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review 2018-03-22 21:40
Putting aside for now
Too Like the Lightning - Ada Palmer

I'm not in the mood for this.  I may come back to another time (particulalry if future books in series sound like get better). 

 

I went wandering about the blogosphere and reviews.  Found posts and comments from the author that persistently spoke of main character as the "Narrator," an inept one with the affectation of writing in 18th century style in a tale resolving nothing and going nowhere yet while raising all these huge philosophical ... reviewers who did not like speaking of same things that bother me.

 

To be honest, I didn't give it much of a chance (less than 20%). I was about ready to throw something the next time an apology was offered to the poor reader who probably wouldn't be understanding of the 18th century style ... *gag*

 

I'm just not in the mood right now.  A dwindled TBR could mean I should never say never.  As could future entries in this much praised, much awarded series sounding fantastic or as if story finally going somewhere or getting characters to care about.  

 

It it is an interesting premise, a "what if" type of future -- which I usually enjoy.  Started reminding me of the slow parts of student/campus Wicked and those horrid posthumous continuations of Asimov's Foundation books that weirdly had Voltaire as an AI mouthing off endlessly.


I actually like quite a bit of actual 18th century writing.  This just wasn't done well.  I wanted characters, not what even the author referred to as "Narrator" stiltedly relaying events that never resolved.

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text 2018-03-21 21:51
Reading progress: 11%.
Too Like the Lightning - Ada Palmer

Out of curiosity I searched my ebook edition for occurrences of "reader" = 227 times.

 

That doesn't sound like a book only addressing reader directly during a foreword or introduction.

 

It's  reminding me of the campus bits of Wicked and lots of other counter culture student protest type of books in the atmosphere of it.  Not the plot (or at least not yet the plot) and it's not on campus or with students; just the feel of the thing and something about the writing style.  I loathed Wicked which did at least have some promising bits and made for a great Broadway show.

 

Taking a break from this one.  Within next half hour, the Bookshelf BINGO game I'm playing should have a new shelf call and I'll start that book.  Then try a bit more of this one, read some of the reviews and then judge if go on a bit more or DNF..

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text 2018-03-20 22:23
Reading progress: 4%.
Too Like the Lightning - Ada Palmer

Lots mentioned but not yet explained (hey, I'm only 4% in).  

 

Rather stilted, but hopefully that's just the introductory material where the fictional narrator/author is addressing the reader to set up the tale.

 

 

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text 2018-03-20 17:25
Just starting ...
Too Like the Lightning - Ada Palmer

After a really long hiatus, publisher TOR (Macmillan publishing group) just reinstated* their monthly free ebook club (join by adding your email, no charge, will all be Science Fiction or Fantasy genre ebooks).

 

There's a booklikes bookclub at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy if anyone cares to join in he read.  Club hasn't seen much activity because almost as soon as booklikes club started TOR tabled the program for a while.

 

Not actually sure about the book.  New to me author.  Book description makes it sound like could be a juicy, immersive read for me withh lots of politics, worldbuilding and religion -- or else too bogged down in politics and religion if done wrong.

 

*ETA or not just reinstated.  See Familiar Diversions comment, thye got a February one I missed.  My apologies to the booklikes bookclub for missing it.  I'll update club shelves when I found out what the February book was.

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text 2018-03-20 16:48
It's back ...!

Source: ebookclub.tor.com
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