Search Results: "Paul J. McAuley"


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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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WHOLE WIDE WORLD by Paul McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"A rare combination of soft-boiled hero, gut-churning crime, official puritanism, and commercial arrogance, whose chilling, all-too-believable backdrop will be instantly recognized by anyone familiar with the UK's already prevalent CCTV schemes."
Near-future police thriller from the author of such significant SF yarns as The Secret of Life (2001) and the far-future Confluence Trilogy. Read full book review >

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CHILD OF THE RIVER by Paul McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 5, 1998

"Agreeably meaty and complex, challenging and tantalizing: an entry with ample scope for sequels, the one possible drawback being that McAuley's (Pasquale's Angel, 1995, etc.) narrative voice may be too cool to be entirely satisfying."
Thousands of years ago, so we eventually learn, the omnipotent and now-vanished Preservers built Confluence, not a planet but a habitat, or construct, that's home to a zillion species—"bloodlines"—whose ancestry includes both human and animal genes. Read full book review >

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COWBOY ANGELS by Paul McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Not McAuley's best, but exciting enough to keep the thriller crowd on board."
Alternate-reality sci-fi thriller from the underrated author of Gardens of the Sun (2010), which first appeared in Britain in 2007. Read full book review >

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SINGING BIRD by Roisin McAuley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"McAuley, a British broadcast journalist, raises potentially interesting questions, but her answers come too easily to her manufactured and bland characters."
Debut about a woman who searches for her adopted daughter's birth parents, then makes an earnest attempt to grapple with issues of sin and forgiveness, largely within the context of Catholicism. Read full book review >

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VIOLINS OF AUTUMN by Amy McAuley
Released: June 19, 2012

"Readers who prefer layered characters over racing plot should seek out the more subtle works of Judy Blundell or Kathryn Miller Haines. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
An American teenager becomes an Allied spy for the French Resistance during World War II in this briskly paced historical to novel. Read full book review >