Search Results: "Paul J. McAuley"


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ANCIENTS OF DAYS by Paul J. McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 6, 1999

"Once again, rich, challenging, and inventive, with a satisfying complexity: another extraordinary installment."
More or less independently intelligible sequel to Child of the River (1998). Read full book review >

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PASQUALE'S ANGEL by Paul J. McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Minutely observed, with a fascinating mÇlange of historical and imaginary characters—yet for all its hard work: dismal, forbidding, and tough to get involved with."
The science-fiction subgenre of Victorian ``steampunk'' is well-established—but what might McAuley's latest mind-boggling venture (Red Dust, 1994, etc.), which places the Industrial Revolution back in Renaissance Italy, be called? Read full book review >

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ETERNAL LIGHT by Paul J. McAuley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Flaws and all, a remarkable performance."
Panoramic, far-reaching, far-future hardcover debut involving black holes, aliens, religious fanatics, and vengeance. Read full book review >

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SHRINE OF STARS by Paul J. McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"McAuley brings his brilliantly imaginative saga to a rewarding, compelling conclusion: overall, a landmark of far-future science fiction."
Final part of McAuley's extraordinary far-future trilogy about the artificial world of Confluence (Ancients of Days, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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RED DUST by Paul J. McAuley
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Superb."
An extraordinary saga, set somewhat nearer to home than McAuley's remarkable debut, Eternal Light (1993). Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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PAUL by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >

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PAUL by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Acts, though historically imprecise, makes for a much better story."
A dry historical tome that would be more aptly titled ``Paul: A Cultural History.'' The difficulties of doing ancient biography are compounded when one of the two major sources available is believed to be historically unreliable and corrupt. Read full book review >

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Paul by Gesner Noel
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"An excellent single-volume introduction to Christianity's first theologian."
A brief but thorough account of St. Paul's life and an analysis of its significance in the subsequent development of Christianity. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF LIFE by Paul McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Spectacular ideas, life-sized characters, credible and provocative politicking and maneuvering: a pity, then, about the present-tense narrative, which intrusively smothers any developing sense of drama."
Near-future biological thriller from the author of the dazzling far-future Confluence trilogy (completed with Shrine of Stars, 2000), etc. In 2026, a huge invasive biological growth, the Slick, floats in the Pacific Ocean. Read full book review >

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WHITE DEVILS by Paul McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Apart from the tough-slog present-tense narrative and sheer density of detail: McAuley's heart-of-darkness is as bleak, scarifying, persuasive, and terrible as it gets."
Near-future biological horror from the talented, versatile British author of Whole Wide World (2002), etc. Read full book review >