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New Moon by Ian McDonald
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really liked it
bookshelves: solar-system
Read 3 times. Last read October 5, 2019 to October 8, 2019.

I was a bit disoriented at first by the admixture of common moon colonization tropes with the almost medieval merchant-dynastic politics whose commonplaces include trial by combat and arranged marraiges (granted, some of them are same-sex arranged marraiges).

This novel is soap opera-meets-space opera, most specifically, a 1980s-prime time type soap opera of the "Dynasty" stripe. Once you accept that, though, it's good entertainment. Me, I dig soap opera when it's done well, as it is here.

I found the fuedalistic/Wild West/post-nationalistic depiction of the Moon's near future unlikely, but the narrative admits freely that that is the kind of world it is depicting. It helped having one character's (Adriana Corta) past set in our present as a bridge between the now and the future of the story.

Indeed, this first novel in the Luna series is Adriana Corta's story. She is the common thread that knits together the various story lines of her children, grandchildren, allies, and enemies.

There is also a "character of invitation" (a character with a background more like the reader's), Earth-born Marina Calzaghe, who reacts to and interprets the actions of the characters in a way most readers will. This also helped ground me in the story. However, you don't start to see those reactions until after you've been thrust into the story world as it is perceived by Moon natives.

This book is way sexier than KSR's 2312, I must add, although it is downright pornographic in places.
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Reading Progress

January 2, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
January 2, 2016 – Shelved
January 11, 2016 – Started Reading
January 20, 2016 –
61.0%
January 23, 2016 – Finished Reading
December 9, 2018 – Started Reading
December 14, 2018 – Finished Reading
December 20, 2018 – Shelved as: solar-system
October 5, 2019 – Started Reading
October 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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