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Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge

Fly Trap (edition 2012)

by Frances Hardinge

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Title:Fly Trap
Authors:Frances Hardinge
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 592 pages
Collections:Your library, Fiction, V, Favorites
Tags:fantasy, series:Mosca Mye, shelved:hardcover fiction

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Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge

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Adult Reader Reaction: Think Dickens crossed with early Harry Potter: descriptive, detailed, and long (580+ pages). If you like Charles Dickens or enjoy reading longer books like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you'll enjoy Fly Trap. This is the sequel to Fly by Night, but I didn't find it hard to get into the story jumping in at Book 2. Although there is a finite set of characters, this is not easy to read. Sentences are long and the humor is dry.

All that said, Fly Trap has its moments and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. Mosca is an interesting character and Saracen is hilarious.

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  TheReadingTub | Nov 11, 2015 |
Mosca Mye, educated ragamuffin, Eponymous Clent, cunning rogue, and Saracen, goose, cast out of one city after causing disturbances and revolutions, find their way into another, with even more calamitous results. The city of Toll has a day face and a night face, and they are kept strictly apart, but there are kidnappings afoot, and Mosca and Clent are right in the middle of them, and before long, Mosca is heartily sick of both Toll-By-Day and Toll-By-Night, an ingeniously horrible system of repression and control and exploitation. But what can a girl, a con-man and goose do against the fearsome might of the jinglers?

A well-conceived and ingenious fantasy that mixes dark elements with comic wit and a likable protagonist and a well-rounded menagerie of supporting or opposite-of-supporting characters. I really hope there's another one of these at some point. ( )
2 vote Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
  BRCSBooks | Aug 15, 2014 |
I can't tell if this is the same book as Twilight Robbery, and which is British and which American, so I'm putting them both on my to-read list to keep track.
  Crowinator | Sep 23, 2013 |
Another great one by Frances Hardinge. Not as wonderful as Well Wished, but still pretty darn wonderful. Beautifully written, and I love the idea of two towns living inside each other. The only bad thing I can say about it is that I wouldn't want to be Mosca or live her her world. ( )
  Inky_Fingers | Jul 14, 2013 |
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To Martin, for being my partner in crime, fellow adventurer and one true love, and for being wiser than anybody has a right to be.
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'Read the paper for you, sir?'

One small voice strove against the thunder of rain, the shuffle and huff of the passing mules, the damp flap of canvas as the last sodden stallholders gave up their fight against the dismal weather. Market day was coming apart like a biscuit in coffee, fragments of it running for cover with trays and baskets held over their heads.
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Fly Trap (US), Twilight Robbery (UK)
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Adventurous orphan Mosca Mye, her savage goose, Saracen, and their sometimes-loyal companion, Eponymous Clent, become embroiled in the intrigues of Toll, a town that changes entirely as day turns to night.
Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent are in trouble again. Escaping disaster by the skin of their teeth, they find refuge in Toll, the strange gateway town where visitors may neither enter nor leave without paying a price. By day, the city is well-mannered and orderly; by night, it’s the haunt of rogues and villains. Wherever there’s a plot, there’s sure to be treachery, and wherever there’s treachery, there’s sure to be trouble – and where there’s trouble, Clent, Mosca and the web-footed apocalypse Saracen can’t be far behind. But as past deeds catch up with them and old enemies appear, it looks as if this time there’s no way out . . .

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Adventurous orphan Mosca Mye, her savage goose, Saracen, and their sometimes-loyal companion, Eponymous Clent, become embroiled in the intrigues of Toll, a town that changes entirely as day turns to night.

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