Search Results: "Ian McDonald"


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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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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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THE NIGHT IGUANA LEFT HOME by Megan McDonald
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It is full of love, independence, and natural law, and the slice of biogeography can't hurt. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's not that Iguana is angry or anything. Read full book review >

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THE BONE KEEPER by Megan McDonald
Released: March 1, 1999

"The coloring and textures embody the desert setting in the evening, showing the fearsome cave and sandy shadows that wait to release the mystery of the bones. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From McDonald (Tundra Mouse, 1997, etc.), a haunting, dramatic glimpse of the Bone Keeper, a trickster with special transformational powers. Read full book review >

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SPELLBOUND by Janet McDonald
FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2001

"Although the ending is a little unbelievable and pat, on the whole it's satisfyingly hopeful. (Fiction. YA)"
Raven Jefferson is 16 and lives with her mother in a housing project in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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SKYLAR IN YANKEELAND by Gregory Mcdonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Perhaps the liveliest of Mcdonald's recent books, though the multiple domestic crises never do grow together—you can just see Mcdonald ticking them off as he wraps each one up and soldiers on to the next."
Even apart from their dinner for an unnamed foreign ambassador, it's been quite a Labor Day weekend for redneck sexpot Skylar Whitfield's northern cousins. Read full book review >