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The Will to Battle

The Will to Battle The Will to Battle the third book of John W Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer s Terra Ignota series a political SF epic of extraordinary audacity A cornucopia of dazzling sharp ideas set in rich

  • Title: The Will to Battle
  • Author: Ada Palmer
  • ISBN: 9780765378040
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Will to Battle the third book of 2017 John W Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer s Terra Ignota series a political SF epic of extraordinary audacity A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent Ken Liu, author of The Grace of KingsThe long years of near utopiThe Will to Battle the third book of 2017 John W Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer s Terra Ignota series a political SF epic of extraordinary audacity A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent Ken Liu, author of The Grace of KingsThe long years of near utopia have come to an abrupt end.Peace and order are now figments of the past Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world s stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned So that no faction could ever dominate So that the balance held.The Hives fa ade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past But as the great secret becomes and widely known, that fa ade is slipping away.Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization Now everyone Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics I haven t had this much fun with a book in a long time Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead

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    1. Update, later the same day:I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :)Original Review:I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more.Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Greek laurels she and her work deserve, she's delved deep into new philosophical questions while all the time fascinating us with complicated and rich characters. Never even mind the glorious world-building. The amount of thought [...]

    2. I’ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can’t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won’t convey the impact to someone who hasn’t read the two previous books.So I’m going to talk about it by talking around it.In the last few days, it so happens that I’ve been either watching or reading stories that focus on the problems of power and human nature. The fuzziest of these stories was my viewi [...]

    3. Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book.I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book. I'm happy to report that this does not feel like half a book. The wait for Perhaps the Stars will still be long and torturous, but I intend to fill that time with back to back re-reads prior to release.These books ar [...]

    4. Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance?Me: Not necessarily…I’ve got a nagging question that won’t let me quit this play.Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?Me: How is Mycroft Canner not severely dehydrated by now? I mean…the guy has been sobbing non-stop for the previous acts and I doubt he’s getting enough water on his Servicer’s diet. It’s…it’s been botherin [...]

    5. The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third installment in the series, the world is now mostly laid out before the reader, but there are still shattering revelations to be had. Before beginning, I was concerned that my expectations for The Will to Battle we [...]

    6. Ada Palmer has the skills to pay the bills, and with her new bookshe's packing a full clip, has a 455 under the hood and a full tank of high-octane racing fuel.This is the third book in the Terra Ignota trilogy, and damn, it’s good! Palmer keeps the tension running at eye-watering pace, the politics, bad blood and crimes of the previous two novels coming together in a story that has the intricacy of a Swiss watch.Mycroft Canner, Servicer, one-time sadistic multiple murderer and now servant to [...]

    7. Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and it pretty much stretched me out.Still really looking forward to the next book (which is the last one, I think) because of that ending.

    8. Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe.

    9. I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over. for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again.

    10. Reviewed at my blog here: mayareadsbooks.wordpress/Ada Palmer’s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give all the characters devastating and/or moving moments. Structure-wise it’s a bit off (suddenly a lot of things happen in the last quarter that are not resolved) and the engagement with Hobbes simply doesn’t work, but what do I care [...]

    11. "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into something abstract and surreal.This isn't a criticism. Once I stopped trying to unravel labyrinthine plot threads, I enjoyed her books far more. It was with this mindset that I read "Will to Battle", and I enjoyed this [...]

    12. The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited for the release of the final volume.

    13. This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog.I'm not even sure what kept me going. Pure stubbornness and five-nines record of finishing books? (Not actually true, it's two nines and a smidgen.) A hope that it would eventually be worth it? It definitely wasn't a desire to know what would [...]

    14. Me: I finishedMe: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine itBoyfriend: HehehBoyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4?Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right wordMe: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliffOr, wait, I'm at a real keyboard now: uygehkflishgruieosyht78awy3 WHAT DID I JUST READ?I have so many questions right now (including, notably, about population demographics: cross-referencing some numbers mentioned here with numbers from [...]

    15. After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all together. While Lightning had the Ockham-Saneer bash, and Surrenders had Madame's, the global scope of this book overwhelms when it is thrust upon the read every chapter, instead of breaking up otherwise familiar loc [...]

    16. Mind. Blown.Again.These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliable narrator is currently authoring the preceding volumes and. Yeah. It's a LOT.It's the kind of rare book where reading it becomes more real than reality - seeping into my dreams, making my sleep restless with premonitions [...]

    17. This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in its concerted attempts to provoke intellectual responses. It requires, even *demands*, attention and active engagement from the reader. Yet despite meandering tangents into philosophy and theodicy, in which it ravish [...]

    18. Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions:Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back to what I absolutely love.It creates a cast of Leviathans, so it can show us how those Leviathans -- like our Leviathans -- interact. Most stories tend to ignore the immense social dynamics that Leviathans represent, or [...]

    19. First book of 2018!I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence in book 2; in this book, Hobbes is so important that he becomes a character. Not quite a character, an equivalent to the "dear reader," or possibly just a hallucination of Mycroft Canner, the narrator. That was just a s [...]

    20. The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fraying at the edges so. Great worldbuilding.

    21. Terra Ignota is such a glorious sprawl of a story that I have a tough time knowing what on earth I can say about it. It's bewildering - made more so by narrator Mycroft Canner's descend into madness. If he wasn't unreliable enough as a narrator, now we can't even be sure who he's speaking to! Bring on 9A!

    22. Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se "le va la olla" en temas filosóficos y morales siga enganchando tanto.

    23. The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I’ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversation that the author is busy having that the plot and characters have started to suffer (that these were already entirely bonkers is part of the problem – it’s all interesting stuff, but I’m having to freshly s [...]

    24. I feel conflicted about this book. I really wanted to like it but I just didn't. There were some amazing moments that gave me hope that eventually, things would turn around but they never did. And those moments were just not enough to redeem the novel as a whole.Palmer writes what she knows. History and Philosophy are her thing. In the previous novels, TLTL and SS, Palmer managed to find a balance between her love of writing about these subjects and her desire to tell a good story. In TWTB she c [...]

    25. Something keeps me reading this series despite the absolutely annoying writing style. the world that is created in this series is intriguing, and I am interested in it. However, the way it is presented through an egotistical narrator, or "chronicler", is annoying as hell and makes it very painful at times to read.

    26. I love this series.Regardless of what I’ll write next about the good or the bad and what worked or what didn’t, I’ll start by stating how pleasing it is to open these books and be surprised. This is part of why I read in the first place. Not for comfort or for safety, but to experience new ideas, to be taken to new places, to encounter characters whose journey I find dear while also illuminating human experience out in the real world. I’ll read a few books a year that deliver this pleasu [...]

    27. The series is still going strong. Book 3 out of 4, so it can neither be an amazing plunge into a whole new world, nor a finish with amazing twists.Are you baffled, reader?Reader: “Insult me not, Mycroft.”It has plenty of politics and philosophy of course. Some of the exposition is surprisingly boring. I mean relatively. The first two books and Mycroft's style of narration have prepared me for nothing less than a constant stream of poetry and revelation and unexpected perspectives. Then here [...]

    28. First and most obviously, this series is one of the most impressive worldbuilding accomplishments in SFF. It feels like a logical outcome of history while resembling nothing I’ve ever seen before; our earth, changed to something rich and strange. I love the finer points of Hive history, the legal system, the thousand and one details that make everything seem real (of course Achilles walks like a horse!). Everything fits, down to the individual voices. At the same time, it doesn’t really hold [...]

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