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Too Like the Lightning: A Novel (Terra Ignota) by [Palmer, Ada]
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Book 1 of 3 in Terra Ignota (3 Book Series)

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Palmer's fiction debut is the ambitious and colorful first installment of her Terra Ignota series, following the political intrigues of Mycroft Canner, a convict who, as punishment for his crimes, becomes the servant of all he meets. The setting is a richly depicted future where gender is concealed, people live in carefully coded sects, and theology is pick-and-choose. Mycroft is tasked with hiding a child whose existence could cause chaos; this is no easy feat, and he and those around him are soon plunged into the world of high politics. Palmer's prose is written with an Enlightenment sensibility, deliberately dense and ponderous. This stylistic decision can be engaging, especially in the tête-à-têtes between Mycroft and the reader, but the heaviness detracts from what might otherwise be an engrossing plot. Mycroft is a witty unreliable narrator whose own biases color the world brought before the reader; it lurches between hellish and utopian. Palmer proves that the boundaries of science fiction can be pushed and that history and the future can be married together. Agent: Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary. (May)

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Praise for Too Like the Lightning:

"[An] awe-inspiring debut novel....It's a genius kind of energy, and it's infectious." ―NPR on Too Like the Lightning

"The best science fiction novel I've read in a long while, and it stands as powerful evidence that the sf genre is still a treasure box overflowing with wonders." ―Robert Charles Wilson

"This is the kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do. Lots of books can knock you over and leave you reeling and dazzled when you're fifteen, but it takes something special to do the same thing to you at fifty. Too Like The Lightning and its sequels do that, over and over again." ―Jo Walton

"Thought-provoking, disturbing, occasionally perverted, and always entertaining. Worldbuilding at its richest." ―Kirkus, starred review, on Too Like the Lightning

"Palmer has done a brilliant job with the pacing and keeping us in the close confidences of such a charming and deceitful narrator. The book seems like it burst onto the page fully formed." Wired

Praise for Seven Surrenders:

"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

"The eloquence of Palmer's reflections on social issues cannot be denied." ―Library Journal, starred review

"Many-layered and engrossing." ―Publishers Weekly


Product details

  • File Size: 4609 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (May 10, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2016
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015MP6WPY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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