Search Results: "Ian McDonald"


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IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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EVOLUTION'S SHORE by Ian McDonald
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Yet McDonald's tale is also inventive and challenging, despite that disappointing non-ending: a dense, complex, rather weighty, often fascinating piece of speculation."
Optimistic near-future alien-contact yarn from the Ireland resident author of the gloomy The Broken Land (1992), etc. In 2003, Saturn's moon Hyperion unaccountably vanishes, while large meteorites strike Earth's tropic regions. Read full book review >

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EMPRESS OF THE SUN by Ian McDonald
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Endlessly fascinating and fun. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The marvelous Everness series takes readers to a world with highly evolved dinosaurs in this third voyage through parallel universes. Read full book review >

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PLANESRUNNER by Ian McDonald
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Shining imagination, pulsing suspense and sparkling writing make this one stand out. As Sen would say, 'fantabulosa bona.' (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Science fiction rules in this stellar series opener about a boy who travels to parallel universes. Read full book review >

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THE BROKEN LAND by Ian McDonald
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Inventive and often effective drama, but dense and oppressive, with the dark and anguished backdrop looming above the characters; and the ending bleakly acknowledges that, in terms of today's troubles, nothing much can be done."
Northern Ireland resident McDonald's medium/far future scenario—part allegory, all parallel—derives from the current situation in that unhappy land. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"More! More! (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In this exciting first sequel to outstanding series opener Planesrunner (2011), 14-year-old science whiz Everett Singh continues to outthink his enemies while navigating the multiverse searching for his dad, lost in a parallel universe. Read full book review >

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TERMINAL CAFê by Ian McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"World-building SF that's punk, funky, and frightening: a fantastic acid trip to the end of the world."
Los Angeles of the 21st century is a land where death has been eradicated, thanks to nanotechnology, and so life is cheap. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >

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IAN IS SICK  by Pauline Oud
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Ian isn't well, and his book isn't so great either. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Some TLC and a play date help a sick little boy get better. Read full book review >

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MARISOL MCDONALD Y EL MONSTRUO / MARISOL MCDONALD AND THE MONSTER by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2016

"Marvelously mismatched Marisol McDonald brings her unique perspective to the exploration of the universal topic of fear. (author's note, bilingual glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Marisol McDonald hears a bump in the night, her imagination goes wild, making her certain there must be a monster beneath her bed. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Marisol's varied, distinctive lifestyle and multiracial family affirms our increasingly blended society and clearly celebrates independent thinking. Brava! (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl celebrates her multiracial background and pride in her individuality through a creative and non-conformist attitude. Read full book review >