A Dragon is dead.
Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed .
The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent dea...more
This is definitely the kind of series where you have to want to pay very close attention to the sharp, precise lines of text, enjoy truly convoluted political machinations, and not mind a lot of weird sex.
What a weird thing to say about a novel, right? But it's true! After so many brilliant and beautiful descriptions of tall towers on the moon, of falling from great heights, both literally and figuratively, we see the grandeur and the decadence and the hubris wri ...more
Luna: New Moon was a wonder for me, a sensation. And following directly on its heels is this sequel, Wolf Moon, which picks right up from the shocking events at the end of the first book. As such, the usual caveat about potential spoilers for book one applies to this review, in case you haven’t had the chance to start this series yet and would like to approach it with completely fresh eyes (and I would highly recommend doi ...more
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What a fantastic read. The first book, Luna New Moon, was great and this is even better.
As I mentioned in my review for New Moon, this series has been dubbed ‘Game of Domes’ and it feels every bit as epic as George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece.
We follow the fallout from the epic events that c ...more
New Moon was dense and original, filled with political machinations and bloody action. Unfortunately, Wolf Moon pales a bit by comparison. I should say up front that McDonald's prose makes for great reading, with short but descriptive sentences that are both sensory laden and impressionistic. At the same time, however, I thought the substantive story was somewhat lacking. While mos ...more
There’s some character growth and some character degeneration here. Ariel Corta is a raging alcoholic whirlwind of a lawyer. Lucas Corta has done lost his mind. Lucasihno, Luna, and Robson are just trying to survive. ...more
Wow. I really do love the near-future universe that Ian McDonald has set up with Lady Luna. So vivid and realistic, yet one thing he really specializes in is flawed characters. I've found that I even care about the ones I don't much like on a personal level.
This does have a middle-book feel, which does make it not quite as good as the first one, but it is still very good on its own too. And what a setup for ...more
Un Dragón ha sido destruido. Ahora solo cuatro corporaciones familiares amansan sus riquezas en la Luna, pero han de repartirse sus riquezas. Esto no es nada fácil, y algunas rivalidades y guerras internas surgirán en la Luna. Los supervivientes de Corta Hélio se han dispersado. Algunos están bajo la protección de los poderosos Asamoah, otros son pupilos en Mackenzie Metals y el ultimo heredero nombrado de Corta Hélio, está en paradero desconocido. Así conoceremos como sobreviven los Cort ...more
Of course, to better understand this novel -like all Ian McDonald’s works- a s ...more
I remembered being really impressed with New Moon so obviously I was thrilled when I found out there would be a sequel. When the Coode Street Podcast raved about this, my patience got thinner. I am a sucker for political intrigue, power grabs, coups, intricate conflicts, especially when the characters are unique, grey, and memorable. Spi ...more
Luna: Wolf Moon is the sequel to Luna: New Moon and follows the Corta family corporation on the Moon (Luna) and this time back on Earth.
Since the events of the first book the Corta family are in drastically different circumstances. They’ve become more scattered and less of a cohesive unit and are now on the back foot against the other 4 dragons, or families. Their oldes ...more
La capacidad para la narración de McDonald es tremenda. Puede meterte dentro de un caos tremendo, con decenas de puntos de vista, pero en ningún momento te pierdes. Es más, cada personaje tiene su propia voz muy distinguida. Además se permite momentos para deleitarse, por ejemplo, en hacer un símil larguísimo (de varias páginas) con una tarta. También os digo que este tipo de novela no es para el gusto de todos. El agobio y la claustrofóbia de la Luna es palpable en cada página y en el esti ...more
Pero lo importante es, ¿dónde está el siguiente?
highly recommended and eagerly awaiting where it goes next - still closer to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress than to GOT btw and modern sf the way it should done more often (not particularly daring in concepts but a realistic view of possibilities and power - th ...more
Second in sprawling scifi series set on the moon. The scope for this series is large and sprawling, the plot is ambitious and intricate, but the characters are wholly unengaging and their welcome has worn exceedingly thin in the two published books.
The set up and tech is interesting and contains potential. Luna: Wolf Moon is not entirely bad, but it's definitely not enough to keep me reading this series, tho.
“That's the lesson of Our Lady of the Thousand Deaths... There is no dignity at the end.”
I have been looking forward to this book for a long time, and it fell slightly short of the probably overly high expectations I had placed on it.
Luna: Wolf Moon picks up right where New Moon left off - Lucas shooting into lunar orbit, half-dead from oxygen deprivation, and being taken in by the Vorontsovs - his family and their empire shattered and scattered to the winds.
What follows is a a slow-burn of ...more
“No hace falta buscar; no hay nada que rescatar. O se vive o se muere a manos de la Luna”.
El año pasado Luna. Luna Nueva de Ian McDonald fue una de mis mejores lecturas, me impresionó mucho la capacidad del autor de Manchester, de presentarnos a una sociedad creíble que se había establecido en la hostil Luna y la había transformado en su hogar, describiéndonos cómo las cinco familias apodadas “dragones” habían creado un imperio dond ...more
The setting is superb - the Moon is certainly a harsh mistress in Mr McDonald's eyes and I believed this totally as I read compulsively for hour after hour. The premise of a libertarian society taken to an ultimate conclusion is fascinating - I have seen comparisons to the dynastic clashes of Game of Thrones in reviews, and I loved a side refe ...more
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So yeah, in case you can't tell: These are among the best books I've read in a long while and I can't wait for the next part! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Review originally published on The Curious SFF Reader
The long awaited sequel to New Moon, Wolf Moon starts off a couple of months after the fall of Corta Helio. The few remaining Cortas are scattered around the Moon under the protection of several families and, of course, they are planning revenge.
I read New Moon when it just came out back in 2015 and even though I remembered the world and the cliffhanger a the end, the cast of characters is so immense and the relationship between the diff ...more
I found this 2nd book in McDonald's trilogy disappointing.
I had trouble at times keeping particular minor characters separate in my mind, largely because his characters are so one-dimensional. While I generally enjoyed the first book, I am finding hard to buy into his Lunar culture. It just doesn't seem realistic to me. His five families are so stereotypical as to be ridiculous (the uncouth Australian miners; the inscrutable Chinese; romantic/dangerous Brazilians; the somewha ...more
I found myself slightly disappointed at the end because for some reason I thought this was to be a 2-book series, so I was expecting an ending with at least some ...more