Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel

Posted: May 3, 2009 in Adventure, Fantasy, love stories, steampuck

Okay, at review group I tossed aside two elementary librarians heading to the YA tables and dived under JK to snatch this book. (I am much shorter than JK). I was eager to see what fantastic scientific high-jinks Oppel dreamt up next in the third book of the Matt Cruse fantasy/adventure series!

Matt has become a commercial pilot with a job on an air tug, working construction on the Celestial Tower, a French “tower to heaven” built to advance their quest for space dominance. “Babelists” attempt to destroy the tower, thwarted by our young hero, Matt. He wishes to venture to space. His dreams come true when a Canada firm announces that their craft will enter space before the French and invite him to join the testing for a crew.

As you can suspect, Miss Kate de Vries is one of the specialists on the flight along with a new array of unforgettable personalities.

The methodology of space travel is “Oppel-unique” and the story as good a page-turner as his others.

The next question: What will Matt and Kate be up to next? The hunt for Atlantis?

ENDERS Rating: Adventure seekers…this is it!

Kenneth Oppel’s Website

  1. Anonymous says:

    If I had known you wanted this, I would have gleefully blocked for you, much like the offensive linemen for the star quarterback. :)Jodi

  2. Joan says:

    I claim artistic license with my reviews! lol

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Joan,Thanks very much for your review!After getting back from my summer holidays, I'm back at work. So I wanted to answer some of the many questions I've been getting recently via email and facebook.(By the way, if you’d like to keep more up to date on me and my books, please add me as a friend on facebook: What am I working on?I'm actually just finishing up work on my new novel called Half Brother, which will be published Fall 2010 by HarperCollins (in Canada); Scholastic (in the US) and David Fickling Books (in the UK). It's the story of 14-year-old Ben Tomlin, whose psychologist parents are involved in a radical scientific experiment. They bring a newborn chimp into their house to raise as a human baby (a sort of half brother to Ben), and try to teach it sign language, so they can see if chimps are capable of learning language. I'll tell you more about the book as the publication date nears…2) What's going on with the Airborn movie?The quick answer: nothing. I've had many, many emails asking me about the film. When will it appear? Can they audition for it? And there is a great deal of incorrect information floating about on the internet. In 2004 Universal Pictures optioned the book for Stephen Sommers (The Mummy movies etc). The Summers Company hired screenwriters, who wrote a script which, in my opinion, bore very little resemblance to my novel. Yes, there were characters who had the names Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries (but they were much older) and yes, there were airships. But there were no cloud cats, and my entire plot had been replaced by a story involving magical urns with glowing runes which contained magical elemental powers, and mysterious priests to guard over them… I didn't like the adaptation, and apparently, Universal Pictures didn't either, because they let the option lapse. In short: no movie is being made, and the rights are now mine again, and I am going to be very picky about who I sell them to next time around. So, if you happen to know Steven Spielberg, or Peter Jackson or J.J. Abrams very well, feel free to pass along a copy of the Airborn series to them.3) Will I be writing any more Silverwing books?Maybe. If I did, it would probably be a continuation of Darkwing, because I see a very eventful life ahead for Dusk…4) Will I be writing more Airborn books?I love Matt and Kate and would hate to say good-bye to them forever. But Starclimber does leave them at a very interesting point in their lives… I might return to them, but first I have several other stories I'm going to tell first…Thanks again for writing!All best,Kenneth Oppel

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