Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota) Hardcover – 13 Jul 2017
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'More intricate, more plausible, more significant than any debut I can recall' Cory Doctorow.
'The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do' Jo Walton.
'Thought-provoking, disturbing, occasionally perverted, and always entertaining. Worldbuilding at its richest' Kirkus.
About the Author
Ada Palmer is an author, historian and composer. She did her PhD at Harvard, teaches History at the University of Chicago, blogs at ExUrbe.com, composes close harmony folk music and performs with the a capella group Sassafrass.
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Throw into the mix a well designed culture, a believable world and of course an overall arc that not only delivers but keeps the reader guessing all round makes this a book that whilst at times hard to read, a title that you'll be more than pleased that you completed it. Stunning.
The only relatively recent speculative fiction novel worthy of comparison with Palmer’s memorable debut is Neal Stephenson’s “Anathem”, itself, a most noteworthy work of philosophically-oriented speculative fiction, but Stephenson’s great novel almost pales in comparison with hers, simply because of the rich fictional tapestry she’s woven, combining a memorably diverse cast of characters with different, often remarkably fresh, takes on classic science fictional tropes, in a distant future that is, in its own right, as compellingly optimistic as the one conjured by Gene Roddenberry in his “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series. Without question, “Too Like The Lightning” is a refreshing, as well as engrossing, fictional antidote to the rampant glut of bleak dystopian futuristic novels that have been embraced enthusiastically by both speculative fictional and mainstream literary fictional audiences in recent years, with Palmer a far more compelling – and persuasive – storyteller and exceptional prose stylist than virtually any other author of recent dystopian fiction.
Palmer introduces us to a distant future where familial and corporate ties transcend political ones; a distant future where the nation state is virtually nonexistent. Mycroft Canner, a convict guilty of heinous crimes, is condemned to spend the rest of his life traveling the globe, merely to help others in need. In the course of his travels he meets Carlyle Foster, a sensayer, a spiritual counselor charged with addressing the spiritual needs and wants of others, in a world where organized religion is out-lawed. They stumble upon a young boy, Bridger, who has the odd ability of bringing inanimate objects to life, and who may be the one who will change forever, the near Utopian Earth in which they inhabit. “Too Like The Lightning” should be seen as an instant classic of contemporary speculative fiction, and one that may be remembered, alongside the likes of William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” and Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash”, as one of the most important, most influential, works of Anglo-American speculative fiction. It should be seen as one of the great novels of our time, irrespective of genre.
It's well printed, with good pagination - but that's the best i can say.
Readers of Tom Jones, Pamela, Tristram Shandy ... will recognise where the author has been. But this is no Tristram Shandy. (Which is also no Tristram Shandy, but that's another story.)
More recently (well, in my lifetime) was it John Barthes who tried it first... ? A new C18th novel?
Anyway, i prefer my scifi to get on with it. Ideas and rayguns are fine. Or even just ideas.
But this book just bored me. Made me slightly cross, even.
It has ideas, above its station.
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