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  • Title: Too Like the Lightning
  • Author: Ada Palmer
  • ISBN: 9780765378002
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mycroft Canner is a convict For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets Carlyle Foster is a sensayer a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.The world into which MycrMycroft Canner is a convict For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets Carlyle Foster is a sensayer a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s It is a hard won utopia built on technologically generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations And most of the world s population is affiliated with globe girdling clans of the like minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell To them, it seems like normal life.And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life
    Too Like the Lightning Mycroft Canner is a convict For his crimes he is required as is the custom of the th century to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets Carlyle Foster is a sensayer a spiritual

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    1. Update 1 5 17 Re read complete And one thing I can definitely say without hesitation Definitely better the second time around It s still mightily dense with ideas and worldbuilding and truly fascinating characters that always manage to surprise, surprise again, tease me to death with hints and portents, and then managing to slam me up against the wall in a very civilized fashion before disemboweling me It s just that kind of novel.I m loving the Marquis De Sade commentary as much this time as be [...]

    2. This is a hard one to review It s a very ambitious, very complex, very intelligent novel.However, it also tries too hard It s a bit too impressed with itself for being intelligent, ambitious and complex More than once, I just felt like sighing and saying, Relax Drop all the meta stuff and just let the inherent qualities of the story shine through without pointing them out to me However, the book does have many good qualities, and I felt that some people would definitely appreciate its twisty, fo [...]

    3. 4.25ish stars I won t even attempt a brief summary The briefest summary I could manage would still be TL DR I ll say this It s ambitious, it s complex, it s confusing, it s got a lot to say There are still a lot of things I m unsure about 1 Can t quite tell if it s a mess or it s brilliant, probably somewhere in between I just know that I m pretty sure I liked it 2 I say pretty sure because I don t really know if I understood it enough to like it I m not very well versed in the philosophical ide [...]

    4. 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2016 05 10 Has a book ever made you feel completely uncertain of how you ll rate it Like, what if you re blown away by its ideas, but at the same time they make you feel utterly out of your depth Or maybe, a book that you didn t think would fit your tastes actually ends up surprising the hell out of you Truth be told, it s not often that I experience such conflict with a novel, but I m also not surprised to find myself feeling like this about Too [...]

    5. Ok, DEEEEEP BREATH, Basia You can do this Hmmm I have been a VORACIOUS reader since I can remember, first in Poland, and then in the US I ve mentioned previously that I credit my love of reading with becoming fluent in this language in only six months Some of you may also know I have edited since I learned the language it came to me naturally, as I had no preconceived ideas about what the words might look like until I met them I learned to read, write, and speak these simultaneously, and accordi [...]

    6. Updated to add my Tor review tor 2016 05 10 a futurBut the short version they re science fiction that has a solid and fascinating world, great characters, and also that make you think about all kinds of things Since I read these, hardly a day has gone by when something hasn t made me think of them It s easy to find books that blow your head off making you think about things in new ways when you re fifteen, it s a lot harder when you re fifty These books show a future, a world, possibilities, tha [...]

    7. If you know anyone who doubts the inventiveness of Science Fiction as a genre, who questions the form s ability to encompass work of literary value, lend them a copy of Too Like the Lightning This is a novel of massive ambition, fusing 18th century philosophy and ideas with a very well built and awesomely convincing science fiction scenario that makes me excited for the future of my favorite genre.Palmer s novel sets up a complex future unlike any other I ve encountered This is a future earth th [...]

    8. Re read, original review below I loved every minute of re reading this book It was completely different reading Ada Palmer s prose from my initial experience listening to the brilliantly performed audiobook The first time through it seemed like the audiobook required every neuron of my brain to focus on the story to follow it I was constantly rewinding and writing notes while thoroughly absorbed This time I could just enjoy the experience and revel in Palmer s insert superlative orgasmic writing [...]

    9. I can t believe I made it Do you know the kind of dream in which you try to run away or push something open but your limbs are just too gooey, too slow As if you were under water Getting through this book was like that.The story is about the far future The author deliberately made it weird to the reader by creating a world in which gender is not indicated when talking to or about a person, where religion may not be talked about in a group of 3 or unless an overseer a sensayer is present because [...]

    10. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Ambitious Complex Thought provoking Ada Palmer s debut novel, Too Like the Lightning, is all those things and The book truly an intellectual piece of science fiction literature, not only in its themes political, societal, philosophical, and religious but also in the ornate, elegant, and nuanced writing style Demanding your full attention, this novel s complete depth cannot be appreciated without devoting time and effort to first consuming it before slowly sort [...]

    11. You will criticize me, reader, for writing in a style six hundred years removed from the events I describe, but you came to me for explanation of those days of transformation which left your world the world it is, and since it was the philosophy of the Eighteenth Century, heavy with optimism and ambition, whose abrupt revival birthed the recent revolution, so it is only in the language of the Enlightenment, rich with opinion and sentiment, that those days can be described You must forgive me my [...]

    12. Finally finished it a long read for not a long book.Did I very much enjoyed parts of it sureDid I very much find some parts of it disgusting again sureIs this book brilliant it definitely isSo how I m going to review this excellent and at same time weird SF book The story is told by Mycroft Canner the ex mass murderer and convict who now serves society and mostly high powers as a servicer which is now a lighthearted pacifist This is a new high tech world which countries aren t powers any but the [...]

    13. This might be the weirdest book I ve ever read Well, the weirdest book I ve read that I actually ended up enjoying I might have to think a while before officially giving it that award My instinct is to put this review away and not think about it for weeks I just want to sit with the story, let it brew and fester in my mind a little bit But I know if I do that, I will forget everything and end up floundering around when it actually comes time to write I might be eloquent about the book s larger [...]

    14. It s the 25th century and our narrator is Mycroft Canner, a Servicer, a property less criminal made into a servant of society The world is interconnected by mass transit that means nowhere on Earth is than a few hours separated, and that, as well as ubiquitous network access and tracking has made the old nation states largely irrelevant Instead the social structure of this time is made up of Hives, chosen nations of like minded individuals, some descended from the old nations, and some from oth [...]

    15. The chief appeal of this Novel appears to be that, rather than the entirety of the Interest hanging upon one or two Characters, as is generally the case in novels, the sly narrator introduces us, at first, to a whole family herein known as a bash every individual of which excites the interest, and both puzzles and Intrigues the Reader.Initially, the plot seems simple indeed, simple than the complexities of bash relations as we discover that what amounts to a yearly list of Popular Figures has b [...]

    16. Let us, dear reader, began with an examination of the New many are they who profess a wonderment and a bittersweet nostalgia at the child mindset, for whom all is novel and therefore exciting If you can indulge my own example, I remember demonstrating basic physics gravitation to my three year old nephew I was highly curious, would he possess the ability to note basic patterns and take delight in them, as I do So I gathered many objects, different in shape and material a small book, a fluffy bun [...]

    17. This is going to be an incoherent review, so I ll apologize right off the bat This is not an easy book It was 430 pages of struggle for me There are few info dumps The style is different Mycroft Canner the main character is writing this book in the style of the 18th century sort of most of the book is written perfectly normally to address someone reading it from the future He frequently addresses the reader, breaking the flow of the narrative to address the reader in thee and thou and ask you qu [...]

    18. Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer is a great look upon future developments of modern society Her ideas are mindboggling and yet firmly rooted in the world that we live in today.People organize in order of their ideology supposed to living in certain areas of the world The need for national states isn t existing any, due to fast travel possibilities, so you can live and work whereever you want.For this to work some of the freedoms we have in our society have been removed, like your right to ex [...]

    19. Too Like the Lightning is a consistently brilliant novel and a relentlessly exhausting one Ada Palmer clearly possesses a high intellect and a fervent imagination, and her debut novel bears the fruits of that combination with aplomb I feel like this is going to be a much talked about and debated novel, and possibly a polarizing one For now, I think the less said about it the better But I might find myself inclined to jump into a conversation or two about it down the road.Some recommendations a I [...]

    20. This is going to be a hard one to review, therefore I m not even going to try, but I will say that this novel is ambitious, it borrows heavily from western philosophy and aims at a complex futuristic society who have learned to do away with the problems war,murder, greed, violence we deal today or have they.Add a repentant murderer , a child who could change everything and you ll have the basics of this book if you read this , let me know what you think of it

    21. Honestly not sure when I last enjoyed a novel this much Enjoyed is too weak a word, even captivated, spellbound, whatever the word is for the thing that is much rarer than thinking yeah, this is a good novel A good novel, but also a Good Novel.Let me try to explain what I mean by the capital letters.I could, perhaps, try to convey what is good about this book by listing everything it does well by telling you that, for a great range of things readers might want out of a novel, this book does them [...]

    22. Mostly yes and than just a bit of no Absolutely, unreservedly yes for the following reasons Despite being possibly overly Eurocentric and Enlightenment centric, a depiction of an extremely unlikely future society, and a very dense, labyrinthine, convulted and often confusing narrative but somehow such an unusual mix of philosophy and sociology, written with such obvious passion and a mixture of lyrical delicacy and veiled brutality that I was riveted I read Ms Palmer s afterword, where she stat [...]

    23. Quick thoughts Not an easy book to get through I felt like I had to work hard to understand the world, and the culture And, not having any familiarity with Enlightenment philosophers, I think the bases for the different Hives and the characters behaviours was probably lost on me There were parts of the book that I really enjoyed, and other parts where I felt lost The setting is fascinating, and the way gender and religion are handled was interesting I feel like I should have loved this but didn [...]

    24. I learned about this book through the Tournament of Books the second volume in the series is on the 2018 long list and it sounded so good, I had to start the series This is a dense book, in a good way Even though the publishers blurb makes it sound action packed and it is the action takes place in an extremely complex world, so you can t speed read your way through it In this world, civilization is divided into hives created after humanity came close to obliterating itself through religious wars [...]

    25. The most stunning science fiction debut since The Quantum Thief A hard read especially in the beginning but the rewards are phenomenal Extremely innovative and fabulously frustrating, with mind blowing social, economic and political ideas, dense world building and a fascinating exploration of gender, this book wrestles with the readers s mind, it pushes them way out of the their comfort zone and it will leave them forever changed.

    26. the prose didn t click for me the book is ambitious for sure, but I couldn t muster any interest as the pages I read from many parts of the book including the ending seemed just to drone on maybe if you are interested in abstractions expressed in a novel this would work for you, but the book just has no life

    27. Oh wow, I noped hard reading this one I pushed through swearing and making faces Because while I really wanted to find the answers to some of the questions, and to see what happens with the premise, the journey yeah, the journey was mostly interesting and sometimes gripping but NOT enjoyable And not for the right reasons, either.The short version this book is very messy and some of it is on purpose but I m not convinced it s worth it, while other ways are I think not on purpose, and they make me [...]

    28. When I first agreed to review Too Like the Lightning all I really knew was that a futuristic sci fi political thriller sounded very interesting I wasn t sure that I would ultimately enjoy it, but sometimes you come across a new favorite I cannot say that this is a new favorite or that I will continue with future books in this series, but it was thought provoking.Ada Palmer was certainly ambitious when writing her debut novel and for that alone I say bravo She literally wrought a future Earth fro [...]

    29. It s hard to say exactly what this book is like It s a scifi book, stuffed to overflowing with futurist ideas It s written in a historical style, where the in universe narrator goes full on dear reader at you It s like an onion, where mysteries are peeled back and peeled back and peeled back, and every answer engenders questions It s a love letter to the philosophers and thinkers of the past, especially to the Enlightenment But it describes violent acts although not in the moment they occur , a [...]

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