[LMB] Currently reading: Ada Palmer, _Too Like the Lightnings_

Sylvia McIvers sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Sun Jan 7 21:44:41 GMT 2018


Happily my library has it.  The best book to read is the one someone else
is in middle of...


On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 4:08 PM, Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz at eskimo.com> wrote:

>
> Just about to embark on my second re-read this week of Ada Palmer's _Too
> Like the Lightnings_.  Exquisite stuff, very lavish worldbuilding and
> amazing characters, plus a lot of stuff hidden in plain sight until you
> hit the reveals later in the book (which is why I'm re-reading it a third
> time only a week after publication.  There are two sequels, the next of
> which is on order.)
>
> Really, this is good, good stuff.  Fans of Gene Wolfe will probably like
> it a lot, as will anyone who likes the intersection of future law,
> hypersonic cars, high political thrillers, and nuns in brothels, with a
> good dose of mystery and wonder thrown in.  (Part of me wants to put this
> somewhere in Bujold's universe; there's elements that would fit really
> well in Vor infighting or maybe on a baroque version of Beta Colony.)
> Really, I can't describe it at all well; my brain is still reeling from
> (say) one character's real name, another character's past deeds, and some
> revelations near the end that make one rethink everything and really
> really want the next book to arrive soon.
>
> In short: highly highly recommended.
>
> (Also: the author's blog, exurbe.com, is fascinating stuff.  Machiavelli,
> Hobbes, the Borgias, the game of Spot That Saint, and many other things.)
>
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