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Too Like the Lightning

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7 - Canis Domini
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11 - Enter Sniper
12 - Neithr Earth not Atom, But
13 - Perhaps the Stars
14 - The Interlude of the Interview with Retired Black Sakura Reporter Tsuneo Sugiyama, as Related by Martin Guildbreaker
15 - If They Catch Me
16 - Thou Canst Not Put it Off Forever, Mycroft
17 - Tocquervilles Valet
18 - The Tenth Director
19 - Flies to Honey
20 - A Monster in the House
21 - The Which is Caesers
22 - Mycroft is Mycroft
23 - Pontifex Maxima
24 - Sometimes Even I Am Very Lonely
25 - Madames
26 - Madame d'Arouet
27 - The Interlude in Which Martin Guildbreaker Pursues the Question of Dr. Cato Weeksbooth
28 - The Enemy
29 - Julia, Ive Found God!
30 - Deo Erexit Sade
31 - Dominant Predator
32 - That There Are Two
33 - Martin Guildbreakers Last Interlude: The Utopians Arent Dirty like the Rest of Us
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A science-fiction series by Ada Palmer.

1) Too Like the Lightning
2) Seven Surrenders
3) The Will to Battle
4) Perhaps the Stars
Copyright © 2016 by Ada Palmer
This book is dedicated to the first human
who thought to hollow out a log to make a boat,
and his or her successors.
You will criticize me, reader, for writing in a style six hundred years removed from the events I describe, but you came to me for explanation of those days of transformation which left your world the world it is, and since it was the philosophy of the Eighteenth Century, heavy with optimism and ambition, whose abrupt revival birthed the recent revolution, so it is only in the language of the Enlightenment, rich with opinion and sentiment, that those days can be described.
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I'd heard some good things about this book (can't remember from where).  Glad I didn't buy this one.  It was the worst book I've read since Beauty by Sheri S Tepper (okay it's worse than that one).  I'll not pick up the series and I actually quit this one about 100 pages from the end.  First book I DNF in about 40 years.
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Added: 04-May-2023
Last Updated: 14-Dec-2023


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20 hrs 19 min (443 pages)
1)   16 Oct 2023 - 31 Oct 2023
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Jefferson Mays  - Narration

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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