Too Like The Lightning: Book One Of Terra Ignota
  • Too Like The Lightning: Book One Of Terra Ignota
  • Too Like The Lightning: Book One Of Terra Ignota
ISBN: 0765378000
EAN13: 9780765378002
Language: English
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 9.3" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.37 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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From the winner of the 2017 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Ada Palmer's 2017 Compton Crook Award-winning political science fiction, Too Like the Lightning, ventures into a human future of extraordinary originality

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 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 competion 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.

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   Truly amazing writing that requires a great deal of trust from the reader.
This book starts slowly and expects a great deal of trust from the reader that key concepts and characters will be explained later, but the writing is so stellar that it will be very difficult to put down. It compares favorably with works such as Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe, with a writing style that is reminiscent, if not exactly similar. If you have the patience and appreciate truly outstanding writing, this book can not be missed.
   Challenging, demanding, rewarding
This is an extraordinary book and science fiction has not seen its like in a long, long time. Like Torturer it makes intellectual and moral demands while rewarding the reader with views from great heights of imagination. Unlike Torturer, it also has a great deal to say about modern society, its intellectual history and its paths into the future. It reminds me why literature needs science fiction, some things can not be said without the thought experiments allowed by the genre.
   Loved this book
This book loved. The book ends without warning or any kind of closure. Now waiting for the sequel, Seven Surrenders.
   Ultimately satisfying
Palmer has a compelling approach to gender, sex, violence and politics. The narrative gains radically steam at the end and i can not wait for part two.
   Takes on the big stuff
God, His fate, human history, intellectual nature, the future and the past. Evil and good. Hannibal Lecter, Utopia, Riyl Asimov, The Enlightenment.
   Slow to start hard to put down by the end.
The book was a little slow to learn, with so many things to learn about this new future. Can 't wait for the second one.
   Unbelievably intricate and compelling
Educational, engaging and imaginative. A good story with a cast of characters who are surprisingly unpredictable. Wish the various version came with a who's who glossary in the beginning, so it would be easier to track characters and their kindle affiliations, but eventually you get the hang of it. If you do not have an understanding or appreciation for the role of the philosophers throughout the world, pay attention and you will. Hats off to her great infusion of knowledge as part of a cleverly unfolding story.