Too Like the Lightning

Too Like the Lightning

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"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. 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..."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION PAL
Characteristics: 432 p. ; 25 cm


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Jan 29, 2019

Couldn't finish. Unique ideas but took way too long to paint the world. Plus I couldn't really get into the prose and style

Jul 14, 2018

Holy heck this is brilliant.

I wasn't expecting to read this as quickly as I did, but the story pulled me in and didn't let go until it spat me out the other side, at which point I immediately put the next two on hold.

The story itself is almost deceptive in its pacing (at least for me) because at no time did I actively feel rushed or like there was a next sequence to get to quickly so I could find out what happens next. And yet, when I read the last word, it hit like a ton of bricks.

As well as having an intriguing story line, Palmer is also playing with ideas. The amount of philosophy and theology that gets discussed is one of the things I love about it, and it flows beautifully in the overall storytelling in way I haven't seen often and thoroughly enjoy.

Too Like the Lightning is a wonderful combination of thought provoking Science Fiction, intrigue, and philosophy, and I highly recommend it!

JohnK_KCMO Oct 16, 2017

Revelatory world-building: this novel belongs on every list of best world-building in SF! A near-perfect blend of scifi & philosophy. It's intellectually vigorous & challenging, stylistically unique, with a sprawling cast of compelling characters in complex political relationships. This is visionary work. But it's also one of those clever ideas that never lets you forget how clever it is. The unique writing style never quite stops feeling like a gimmick. It achieves greatness but tries a bit too hard to get there. Hopefully the author's next book will be a bit less self-conscious, more truly confident in itself.

Feb 03, 2017

This is one of the best science fiction books I've read! Highly recommended.

Jun 05, 2016

If you read this book without knowing anything about the author, you might still be able to guess that she's a professor of history and also an avid science fiction fan. Flying cars! A moonbase! Entire pages of dialogue in Latin! (Translations provided). It's dense, meaty, and brain-engaging, and I want the sequel immediately.

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Mar 16, 2017

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