Luna: New Moon
The Moon wants to kill you.
She has a thousand ways to do it. The bitter cold of vaccum. The lethal sheet of radiation. Choking dust as old as the Earth. Your weakening bones ...
Or you could run out of money for water. Or air. Or simply run foul of one of the Five Dragons: the corporations that rule the Moon and control its vast resources. But you stay, because the moon can
As I read it, I kept saying to myself, "Damn! This was MADE for HBO. (Or Showtime.) This could be done Brilliantly as a well-funded high-quality production. Hell, this would be even better than GoT, and not only because it's SF instead of F! It's full of glitz, sex, the weight of history, capitalism, and tradition, not to mention all the sprinkling of assassinations and attempted assassinations to liven the party ...more
If you can imagine the Starks and Lannisters as two rival families with competing mining operations on the moon, I daresay the situation might look a lot like the plot of Luna: New Moon. I can’t remember the last time I read a sci-fi novel featuring a richer and more compelling premise, and I am also amazed that the characters are all so developed and well-defined. Where do I even begin when it comes to the many things I ...more
This is about the colonization of the moon by industrial entrepreneurs who supply an energy-short Earth where jobs for human beings are scarce and expensive higher education is needed for anyone to get ahead. The cast of char ...more
Dean Martin certainly sang how we see the the moon here on Earth. It’s a brilliant light in the night sky that is the symbol of romance as well as a tantalizing beacon of wonder and discovery that inspired one the greatest scientific and engineering achievements in human history. However, that’s looking at it from a distance. On closer examination it’s a lifeless hunk of rock in a vacuum that is irradiated constantly by the sun. A ...more
I've seen this book called "Game of Thrones in Space", and I'd have to say not so much. Only in the sense that it would make a fantastic series on HBO which would compare. I've also seen it compared to "Dallas", and there is a bit of that, but the most accurate comparison is easily The Godfather. That book/movie's sense of family and surviv ...more
Truer words were never spoken. People left Earth looking for a new kind of freedom and frontier, not wanting to be constrained by old ideas. On the moon, anything goes, for a price: offer, acceptance and consideration. The only law is the law of contract, enforced by courts and if necessary in bloody trials by combat. In effect, everything is freely available, but nothing comes witho ...more
CONTENT WARNING: (list of topics) (view spoiler)[ body horror, sexual assault, child abuse (hide spoiler)]
Things that were awesome:
-The world. Or I guess moon? The concept of the tunnels, du ...more
“Nothing tells you that you are not on Earth anymore than exhaling at one price and inhaling at another.”
This is easily my book of the year - and so late! Truly, it is the most well-written, intriguing, believable, unique science fiction I have read in a long time, let alone this year - and it is an absolute roller coaster to boot.
Luna: New Moon (the first in a
The moon has a cold heart.
For me, this was a frustratingly great read which should have received a full five stars. However, due to the many, many mistakes I had to lower my rating.
Hailed the “Game of Domes”, the story follows one of the five dynasties, or ‘Dragons’, who control the moon. We follow all members of the Corta family, and some others, through their various political, financial and romantic challenges.
McDonald ci ...more
I gave it a shot but boy did I not get along with this book. From the off I had no idea of what was happening up to about 10%. Then things sort of slotted into place and I was with it, but by about 25% I lost all interest. I read what could only be a handful of pages last night before deciding to listen to my audiobook in bed which never happens. This was a sign that I wasn’t into this book whatsoever and made me realise that it was time to call it quits.
There are some good ideas here ...more
"Game Of Thrones" on the Moon.
NOBODY COMPARES TO GOT!!!
"Luna" it's not a Space Opera, it's Space Telenovela. There is soooo much drama on the Moon that it can blow you away more than one episode of "Black Mirror". Everyone here is a bad guy (or gal). They plot evil schemes even if they are taking a shit. Sex, killing, bodies exploding, dresses from 1950s, parties, architecture, rich people, reminiscences about life on Earth, multiple lovers, space equipment weren't enough for me too k ...more
The cast is diverse, and I absolutely loved all of them. They're well developed, with amazing arcs, and McDonald put a lot of care and effort into the world building. The pace never slows; not a dull moment in this book.
Now, I won't lie, this book took a lot of effort. D ...more
Looking at the review below from my first read on the book in 2015 shows once again how much the act of reading and appreciating a book is subjective, depending on desire, mood, experience as a reader and even factors like reading it because it is new and everyone else is reading it rather than actually really wanting to read it so to speak, familiarity etc; this time for example I really loved it - it helped that I once went through it so the mix ...more
I loved the writing style it was rich and visual and forced me to slow down. Some reviews praised the second half and its faster plot, but I prefered the earlier half. I thought the style best suited the introduction of the large cast of characters and the dusty, claustrophobic, over populated world they inhabit. It includes some of my favourite scifi tech to date. I might not mind swapping my privacy for something as helpful as a "familiar". Also kudos for gender dive ...more
The comparisons for Luna: New Moon are seemingly endless: Tai-Pan, Noble House, A Game of Thrones, The Godfather, Dune, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (although instead of Heinlein's lunar utopia, Luna is a lunar dystopia). Just like these classics, the Mafia-styled families are doing all they can to increase their wealth and holdings at the expense of everyone else.
As in his book, Brasyl, which is set in a future South America, McDonald uses Brazilians as his main characters ...more
I keep seeing this describes as Game of Thrones in space. I sort of get it? But I also don’t. It’s like Capone vs O’Banion in space. Except instead of bootlegging they’re fighting about Helium-3 and turf. They have dazzling parties and beautiful clothes. They’re wealthy. Their lives are always in danger.
We follow the story ...more
The Cortas are the newest of the Five Dragons, the most powerful and wealthy entrepreneur families of the fledgling moon civilization. They live in a delicate balance of power within the family itself and with the other great families, including the Corta's main rival, the MacKenzies. The story follows three generations of the Cortas as their matriarch readies hers ...more
Writing was good: dialog, descriptive and action scenes. Frankly, its top notch for contemporary science fiction. I even thought the pr0n-y scenes were good. The characters in this book posed a problem to me like I had with War and Peace. There are a ...more
luna: new moon (Ian McDonald)
Damn. That was me first thought upon finishing this truly excellent book. I know this review won’t do it justice but I ended up loving this. I was instantly engrossed by the beginning of this novel and the wicked cool right-of-passage event. But then I became a tad worried because the POVs started jumping around quite a bit and there weren’t chapter brea ...more
I am really tired of reading reviews that call this Game of Thrones in space. Books about powerful families fighting each other were around long before GoT (plus the GoT books go downhill pretty fast after the first few - people mistake liking the ...more
This is a highly complex story with a vast cast of characters (you will want to use that dramatis personae in the front) that is filled with murderous politics, complicated dynastic mechanics, good old fashioned vendettas, betrayals, and the most egalitarian sexual dynamics I've ever seen. And it's all taking place on the Moon which suffuses the entire story with an extra dimension very like Dune had. I found myself stopping ...more
The writing: 5+ stars. Everything was exceptionally well done; pacing, plot, prose. The whole thing was so consistently excellent that I figure he had to have done 40-50 rewrites.
The plot: This was the weakest point for me, and I do mean me specifically. Mafia stories are not something that I typically enjoy outside of the Godfather trio. The soap opera was a bit much for me al ...more
Maybe I just read this at a wrong time. I liked a lot of things in this book (society of the moon, the chib system, so on), but unfortunately I had to put it down. My interest in it has totally gone. There are so many characters... and I didn't like anybody, so I do not care what will happen to them. I've read in some of the reviews that New Moon is like Game of Thrones, and I didn't like very much that either. So I'm not surprised that I DNFed New Moon, although I really wanted to l ...more