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Book Title: Cakes in Space|
The author of the book: Philip Reeve
ISBN 13: 9780192734563
Edition: Oxford University Press
Date of issue: September 4th 2014
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 357 KB
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Reader ratings: 6.5
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So, here we have a book with a very suspicious title, Cakes In Space - the phrase "Oh really?" tends to get uttered, or just "What?", whenever I've mentioned it to anyone. That's the type of book it is too, weird and instantly intriguing, coming straight out of left field, or whatever passes for left in the depths of space.
This is a second outing for the Reeve & McIntyre partnership. I'm a long term fan of Philip Reeve, indeed he is probably my favourite author, which is saying something amid stiff competition. The first of their books, Oliver and the Seawigs, I did not really care for, my least favourite Reeve book so far - so I was not expecting anything good from this novel. However, I was very pleasantly surprised...
The book is based around a little girl called Astra, she's 10, and is on her way to a new life, far, far away, on a planet around a star that is a couple of centuries journey away. That's a very long time to be travelling for any child. Resisting the urge to fill every page with "Are we there yet?", the story relies on cryogenic stasis, or going to sleep as it's phrased here. A sensible solution to impossibly long distance transport, however, there is always the issue of the reliability of the automation of any vessel when everyone is fast a-kip, especially when a somewhat obscure computerised food production machine is attempting to do his best Deep Thought impersonation.
"'I am Nom-O-Tron,' said the machine, in a big, boomy voice, so loud that Astra was afraid her mum and dad or some other grown-ups would hear and come to see who was sneaking a bedtime snack. 'Shhh!' she said. 'Have you got any biscuits?'"
As Astra says in a warning, "DO NOT use the word 'Ultimate' when ordering food."
A wonderful little book, funny, very novel, though with a huge dollop of influences from The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and above all, the original Lost In Space.
"The trouble with space is, there's so much of it.
An ocean of blackness without any shore.
A neverending nothing.
And here, all alone in the million billion miles of midnight, is one solitary moving speck. A fragile parcel filled with sleeping people and their dreams."
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Read information about the authorPhilip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects.
Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons for around forty children's books, including the best-selling Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Dead Famous series.
Railhead, published by Oxford University Press, will be published in the UK in October 2015
Pugs of the Frozen North, written with Sarah McIntyre, is out now.
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