Too Like the Lightning

Too Like the Lightning

Book - 2016
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In the 25th century, human civilization is divided into philosophical sects based on technologically generated abundance and inspired by the 18th-century European Enlightenment. In this utopia, convicted felon Mycroft Canner serves his sentence by carrying out the orders of everyone he meets, while sensayer Carlyle Foster acts as a spiritual counselor in a world where organized religion has been outlawed. Their paths converge when they encounter Bridger, a young boy whose unusual abilities could destroy their hard-won world of peace and prosperity.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tor, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765378002
0765378000
Branch Call Number: FIC SF
Characteristics: 432 pages ; 25 cm

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It's the 25th century and, in a world ruled by technology, people are living in carefully coded philosophical sects, religion is outlawed and gender norms are taboo. Carlyle Foster, a spiritual counselor, meets a convicted felon Mycroft Canner whose unique abilities could threaten this new utopi... Read More »


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willowfire
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.

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c_anderson
Feb 03, 2017

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

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elanamaa
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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