Too Like The Lightning: Book One Of Terra Ignota by Ada PalmerToo Like The Lightning: Book One Of Terra Ignota by Ada Palmer

Too Like The Lightning: Book One Of Terra Ignota

byAda Palmer

Paperback | January 24, 2017

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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.

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...

Terra Ignota
1. Too Like the Lightning
2. Seven Surrenders
3. The Will to Battle

ADA PALMER is a professor in the history department of the University of Chicago, specializing in Renaissance history and the history of ideas. Her first nonfiction book, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Press. She is also a composer of folk and Renaissance-tinged a capella music, most o...
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Title:Too Like The Lightning: Book One Of Terra IgnotaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.35 × 6.2 × 1.19 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0765378019

ISBN - 13:9780765378019

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing and dense The first in a series, Too Like the Lightning builds a vivid world. Everything from philosophy, religion, nations, gender, and family is reimagined and seen through the eye of the narrator who is compiling a record of events for the future. At times it is dense and the multitude of characters aren't easy to keep straight initially, but it's well worth the effort. I went out and found the next book in the series immediately; I needed to know what happened next.
Date published: 2017-11-30

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Book 1 of Terra Ignota, Too Like the Lightning"Bold, furiously inventive, and mesmerizing.It's the best science fiction novel I've read in a long while." -Robert Charles Wilson"More intricate, more plausible, more significant than any debut I can recall.If you read a debut novel this year, make it Too Like the Lightning." -Cory Doctorow"Astonishingly dense, accomplished and well-realized, with a future that feels real in both its strangeness and its familiarity."-RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)"The Terra Ignota books are is the kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do." -Jo Walton"Excellent." -Craig NewmarkPraise for Book 2 of Terra Ignota, Seven Surrenders"A breathless and devious intellectual page-turner, Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time." -Max Gladstone "A breathless and devious intellectual page-turner, Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time." -Max Gladstone "Wonderfull 18th-century style narrative voice....a richly and highly sophisticated novel that calls for repeated re-readings." -SFRevu "The eloquence ofPalmer's reflections on social issues cannot be denied." -Library Journal, starred review"Palmer crafts one of the most compelling narrative voices around in describing this impossible, fascinating and plausibly contradictory world." -RT Book Reviews, 4-1/2 stars"Devastatingly accomplished.An arch and playful narrative that combines the conscious irreverence of the best of 18th-century philosophy with the high-octane heat of an epic science fiction thriller." -Liz Bourke"Palmer proves that the boundaries of science fiction can be pushed and the history and the future can be married together." -Publishers WeeklyPraise for Book 3 of Terra Ignota, The Will to Battle"It is increasingly clear that we are in the hands of a new master of the genre....There's a resonance and richness to the Terra Ignota series that is like almost nothing else being written today." -RT Book Reviews, 5 stars"Innovative, mesmerizing and full of fun. Ada Palmer lets her imagination weave a truly great political science story in an imagined world - full of lessons from real-world history." -Washington Book Review"One appreciates the wry humor and the ingenious depth of her worldbuilding. The interplay between reader and narrator is especially enjoyable." -Publishers Weekly"Any reader who has ever thrilled to the intricate machinations of the Dune books, or the Instrumentality tales of Cordwainer Smith, or the sensual, tactile, lived-in futures of Delany or M. John Harrison... will enjoy the mental and emotional workout offered by Palmer's challenging Terra Ignota cycle." -Locus"This series is one the best things that has happened to science fiction in the 21st Century and I can't hardly wait to see where Ada Palmer is going to take us with Perhaps the Stars." -SffWorld