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"Fffffftttttxxxxxxxsss. I am not even sure where to begin in reviewing TLtL. I understand its architecture, its velluminous skeleton, the mechanisms by which it moves, but the architect's heart??? A mystery! What were Ada Palmer's intentions? What effect did she intend?

At last, I've again encountered a book worthy of being reviewed, and I am certain of only one thing: we're gonna need a bigger teapot."
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Despite my great love for Cloud Atlas (also by Mitchell), The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet did not quite do it for me. I might even go so far as to say that, at times, it felt like The Thousand Visits to the DMV, if the DMV were staffed by highl ...more
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Erik is on page 431 of 432 of Too Like the Lightning: Fffffftttttxxxxxxxsss. I am not even sure where to begin in reviewing TLtL. I understand its architecture, its velluminous skeleton, the mechanisms by which it moves, but the architect's heart??? A mystery! What were Ada Palmer's intentions? What effect did she intend?

At last, I've again encountered a book worthy of being reviewed, and I am certain of only one thing: we're gonna need a bigger teapot.
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota, #1)
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If you’re reading this book review to decide whether or not to read Rise of Endymion / Endymion, put this in your compiler and smoke it:

IF you have not read Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, go here.

ELSE IF you have not read Endymion, go here.

ELSE IF you have r
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