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The Stars Blue Yonder Mass Market Paperback – September 28, 2010

Book 3 of 3 in the Team Space Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765360209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765360205
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.1 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,158,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SANDRA MCDONALD has been a Hollywood assistant, a software instructor, a bureaucrat, and an officer in the US Navy. Her short fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. Her previous novels were The Outback Stars and The Stars Down Under. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Customer Reviews

They are wonderful they hold you interest.
sydneycobain
Felt that the characters even got lost with all the jumping around Was disappointed with this 3rd book.
Savy
This is the third book in the trilogy begun with The Outback Stars.
Minsma

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pandababy on July 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Stars Blue Yonder by Sandra McDonald is third in a series that begins with The Outback Stars and is continued in The Stars Down Under. Tor Books schedules its release for a month from now - July 21, 2009. I enjoyed the first two books and have just finished an ARC of The Stars Blue Yonder.

Time travel is a well established theme in science fiction. H. G. Wells, sometimes called 'The father of Science Fiction', wrote his famous classic, The Time Machine, over a hundred years ago. He would probably appreciate the sophisticated twists in McDonald's premise on time travel, which dominates this book in the trilogy.

My preferences in science fiction are action and adventure, discovery and military, and alien culture. Personally, I do not enjoy encountering time travel in any literature, so I am not the best person to provide an unbiased review of a novel full of time travel. With that caveat, I will stipulate that McDonald's time travel premise is well done, and if I didn't have this personal quirk I'm certain I would have liked it more. Time travel was a minor consequence in the first two books, so I didn't see this coming.

In book three, McDonald develops relationships from the first two books, and I found the ending to be very satisfying from that perspective. I frequently had a sense of the kind of magical realism found in writing by Charles de Lint, for instance. But isn't that the case, when life suddenly goes sideways or upside-down (whether it is magical or science) that everything and everybody seems perfectly ordinary - until the unexpected bursts into the scene. In fact, I find real life to be just like that.

I greatly enjoy the fact that McDonald doesn't permit her characters to be stereo-typical heroes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Minsma on August 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the third book in the trilogy begun with The Outback Stars. I loved this trilogy from start to finish and this final book didn't disappoint. Impossible to summarize without spoiling things, but everyone I loved in the first and second books are here to finish things off. And there are new characters to love, ones I hope will find books of their own. I recommend this trilogy highly. It's ironic, since I resisted reading The Outback Stars for some time. I thought it was military sf, which I don't particularly care for. It is set in the military, but it's so much more than that: a touching love story, a mystical journey through Aboriginal myth, a mystery, and a confrontation with alien technology. Just a great read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Doss on March 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really liked the first in the trilogy, THE OUTBACK STARS, and would give it 5 stars. The second book, THE STARS DOWN UNDER, was not quite as good, and I would give it 4 stars. Unfortunately, the trend continues in the third installment. The whole book was about the characters jumping around in time, sometimes repeating destinations. I was tired of it all before the end. Also, the ending was not quite an ending, perhaps stretching the trilogy into a fourth book.
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Outstanding!!! The trilogy just kept getting better & better!! Easily a new favourite series!

I'm not quite sure how things actually ended up working in the end, nor do I understand the epilogue or why it was included. An opportunity for future endeavours? A spin-off?

You'd think that not quite understanding why the ending worked would be a major hang up, but somehow... I guess I was in deep enough that I could suspend belief for that moment? Or maybe it made sense in a way that I haven't quite fathomed yet. All I know is that this book was quite the ride!!

Only once did I think I knew what was going to happen, & I was still wrong. Extremely impressed for a debut trilogy. Sandra McDonald is a new favourite author!

I sucked these books down in no time flat!! I must read more of her work!! Alas, my library has nothing more by her. However, I did find a Kindle called Fir Na Tine, which I've heard great things about! Can't wait!!
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Format: Hardcover
Third in the series by Sandra McDonald, this book stands well on it's own, and leaves space for a continuation in another volume. The weaving of aboriginal myth with science fiction makes this series one of the most original in recent memory. The author has done a wonderful job of creating characters that you care about, a plot line that is interesting and takes you on a fascinating journey through both space and time. Hard SF mixed with a bit of romance, military conflict with a hostile alien culture, and an engaging narrative that holds it all together. Highly recommended.
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More About the Author

Sandra McDonald spent 8 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, battling frostbite, boonie pigs, and the perils of midrats. Later, as a Hollywood assistant, she inhabited a lovely cubicle at CBS Television City and skipped through the halls at Disney Studios in Burbank. She currently lives in Florida, writing award-winning science fiction and adventure stories for adults and kids. She holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine and teaches college online until her blockbuster movie comes out.

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