A hundred years in the future, a war wages between the Five Dragons—five families that control the Moon’s leading industrial companies. Each clan does everything in their power to claw their way to the top ...more
Fascinating doesn't begin to describe them. And these three popular Luna novels give us the full run of the five families on the Moon and the gory feud that culminated in mass death in the first book and ending with a fully brilliant realiz ...more
This is one of my most awaited books for 2019, as I absolutely adore New Moon and Wolf Moon. I already sang praises on the characters and the writing in my previous reviews, in this final review I will focus on the worldbuilding aspect.
I have to admit I was a bit surprised that the author actually expanded the world by adding new settings, new characters, and even new subplots. As with the previous books, the pacing is fast, details might be missed, yet everything came up nicely ...more
luna: moon rising (Ian McDonald)
Whew! It was certainly a rush down to the wire to finish this trilogy and write me review in time. This review is going to be super short because of a) the time crunch and b) I can't explain much without massive spoilers. I did think this book was much stronger th ...more
Four and half stars for the trilogy
Really, this is a very good trilogy, brilliant in some aspects, as usual in Ian McDonald's novels. I enjoyed it a lot. However, I have read (or reread) the three novels in a row and for now -and for some time I think- I have enough of Cortas and McKenzies.
For me, highly recommended. ...more
Full disclosure, I'm a fanboi for this author. I also have a recent fetish for all science fiction set on the Moon.
This book was the conclusion of the series. It was well written and richly detailed. The near-future world building was exceptionally good. Of the three (3) books in the series it was the most Dune-like , whereas the middle book in the trilogy (my review) had more of an old fashioned cyberpunk feel ...more
I'm really tired of reading about Wagner's dual light/dark sides, of Robson climbing all over the city, of Ariel's endless internal dialogs about fashion, of the extraneous descripti ...more
This hasn't been the easiest series to get into, and I remember struggling mightily in book one to keep track of everyone and the different motives, and once the violent overthrow of the Cortas began, the deaths were numerous and often horrible, which continued into book two. This book has its share of sudden, violent death, but the Cortas are in a different place at the story's open, with Lucasi ...more
But that isn't to say the books aren't without their flaws. There are definitely some things I would have liked tightened up. The primary one being the amount of reading between the lines that's needed to fully grasp these books. I happened to read this with buddies, who were wonderfully patient with me, a ...more
The annotations of these books often screams "Game of Thrones" meets "The Expanse" or something similar. While I can find vague similarities with both of these shows, the treachery, politics, absolute ruthlessness and even a few villains brings me up a whole different sci-fi mammooth - the legendar ...more
One thing of exceptional note is the writing. In this final book in particular McDonald shows his mastery of language and structure. Many passages are poems in the guise of narrative, adding an extra experiential layer to the story.
She is never comfortable now. She has no comfort on this world. This chuckle of water, ...more
Moon Rising was one of my most anticipated novels of 2019, and when my publisher offered me the chance to read a pre-proof copy of the third and final installment of Ian McDonald's trilogy, I dived right in. Knowing it would be a dense and fantastic read, but afraid my expectations wouldn't be met. They were. They were met in spades.
The prose is gorgeou ...more
It is an unenjoyable slog through lengthy and often unbelievable prose about characters who've ceased being people and become magnified caricatures.
The first two books created a fascinating future with dynasties battling for control of the moon, and the third throws all of that away for a constant barrage of mystical, pointless proceedings that bloom into existence and die immediately afte ...more
It's rare that cover copy is as accurate as in the case of McDonald's Luna trilogy; I was promised A Game of Thrones on the moon, and I got pretty much that, except with an ending. Moon Rising brings a few excellent plot developments and character beats and a good conclusion to the story, but there was something about the style - the narrative choices of what was and wasn't shown, the omissions and descriptions - that kept ...more
"It is time for me to take the blade." - Lucas Corta
Finally. I've been waiting for the finale to this saga for four years. And the result? Slightly disappointing.
I'm probably being harsh, there's no way it could have lived up to my expectations. It's no secret I think that this series is the greatest piece of science fiction since sliced cyber-bread, and I recommend it to anyone who sits still long enough. In particular I recommend it to people who think GoT is overrated (my personal viewpoint), ...more
I came across the first book in the series, *Luna: New Moon*, by chance. I hadn't been much of a sci-fi reader before that, but McDonald painted such a vivid, compelling picture of the nearish-future and the families struggling for control of the moon that I was completely absorbed. I wanted to spend time with his well-drawn characters in their surprising, danger ...more
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But if you let yourself in for these novels, you’ll discover ingeniously plotted and stunningly realized Sci-Fi. Pt. 3 is a near perfect (and surpris ...more
A disappointing ending for what should have been a excellent trilogy. The first book was great and then, it just went down hill. Lots of characters are mentioned here, without much purpose. I strongly get the idea that McDonald had a lot of passion for this project but lost interest, or simply didn't know how to conclude things. Too bad.
"That old Sun proverb: even the gods cannot help a woman who will not take an opportunity."
Luna: Moon Rising follows in the footsteps of its predecessors. There are too many characters, too many political machinations, and a lot of sex and violence. This is one of my favorite series, so I think it's fair to say all of that is good with me! The four remaining Dragons and new Eagle of the Moon continue to struggle over control of the moon, while also working on a deal with the terrestrials to
But that isn't to say the books aren't without their flaws. There are definitely some things I would have liked tightened up. The primary one being the amount of reading between the lines that's needed to fully grasp these bo ...more