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The Stars Blue Yonder Mass Market Paperback – September 28, 2010
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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.Read more ›
What I liked: The story was original and clever! I liked the strong female character, and the obvious love the hero and heroine have for each other. I like the different scenarios where good people break bad, and vice versa.
What I didn't like: I thought it was a stand alone - I did not realize it was part of a series till the very end when it got confusing, and the story had to be part of another book that was not adequately explained. I still don't know what a Painted Child or an Egg is, but I understand the context ok.
IMO. Good clever sci fi and good writing. It was engrossing, and what more can you ask of a book?
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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story! Well rounded characters , plenty of action. A little confusing sometimes. Could have used a little more info on colonies and background. Overall, good read.Published 6 months ago
All the bouncing through time got tiresome and didn't seem to really make sense with the stated purpose of the mode of travel.Published 21 months ago by Scribe42
I Love this book, I love the way this author tells a story. I have bought a lot of her books and would buy more but I can't find anymore.Published on October 19, 2013 by GREGORY A BOLDUC
What a great set of books you should read them . They are wonderful they hold you interest. Love every minute of it. Worth the money..Published on September 28, 2012 by sydneycobain
I found this book hard to follow and just too farfetched, even for sci/fic. Felt that the characters even got lost with all the jumping around Was disappointed with this 3rd book.Published on August 30, 2012 by Savy
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. Read morePublished on March 5, 2010 by J. Doss