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New Moon by Ian McDonald
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Ian Mcdonald is probably the best writer whose books don't blow me away. If I extract individual components from his novels - chapter, sequence, character aside - I am bowled over by his style, skill, depth of feeling, sense of humor, et all. Which is why it's so disappointing that his sprawling epics are so unfocused. I found much to admire in Luna: New Moon, but it took me forever to finish. The narrative meanders, pattern-less, through it's various character strands, sometimes dropping a storyline for fifty or more pages, just as it's building steam.

The ending is solid; everything comes together and pays off well. I really liked the worldbuilding, a vision of anarcho-capitalism run amok on the moon, where thuggish mafia-like syndicates are treated as legitimate corporate entities. I kept putting it down, though; walking away from it and moving on to other stuff before returning to it in small increments. Three stars is as much of a recommendation as I can give to a book that enticed me but failed to hold me in its grip.
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Reading Progress

April 24, 2015 – Shelved
April 24, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
December 13, 2015 – Started Reading
January 19, 2016 – Finished Reading

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William Thank you for the review!

I often get him mixed up with John D. MacDonald. Too bad.


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