512 pages

English language

Published April 15, 2023 by Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom, Tor Books.

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4 stars (4 reviews)

2 editions

reviewed Hopeland by Ian Mcdonald

Kind of meh for me

3 stars

I am a huge fan of most of Ian McDonald's stuff, but unfortunately this one hit kind of flat and was a major struggle to finish.

I had a little trouble with the whole magical reality aspect of the book, for starters. It seemed incredibly present in the first section, and then largely disappeared into the background until near the end, so it felt rather jarring when it returned after so long.

Also, the whole Hopeland thing wasn't quite strongly enough envisioned for me to get a handle on it?

Honestly, this may largely be me. Like I said, I had a lot of trouble connecting to this book and the characters so I might have just drifted off and lost details that are actually obviously there.

But that's my 2¢ FWIW…

reviewed Hopeland by Ian Mcdonald

some books can take a long time to read, and that's ok

4 stars

Hard to give this many stars to a book that I got badly stuck in the middle of, more than once. Each of the characters and their stories would hook me, but then it would switch to something else and I'd lose interest.

But in the end it all came together well, and it's got some great themes.


5 stars

I loved everything about this book. It is inspiring and hopeful. The "found family" aspects are wonderful, without being so overwhelmingly positive as to render them completely unbelievable.

Now that I'm through gushing, I will say that many people will not like this book. It has many aspects that I typically despise in books, starting with the fact that not a whole lot actually happens despite the immense length of this tome. (Someone who recommended it to me described it as "a massive slab of a book.") At one third of the way into this I still had no real idea what it was about, and even by the end it is difficult to concisely describe. Is it possible to say I highly recommend this, while also warning that a great many folks will not be happy with it? Despite it ticking a lot of the boxes that usually make …

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