild shimmer of swords as Valentine and
Miss Fang battled

For tomorrow: Chapter 29

A note - Things will be a little disrupted this week as Thursday is results day and then I'm away Saturday & Sunday, so I'll be posting two chapters on Wednesday, on Friday and on next Monday. I'll still date them so that they're one a day, just won't post them one a day, so if two chapters turn up at once, that's why. Also if anyone is still here and it's not just me talking to myself (I don't mind, I'm quite enjoying it), then I just want to say yay for you. :]
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Chapter 27 [09 Aug 2008|06:45pm]


Mortal Engines

Chapter 27
Dr Arkengarth Remembers
In which Katherine has a revelation.

Pandora Shaw 
was murdered, seven years ago, the same time that 
Father found the machine...Pandora the aviatrix, the 
archaeologist, the woman who had been with in 
America when he found the plans of MEDUSA. And
now a girl called Shaw who wants to kill Father...

For tomorrow: Chapter 28

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Chapter 26 [08 Aug 2008|07:09pm]


 Mortal Engines

Chapter 26
Batmunkh Gompa
In which they arrive at the Shield Wall.

he looked he saw soldiers and airmen of the League:
blond giants from Spitzbergen and blue-black warriors
from the Mountains of the Moon, and small dark people
of the Andean statics and people the colour of firelight
from jungle strongholds in Laos and Annam.

For tomorrow: Chapter 27

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Chapter 25 [07 Aug 2008|08:10pm]


Mortal Engines

Chapter 25
The Historians
In which we see inside the Guild of Historians

"Think of all those temples!"
"Silk Paintings..."
"Think of the

For tomorrow: Chapter 26

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