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McDonald's Time Was, a time travel romance novella about two men, was released in April 2018. [23] Awards [ edit ] Won [ edit ] Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1995 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved 3 May 2009.

Hopeland by Ian McDonald | Waterstones

Raisa Hopeland is intent on becoming the next electromancer of London. During a riot she collides with Amon Brightbourne and sets in motion a series of events which will span decades, Amon’s family has secrets that makes loving him dangerous, Raisa has Hopeland.
In an epic journey of place and time with the world in chaos and upheaval their paths cross multiple times, London, Iceland, Tonga, her journey is painful and joyful and will change them all.
This is part sci-fi, part fantasy, part fiction, it is grounded in our world and yet not, it is a vast story on a worldwide stage that covers decades and thousands of miles. It highlights climate change, the devastation of humanity, the flaws and mistakes we have made, the importance of family, of community, of connection.They met while London burned. A encounter during a riot brought Amon Brightbourne together with Raissa Hopeland on a mad rooftop hunt for a family heirloom: a Tesla Coil. But there is no such thing as chance where Amon is concerned: he's been exiled from his family home because he's both cursed and blessed with the Grace — he lives a charmed life, but at the expense of those closest to him. The Grace made him fall in love with Raissa, and with her family, the extraordinary Hopelands — a family like stars in the sky, scattered but connected in constellations of affection, parenthood, love and responsibility. Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1996 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved 29 March 2009.

Hopeland by Ian McDonald | Waterstones Hopeland by Ian McDonald | Waterstones

He walks away from the scene of the phone-switch. On Finn’s stolen phone he can easily locate the Prize. This battered street door leads to a courtyard. There is a fire escape. Of course. Before he climbs the ladder in his inappropriate footwear to a flat roof he makes sure to switch off the purloined phone. Seal the crime. Across a few metres of abandoned barbe- cues and bottle-smash rises a stained-glass cupola, patterned with branches and leaves like a Tiffany lamp. At the four corners of the roof stand slender metal pillars, twice his height, each capped with a metal sphere the size of his head. Are those arcane markings etched into the roof lead beneath his feet, or the hieroglyphs of pigeon shit? Spare, simple, elegant when he needs to be...deep and meaty when he wants to be... [Mcdonald] does his work like an artisan pulling a sculpture from stone. " —NPR on Luna: Wolf Moon We don’t learn what happened to Amon after this shattering break for some time. But finally he resurfaces—in Ava’u, of all places, the omphalos of the Hopeland mystique. His new destiny at first seems that of merely an eccentric expatriate. But circumstances soon propel him too onto the global stage. And then comes the grand reunion of the two star-crossed lovers, amidst much international tumult and fanfare.He takes the forbidden fire escape and descends to the Dean Street drinkers. ‘Um, could I ask a wee favour?’ The Grace can never be sum- moned or commanded. It is a shine. It goes out from him and touches hearts made wide by beer and summer and the drinkers help him drag a picnic bench across the street, upend it and position it under the drop point. For all that I can see Hopeland as perhaps being Ian’s best work – and I am sure that there will be other readers who love it – I liked it, rather than loved it. Frankly, there were times where it became a slog, where I just wanted the plot to get on with it.

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