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Fly Trap (Fly By Night) by Frances Hardinge

Fly Trap (Fly By Night) (edition 2012)

by Frances Hardinge

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Title:Fly Trap (Fly By Night)
Authors:Frances Hardinge
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 592 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fantasy, intrigue, adventure, mystery, eighteenth century, 1700s

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Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge

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Young Mosca Mye and her dubiously loyal companion, the con man Eponymous Clent, have only just escaped Mandelion. There they'd averted one revolution and caused another, and so consider it safer to be far away from the city and its new rulers before the dust settled. But wherever they travel is sure to be full of trouble, and so too is the town of Toll.

Mosca is a wonderful character: pig headed, quick-witted, with a talent for lies and an unfortunate tendency toward fairness. The world she inhabits is strange, flavored by seventeenth century Europe but not beholden to them. I love it all, from the twisty plot to the drily sarcastic narrative style. If you like Terry Pratchett or Locke Lamora, you'll probably like this. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Mosca Mye, twelve years old, full of vinegar, and possessed only of a dangerous goose as a friend, returns and gets herself in even more trouble now that she’s been kicked out of the radical city of Mandelion. Trying to escape to a place where no one knows her and her companion-by-mutual-self-interest Eponymous Clent, she stumbles into Toll, where there is a day city and a night city, and more plots than could fit in both together. It’s another well-done adventure, with a tiny little dose of Those Who Walk Away from Omelas, though without the relentless story logic of that classic. ( )
  rivkat | Jan 3, 2016 |
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 |
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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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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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