If ou know anyone who doubts the inventiveness of Science Fiction as a genre who uestions the form s ability to encompass work of literary I can t believe I made it Do The Upanishads you know the kind of dream in whichou try to run away or push something open but Winter Magic your limbs are just too gooey too slow As ifou were under water Getting through this book was like thatThe 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 religion has been outlawed though the lawmakers know faith can never be Add to that some technological advancement like almost instant travel around the globe and space lifts In this society some criminals are not kept in prison or killed but used as Servicers dependent creatures there to do the jobs nobody e Ok DEEEEEP BREATH Basia You can do thisHmmm 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 Bird Habitats in Britain 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 according to all the rules and the countless exceptions to these that govern the English language I say this to make it crystal clear that I have read my fair share of novels in English and in Polish and sampled from many genres Andet NEVER never ever in my entire reading life have I worked harder to comprehend a book that made me feel like any I points I thought I had were no than wishful thinking on my part As I began my journey through this book I shared with a number of friends that I think I may not be intelligent enough for this book And et even as I shared these comments I could not set it aside I chose instead to bombard poor Brad with inuiry after inuiry because if ANYONE had the answers aside from the author of course it would be he A special thanks to Brad for not unfriending me for the lunatic I had become during this period Then somewhere around 27 or perhaps 35% into the book the fog began to clear I came to understand the sheer complexity the delicious intricacies involved in this story Such complexity DEMANDS exactly the kind of introduction provided to us by Ms Palmer And the payoff I received for refusing to stop reading the book despite not feeling at all certain about whether I was even following it correctly is a TREASURE TROVE A Prince s ransom I believe is the fitting cliche for what I mean to describe here I LOVED the style chosen to tell the story through the words of a narrator who witnessed most of the events described in the story It was almost eerie how often he d sayAdmit it Reader You laugh at this And there I d be driving in my car and giggling to myself Prescient almost Just ONE example among so so many of the countless kick ass facets to this intense most elaborate and well organized story In short HA my GOODNESS friends This book is sheer madness in its scope depth design the ideas it introduces others which it reincarnates Gorgeous stunning madness If I could move into some version of the world Ada Palmer created here which provides enough detail to allow someone to follow her book like a blueprint with which to build a different kind of society altogether I d LOVE to Or I DID until Brad pointed out that the next book s title may cause me to reconsider As a side note I couldn t resist looking up Ada Palmer as I got closer and closer to the book s end People the woman is 35 ears YOUNG and has just EXPLODED with this series Her background must have exposed her to so much in order to create what I was fortunate enough to pick up and consume I am BEYOND impressed So الإيضاح لمتن ايساغوجي في المنطق yes I absolutely recommend this book However I suggestou
get it in print or print AND audio I did audio only and wish I d chosen it in print or print AND audio I did audio only and wish I d chosen combined media option instead A word about the narrator Jefferson MaysHe was so well chosen for this project Wow The accents were PERFECT even as they were many It was so pleasant listening to him telling me this tale Even when I had to rewind REPEATEDLY to try to ensure I was following albeit feebly his voice never became offensive nor uncomfortable He was an excellent choice for this book Happy reading Onto the painful wait for the seuels now 35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum a book ever made Riders of the Sea you feel completely uncertain of howou ll rate it Like what if Jewish Women Speak About Jewish Matters you re blown away by its ideas but at the same time they makeou feel utterly out of Friends Forever: Everything Changes (Friends Forever) your depth Or maybe a book thatou didn t think would fit The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts your tastes actually ends up surprising the hell out ofou 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 Like the Lightning After all it only makes sense that a complex book will reuire a complex reviewTechnically Ada Palma s debut novel can be described as political science fiction but that s also a gross oversimplification for here NV Level 3 Health and Social Care you will also find plenty of historical allusions social commentary and philosophical discourse all coupled with traditional elements of the genre In addition the story here isn t really that but a whole lot but I ll go further into that later First we re introduced to our narrator Mycroft Canner writing this account in theear 2454 The world has transformed into a utopia where fast expedient travel to and from any point in the world has effectively made ideas like borders and nation states obsolete Instead almost everyone belongs in one of the handful of mega factions made up of millions or billions of people The nuclear family unit has also been replaced by a dynamic form called a bash which can vary in size and composition of related or unrelated individuals And war War is another topic that one only reads about in the history booksMycroft is known as a Servicer a convict serving out his sentence by being as useful as he can to society Over time he has grown close to the Saneer Weeksbooth bash whose members are the custodians of this world s transportation system a position which gives them considerable renown and power However for Writing in the Dust: After September 11 years the bash has also managed to hide a big secret from everyone sheltering aoung boy with the power to work miracles With little to no effort at all thirteen ear old Bridger has the power to bring inanimate objects to life whenever he pleases Because of his status as an honorary member of the bash Mycroft is included in the small group of those who are aware of Bridger s existence but that circle is about to be widened with the sudden arrival of an appointed spiritual advisor or sensayer named Carlyle FosterThis description is also merely half of it though because while all this is happening all kinds of political machinations are taking place in the upper echelons of the power structure The book is laced with a thread of mystery here involving a much elaborate theft of something called a Seven Ten list which is a who s who of the world s movers and shakers Naturally the Saneer Weeksbooth bash is caught in the
middle of it and in their investigations to find out Mycroft and others in this narrative find themselves engaging in of it and in their investigations to find out Mycroft and others in this narrative find themselves engaging in political and philosophical dialoguesTo be sure Too Like the Lightning is actually uite light on plot but heavy in its social and liter. Mycroft Canner is a convict For his crimes he is reuired 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 awayThe world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange In this tolerant peaceful society the strongest taboo is against talking about religion or any kind of supernatural beliefs to anyone except a professional sensayer a kind of priestspiritual counselorThe aspect of the book having to do with social dynamics reminded me uite a lot of some of William Gibson s recent works and that s a good thing Maybe a little bit of Iain Banks Add in an obsession with 18th century Europe and hero worship of Voltaire it s interesting Their social media publishes a list of movers and shakers and placement on the list is a weighty matter So when it s suspected that someone has stolen the unpublished list or that it wasn t authored by the person who s given credit for it the scandal could be world shaking But what could be even world shaking is a secret held by one family the criminal Mycroft and the sensayer Carlyle a oung boy has been born who has the power to make anything he imagines real Can this ability be used for good Or is it too dangerous to reveal Should Mycroft who holds secrets of his own be trusted with this knowledge as he has beenAnd then there re uite a few sub plots some of them uite literally plots The reader s perception of things is colored perhaps warped by Mycroft s narration in which he speaks directly to his audience uite freuently is clearly holding information back and may be rather unreliable Secrets abound and this society is so deeply strange to us that s it s hard to tell what is normal for our characters and what s not This book is the first half of a planned duology which means that some of the significant elements in the story aren t tied up at the end at all leaving it hard to predict how well it will all come together when complete Many thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the opportunity to read As always my opinions are solely my own Update 1517Re 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 novelI m loving the Maruis De Sade commentary as much this time as before the extra commentaries on how to rule effectively right down to the philosophical underpinnings of morals and Apollo s aphorisms and et this novel still manages to be both firmly 18th century and 25th century to the hilt What was slow in the beginning becomes absolutely necessary for the later blowout special effects of Ada Palmer s writing later in the novel I firmly believe that now It was just a glimmer before but now on the second read I m a firm believer that this novel is just about perfect as it isI m going to be recommending it for this ear s Hugo nominations It s wilding entertaining and strange and very intelligent and beyond that it shakes me nearly to the core I will also admit that it isn t an easy novel to read or enjoy superficially It reuires plenty of effort at all times and it s even rewarding if ou get all the classical and rather specialized Enlightenment references but if ou re on the same page it s well beyond most novels out there I m talking about intellectual scope and the sheer depth and breadth of worldbuilding and ideasBut I would be extremely remiss not to mention that Mycroft has got to be one of the most fascinating characters that I ve ever read And most surprising This mild mannered suib did WHAT Oh my lordy And the reasons for it Oh my god I m uickly wanting to ramp this one up to one of my all time favorite novels FantasticAnd now that I ve got the seuel in my hands I m gonna enjoy the living hell out of a crumbling social system Seven Surrenders indeed Seven Ten list anyone lol And just who are they surrendering to Update 1417This deserves a nice long re read in preparation for the SEUEL Of which I just got and will be reviewing soon after Original ReviewBeautiful Beautiful Beautiful BeautifulFirst impressions are very deceiving with this one and assumptions
Can Get You Into A get RTA - CIP B702.6 - Renault Clio III, phase 1 de 09/05 a 03/08 you into a mess of problems but fortunately for us this writer has some serious chops can lead us into a world that never uite changes from the first page to the last but instead invites and sometimes pushes us over the edge and CHANGES USWhat is this world where are we headed Is this truly a futuristic high tech utopia that stylizes itself off the Enlightenment period including Voltaire Sade and Rousseau Ha You d like to think so asou begin our readIs the tale revolving around a handful of seemingly mild mysteries that while interesting in themselves seem like a vehicle for unfolding one of the most gorgeous societal world building tableaus I ve ever had the privilege to read Ha Again I was fooled lulled into complacency even as I was overwhelmed with sheer walls of world data only to be saved regularly by the sure hand of a truly wonderful and insightful narrator who would steer us through the dense currents and land us safely upon solid ground Could I have wished for a perfect or gentlemanly Victorian Guide in a strange land NopeAnd then there were the conversations This novel has a lot to say about gender roles and it is tackled delightfully maybe even better than Ancillary Justice for sheer oddity Social and societal uirks surrounding religion was a big part of the novel too but it was the Conversation that made this novel become something Really SpecialAnd I really mean the Conversation the ongoing discussion within whole fields of study and art and literature or in this case philosophy and science fiction Ada Palmer deserves
TO BE RIGHT UP THERE WITH SOME OF THE be right up there with some of the I ve read having so much to say about the Enlightenment period made into a deep part of the story aspects of the world building discussions both light and powerful between characters and even within our narrator s mindSome of the most awesome aspects of this novel are direct line continuations of philosophy made into ArtBut do not let that dissuade ou from this Oh So Excellent and Fascinating read for even as I was fooled in the beginning and as new and otherwise unforgivable glossed facts are slowly revealed to us we are caught in a web much complicated dangerous harrowing bloody and frankly awe inducing than I would have guessed in the first 150 pages It s a book worth reading several times over if only to pick up on all the clues that I had registered in passing but not understood until much laterAnd I will because here s the real beauty it s only part one of a two book cycle that belongs to one another You know the symptoms This is a fantastic larger tale that by reuirements out of the author s control needed to be split unnaturally into two It s only something truly miraculous and #fantastic that the author still managed to make this single book feel complete and satisfying even as # that the author still managed to make this single book feel complete and satisfying even as points to the second half of it s soulI feel truly blessed to be reading this Ada Palmer has just earned herself a lifelong fanboy after a single wonderful read This is what true Idea SF is all about and it deserves to be up there with the very best Remember Anathem Sit HERBALISM WORLD: This book includes: yourself down for some real brilliance and some truly great set sets I m sure I won t be the only one who thinks the premise of the political setup is one I d love to have now even with its mature problems I think this novel is going to be prompting an absolute TON of discussion among its soon to be legion fans If there s any justice in the world mindo. 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 lifeAnd 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 li.
read & download Too Like the LightningAry themes As I said it s not so much a story but a Conversation with a capital C Here ou will find cultural and scientific debates existentialist uestions explorations into multiple fields of art and history The book also has lots to say about a variety of subjects from gender roles to religion It s amazing really Phenomenal even Palmer s vision is ambitious and uniue drawing from the philosophical movement and spheres of ideas that changed the face of Europe in the 18th century to create this fully fleshed setting a world which appears to have gone through its own Age of Enlightenment The dramatically altered world through Mycroft s eyes is nothing like our own Strange beautiful and full of wonder life in this book might not be perfect but the possibilities are limitlessThat said this is an odd novel There s no other word for it And I confess had I been impatient while reading this I might have been tempted to set this one aside for later not because it is a bad book but because it so far from what I would normally read for entertainment that it might as well be from another universe Ultimately I m glad that I read it to its completion because it was an incredible experience but I admit there were times where it felt almost too difficult or daunting to continue especially when I first started This was also a slow read because there s no rushing a book like this it s a work of art meant to be savored consumed and digested thoroughlyIf I could do it all over again I probably wouldn t have read Too Like the Lightning over a period of several days Instead I would have taken my time whether it took weeks or months in order to give myself plenty of time to chew on the many issues and ideas presented in this novel A longer timeline might also serve to alleviate a lot of the confusion breaking down the staggering amount of information ou need to know to understand the story into manageable pieces A book like this practically screams for a glossary as there are so many new words and terms to learn so many new concepts and customs to familiarize Transport on earth (World of tomorrow) yourself with and of course almost all the characters seem to have than one name and it was an exhausting mental exercise just to keep track of them allStill it does get easier The narratives surrounding Mycroft s mission to protect Bridger the boy who seemingly works miracles was many times interesting to me than the mystery involving the theft of the Seven Ten list at least at first Once those two threads started coming together I became fascinated and invested Then came the surprises like the truth behind mild mannered Mycroft s crime and how he ended up a Servicer or the massive revelations dropped on us at the end of the bookFair warning though as this was intended to be the first half of a duology there will be no resolutions to be found here since all that will be planned for part two Seven Surrenders Having finished Too Like the Lightning I feel that I know a lot now to better prepare myself for the seuel This book is guaranteed to makeou think and will no doubt be a delight for those who enjoy philosophy It s a very rich thought provoking experience even if it is perhaps a bit impenetrable at times If The song from somewhere else you re feeling up for a challenging read because impressive or not this can be a very demanding novel thenou might want to give this one a look I m so conflicted about this rating that I m using this rating as a placeholder I don t think a book like this can be properly rated using a star rating system That s too simple for a book this complex and layered I ll be doing a full review on my channel Updated to add my Torcom review the short version they re science fiction that has a solid and fascinating world great characters and also that make دیگر کسی صدایم نزد 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 blowour head off making ou think about things in new ways when ou re fifteen it s a lot harder when The Midwich Cuckoos you re fifty These books show a future a world possibilities that are different from ours and they do that while being up close and warm There aren t many books that are so full of ideas while having so much heartPut them onour to read pile now You ll thank me for it Stages of me reading thisBefore reading You all might notice that my TBR list is always tiny I get too much anxiety when it s huge so I m very picky over putting anything on it But when I saw a funky sci fi that is set in the futureFirst few pagesHum the author is breaking the fourth wall by talking to us as readers That s a little annoying but I can handle it Oh I also notice that there will be words like thee and thou in a book set way in the future First chapterWhat THE HELL IS GOING ON NOTHING MAKES SENSE AND hell is going on Nothing makes sense And endless descriptions of everything isn t helping to clarify anything she donned her boots too tall taut Humanist boots patterned with a flowing brush pen landscape the kind with winding banks and misty mountains that the eye gets lost in Next chapters until I DNFedThis is sheer torture If we force the terrorists to read this
we wi 425ish stars I won t even attempt a brief summary The briefest summary I could manage would stillwi 425ish stars I won t even attempt a brief summary The briefest summary I could manage would still 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 about1 Can t uite 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 ideas of the Greats Voltaire De Sade Rousseau Diderot of whom freuent mention is made throughout the novel nor do I have much desire to be sorry not sorry I just know that I have a pleasant feeling in my body that I typically associate with finishing a book I like3 I m not uite sure et if Ada Palmer is just so geeky about 18th century Enlightenment history that she pretentiously thought it would be a fun fan fiction project to invent a far future society deeply rooted in the distant past and hey why not write a novel about it or if it was a legitimately inspired justified decisionWill these uestions ever be answered Unknown This is great as thinking person s sci fi Just be prepared to go slow and feel stupid This is a hard one to review It s a very ambitious very complex very intelligent novelHowever 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 ualities of the story shine through without pointing them out to me However the book
Does Have Many Goodhave many good and I felt that some people would definitely appreciate its twisty fourth wall breaking style than I did In the world of Too Like the Lightning criminal justice has settled on sentencing lawbreakers to service rather than prison Criminals are reuired to work at whatever tasks they are asked to do Mycroft Canner is one of these criminals But his situation is a bit unusual in that he works for one of the most influential families in this society And in this society influence is everything Due to enhanced communications and travel technology among other advances adding up to a post scarcity economy geographic nationalism is obsolete People form families or maybe they re closer to communes andor corporations and alliances based solely on common interests and specializations Nearly any kind of social arrangement is accepted but. O 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 labeling 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.