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Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota)
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Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota)

Sèrie: Terra Ignota (1)

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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 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 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 life. And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life.… (més)
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Too Like the Lightning de Ada Palmer

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For awhile now I've been trying to make myself read this novel, as, when it first came out, it seemed like the epitome of the book that you just had to read, but which appeared to be really trying too hard. I still wasn't in the mood, but I decided that it was now or never to at least give it a try.

I had two main responses. One, this book tries to be so clever that you could stick a tail on it and call it a fox. Two, there was not one character that I really could give a damn about and, over time, that has become one of the few conventional elements I demand in a novel. A novella, not so much, as due to the shorter length I have fewer issues with a character mostly being a mouthpiece for the ideas that the author is playing with. What this means going forward is I'm not sure that I really want to read three more books of this stuff. Though I suspect that I'll give the second book a shot, considering the bomb Palmer sets off towards the end. ( )
  Shrike58 | Nov 6, 2022 |
I tried reading the audiobook version - perhaps a written version would have been better. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I'm doing something else, so I like to choose books that can hold my attention well enough to follow the story, but also interesting enough to keep me occupied when doing something boring or repetitive. This just didn't fit my needs, so perhaps one day I'll try a written version.

I found the language to be distracting, and could not relate well to the characters or the story. I think it might be interesting to read when I have more time to invest.
  MartyFried | Oct 9, 2022 |
A science fiction story set in the far future where there has not been any wars for hundreds of years, religion is banned, and there are no longer any country borders. It is an amazing world that the author dives deep into. The story covers so much and has many interesting characters. While the plot is a little thin, the world is so rich that it is still very exciting to read. There are times where there are main plots hints, but this book is more about setting up the world, getting to know the characters, and not rushing anything. If you were looking for something very expansive, then this is it. ( )
  renbedell | Sep 14, 2022 |
Self-conscious and 18th/19th century stylistics -- I abandoned this one, like its similarly lauded brethren Johnathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Quicksilver. ( )
  pammab | Sep 5, 2022 |
Real review to follow? Astonishingly inventive and good and I cannot wait for the second part, damn it ( )
  Adamantium | Aug 21, 2022 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Palmer, Adaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Hayden, Patrick NielsenEditorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Higgins Palmer, LauraFotògrafautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kern, ClaudiaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mosquera, VictorAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Saunders, HeatherDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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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 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 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 life. And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life.

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