Search Results: "Ian McDonald"


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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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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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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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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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SP4RX by Wren McDonald
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A pulls-no-punches techno-thriller; think Mr. Robot meets The Stepford Wives. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
In a gritty future, hackers must fight an evil corporation trying to turn humans into mechanically altered zombies. Read full book review >

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WEATHER by Jill McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"While McDonald's art is delightful and the Hello, World! series appears to be promising, she should stick to topics that are close to home. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two youngsters learn about weather and the clothing it requires in this simple introduction that launches the Hello, World! series. Read full book review >

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OFF-COLOR by Janet McDonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Somewhat sloppy—especially in the ever-shifting narrative perspective—but lively. (Fiction. YA)"
Issue-driven but spirited, this posthumously published work tackles the meaning of race. Read full book review >

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BROTHER HOOD by Janet McDonald
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2004

"This lacks the depth of romance and lyrical writing that was evidenced in Walter Dean Myers's Beast (2003), but has an authenticity and immediacy that will appeal as well as being a great title for discussion. (Fiction. YA)"
Nate's dual life allows him to be comfortable at Fletcher, his exclusive, private boarding school, and on his home territory in Harlem. Read full book review >

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SHADES OF SIMON GRAY by Joyce McDonald
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A page-turning plot, good characterization, and very convincing setting will have this suspenseful thriller driving up library circulation. (Fiction. YA)"
It starts with an abnormal spring heat wave that triggers an invasion of spring peepers. Read full book review >