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The story wanders seemingly aimlessly and occasionally touches the story. The most interesting aspect was it's 19th century structure writing style that lends itself to describing a world not usually seen by the anticipated readers. I did not find this to be compelling and read the complete tome only because to is a finalist for this year's Hugo Award.
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The world created by Ada Palmer is rich and inventive. This book is not military SF and it's not space opera. It's a deliberate meditation on philosophy, morality, humanity, and seemingly impossible intimations of the divine. The narrator's obfuscations and turns invested me emotionally, repeatedly wrenching with each new revelation.
The only complaint I have is that this book might not be the best for audiobooks. I started it three times before realizing that this is not a book you can passively listen to while at work or engaged in activities. The prose requires your focused mind as it intentionally captures the tone and cadence of historical philosophers. Completing it was a challenge due to its length, its emotionally convulsive revelations, and the prose style. But it's one of those rare books that will be with me for years.
I am fully invested in Bridger, Mycroft, Carlisle, and Thisby's lives. Cannot wait for the second book.
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What did you like most about Too Like the Lightning?
The setting is complex and unique and intriguing. The way the characters think and act is provocative and compelling.
What other book might you compare Too Like the Lightning to, and why?
I would compare it to the work of Gene Wolfe, in that it is a rather disorientating but worthwhile read.
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Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Unfulfilled. There's a lot of set-up, but no real resolution to the plot in this book, which ends very abruptly. It's not even really a cliff-hanger, the book just ends to be picked up by the next one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A little too dense for my liking, too much leaning on the 18th century style of intrigue. With so many characters and "families" to keep track of it was a bit like trying to remember Tolstoy's ovs
1 of 1 people found this review helpful