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Luna: New Moon – tekijä: Ian McDonald
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Luna: New Moon (vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: Ian McDonald (Tekijä)

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"The Moon wants to kill you. Whether it's being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or you just get caught up in a fight between the Moon's ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the Moon's near feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did. As the leader of the Moon's newest "dragon," Adriana has wrested control of the Moon's Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies... and each other"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:DanTarlin
Teoksen nimi:Luna: New Moon
Kirjailijat:Ian McDonald (Tekijä)
Info:Tor Books (2015), 416 pages
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Luna: New Moon (tekijä: Ian McDonald)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 35) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The “Game of Thrones” comparison works for me: it shares the same mix of having some neat world-building ideas but failing to make the world feel like it actually worked. The violence and sex aren’t enough to distract from so many “how does that even work?” questions or even basic things like how there are weird loan words from all sorts of languages but not a single word of “Globo”, the ostensibly universal tongue, etc. ( )
  acdha | Aug 15, 2021 |
My feelings towards this book changed a lot while reading, but in the end, it comes down to this: It started out and ended very strong and disappointed in the middle, especially in one regard. And in not just one way, it didn't quite deliver what it had promised.

What I liked:

- I love me some different POV characters.
- Corporations, dynasties and their conflicts ... IN SPACE.
- It's not US-centric, which is basically a guarantee I'll read it.
- The technology is interesting and believable.
- Knife fights ... IN SPACE.
- Great worldbuilding.

So, this book should have been right up my alley. Sadly, it wasn't.

- The beginning and the ending were very good. In fact, the ending is the best thing about this book, but it does not quite make up for all the rest.

What didn't work?

- I feel like I never really got to know the POV characters, except for one (Adriana Corta, and she doesn't really have impact on the current events). I think it was because their chapters were too short and there was too much switching between characters, so they never developed beyond their respective stereotypes and I couldn't empathize with them. Thus, I didn't really care about what happened to them. I only started caring about Lucasinho right before the book ended.

- There was a lot of unnecessary stuff in there that didn't contribute anything to the story (Wagner!) I do think it might be important in one of the next books, but I don't like this whole 'You have to read all the books to really appreciate them' thing. Get my attention with your first book!

- The writing is bloated, with repetitions. Too many repetitions, always repetitions.

- I did not like the narrator of the audiobook. He speeks too slowly and flatly, even in emotional scenes. Didn't work for me at all, even after I sped it up.

What disappointed me

The author tried to write strong, female characters (I think), but wrote 'strong, female characters'(TM) instead. Every one of them is either a mother or a sex object or both. Even Ariel, who is a POV character, and is presented as an independent woman with a great carrier who knows what she wants, is treated this way. I can't think of one decision she made for herself thorough the whole book. Every decision is made for her by someone else, usually a man.
Like, there are really cool ideas in there, and interesting female characters, but they rarely ever get the chance to be more than a mother or a body.

Additionally, this author is weirdly fascinated by women having sex and likes to describe it in excruciating detail. Almost every woman (who is not clearly 'just' a mother) talks or thinks about having sex (sometimes in the least probable situation, like when Marina nearly died and thinks about having sex with Carlinhos while still recovering) or is described having sex. And the description doesn't even try to be from her perspective, but is written for the onlooker, the voyeur.

I actually went back and confirmed when this book was written, because it reads like something from the 70s or 80s, and I do not have this kind of patience with male authors writing female characters in this day and age anymore. It usually makes me angry, but here, it just disappoints, because I really wanted to love this book, it had such a great premise.

Let me give you some examples: (Spoiler tags ahead)

The Ariel scene. I get why it's in the book, it establishes her as an autoerotic person. But then why do we need all this detail about what exactly she does? And why does the author feel the need to add a mirror, so he can describe what she looks like from the outside, if it is about her feeling inside? In the end, the scene reads like a cam-girl scene and not remotely like something about a person who's only aroused by themselves.
Also, she orgasm'd for the first time when she put on a really tight space suit? Seriously? It's 2020 (or 2015, in the case of this book). If you don't know how women work, ask them!

Rafa, a main character, goes down on his wife, but only the woman's (a side character's) body and (re-)actions are described in excruciating detail. The only thing said about Rafa is how amazing he is at it.
Also: 'He didn't even pressure her for a blow job afterwards.' - How bloody nice of him! Yeah, maybe that's just his character, but it was established how much they love each other, so ... which one is it?

In contrast to that, Lucasinho having sex is a big part of his character, and he is never described in this kind of detail. (Which I am thankful for, he is a teenager after all!) Every single one of the male characters gets a '...and they fell into bed. Several hours later...' kind of scene and it seems to be sufficient for establishing their characters. Not once does the author describe a man's body while he is having sex in any detail.

...................................

I feel like the author wanted to write this huge, epic 'A Song of Ice and Fire in Space', something I would have loved. But sadly, it isn't quite that.

I was torn between two and three stars, but I actually had to force myself to finish this book because of the bloated writing, so it will be two stars.
I don't know yet if I am going to read the next book in the series. ( )
  booksandliquids | May 3, 2021 |
I was anxious about reading this book when I saw the long list of characters, thinking I would forget who was who and that would spoil the story, and had hopes it would be a mindless thriller set on the moon. However I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was actually quite easy to follow the characters as McDonald focusses on just a few at a time. Indeed the story of the families, their feuds, their inheritances, their powers, their histories, and their relationships are strung together very well. I understand the author wanted to create a situation similar to The Godfather, which I feel he has achieved. The fact that the setting is on the moon is what I really enjoyed the most - the imaginings of how humans live there, eat, drink, move around, work, play. They have "familiars" - like a cross between the daemons in Philip Pullman's Dark Materials book and a mobile phone, who not only talk to you, but can also keep an eye on your statistics (eg Oxygen levels), and communicate with other familiars, sending and receiving messages. As one character was about to die on the surface of the moon, her familiar said "Your chances of survival are zero. Goodbye, Rachel". I loved McDonald's choice of works to described footprints on the moon: "The regolith is a palimpsest of every journey made across it." ( )
  AChild | Feb 26, 2021 |
This is basically "Game of Thrones" style political drama set on a colonized moon, with fighting between 5 families (which are sort of parodies of various ethnic groups from Earth -- Australian/European, Brazilian, Chinese, Russian, Ghanaian). It's reasonably interesting but much more intrigue/political/family drama vs. hard SF, so not really to my taste. There is a strong libertarian slant to the whole thing, with basic commodities of life (including oxygen) billed, contracts executed digitally and instantly, and most strikingly, a highly politicized ("post-truth", basically) legal system which allows for trial by combat.

Overall interesting, but not my favorite Moon colonization novel -- far behind Heinlein or Corcoran. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Complex, well-written sci fi with fully developed and detailed society, political history, economic system, and technology. Wonderfully full of ethnic, linguistic, and sexual diversity. The final chapter is stunning - it made my stomach twist and I mourned the beauty Ian McDonald had built until then. (GoT spoiler ahead) Red Wedding on the moon!

Obligatory summary that hopefully sells you on it if you're on the fence:
On the moon there are five dynasties, known as the Five Dragons: the Cortas, the Mackenzies, the Suns, the Asamoahs, and the Vorontsovs. The book follows mostly Corta characters as well as Marina Calzaghe, an engineer fresh from Earth trying to make money to pay her mom's medical bills. Reexperience the Cortas rise to power through the ruthless and driven matriarch's retelling, take a jaunt through the thrilling sexual scene of the moon with young runaway Lucasinho Corta, struggle to adapt to the harsh environment and society of Luna with Marina, practice the uncivilized-compared-to-Earth-yet-more-demanding-of-skill-and-shrewdness contractual law of the moon with Ariel Corta, navigate rocky and often fatal-for-the-unlucky business relationships with Lucas and Rafa Corta, and when the decades old bad blood between the Mackenzies and the Cortas starts to boil over? Just hope you're on the other side of the moon. Do yourself a favor and read the book. ( )
  strangerrrs | Dec 20, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 35) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Once the reader has oriented herself, she will shoot through the rest of the book – pages flying, hurtling towards a brilliantly tense and readable denouement. I turned the last page gasping to read the second volume of McDonald’s dyad, out next year.
 

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"The Moon wants to kill you. Whether it's being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or you just get caught up in a fight between the Moon's ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the Moon's near feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did. As the leader of the Moon's newest "dragon," Adriana has wrested control of the Moon's Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies... and each other"--

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