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philip reeve records 'fever crumb'

Last night Stuart and I met up with writer Philip Reeve, who's in town to make a nine-hour audiobook, reading the marvellous Fever Crumb. I've been following Philip's recent drawing series, and he looked a bit worried when I pulled out my sketchpad, hoping he'd muck in and do some doodles with me. But I think he relaxed a bit when he realised just how terrible I was at quick pen portrait drawings (and that I wasn't too bothered by drawing badly), and we had good fun scribbling unbloggable (but funny) drawings with various pens. Here's my attempt to redeem myself today by not making him chinless or bug-eyed.

You can hear a preview of the audio book with a short clip of Philip reading from Fever Crumb here:

Despite having no free time at all lately, I've read five and a half of his Mortal Engines books since I met him at the Edinburgh Book Festival, so I guess that pegs me as a rather keen fan. (And you can read his review of Vern and Lettuce here!) Hopefully the Fever Crumb audio book will come out next year, in March, to tie in with the launch of the paperback in the United States.



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Oct. 25th, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)
Hee! I approve of this drawing.

Which is the half-book of Mortal Engines you have left to read? Not that they aren't all amazing, but if it's A Darkling Plain you are in for a hell of a ride.
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
Cheers! Yes, I'm almost half-way through A Darkling Plain and both Shrike and I are getting very worried about Hester-turned-killing-machine. And from what I've read so far, Philip's writing doesn't reassure me that he might not just blow up everyone, he's rather brutal that way. He's blasted away quite a few characters already, just as I was starting to get to like them.

Am willing myself not to lose a day of work by reading the second half right now. *solemn vow*
Oct. 25th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
It's one of the most satisfying endings I've read in a book; the kind of complete closure most don't even approach. And then if you go and read the Dover Beach extract again you'll probably sit and just go "brilliant" for a while.

But yeah, worth saving a non-work day for :D
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