Category: Notes Ignota

  • Review: The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer (Terra Ignota Book 3)

    [Spoilers for Too Like the Lightning and Seven Surrenders appear] In 2012 Ada Palmer wrote a series of essays on her blog on Niccolo Machiavelli. In the second of them she laid out her thesis that Machiavelli establish the third major model of ethics in Western philosophy. To summarise the usual account of ethics divides […]

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  • Notas Tertius: Part 6 & final, Chapters 19 to 21

    Notas Tertius Part 6: Being even further unauthorised notes, musings and rabbit hole explorations on the Terra Ignota series. Covering the matter of The Will to Battle: Terra Ignota Book III by Ada Palmer Page numbers are from Tor Hardback edition 2017. All notes and speculation are those of myself. Notes are written progressively and […]

  • Notas Tertius: Part 5, Chapters 12 to 18

    Notas Tertius Part 2: Being even further unauthorised notes, musings and rabbit hole explorations on the Terra Ignota series. Covering the matter of The Will to Battle: Terra Ignota Book III by Ada Palmer Page numbers are from Tor Hardback edition 2017. All notes and speculation are those of myself. Notes are written progressively and […]

  • Notas Tertius: Part 4, Chapters 9, 10 and 11

    Notas Tertius Part 2: Being even further unauthorised notes, musings and rabbit hole explorations on the Terra Ignota series. Covering the matter of The Will to Battle: Terra Ignota Book III by Ada Palmer Page numbers are from Tor Hardback edition 2017. All notes and speculation are those of myself. Notes are written progressively and […]

  • Notas Tertius: Part 3, Chapters 6, 7 and 8

    Notas Tertius Part 2: Being even further unauthorised notes, musings and rabbit hole explorations on the Terra Ignota series. Covering the matter of The Will to Battle: Terra Ignota Book III by Ada Palmer Page numbers are from Tor Hardback edition 2017. All notes and speculation are those of myself. Notes are written progressively and […]

  • Notas Tertius: Part 2, Chapters 3, 4 and 5

    Notas Tertius Part 2: Being even further unauthorised notes, musings and rabbit hole explorations on the Terra Ignota series. Covering the matter of The Will to Battle: Terra Ignota Book III by Ada Palmer Page numbers are from Tor Hardback edition 2017. All notes and speculation are those of myself. Notes are written progressively and […]

  • Notas Tertius: Part 1, Front matter, Chapters 1 and 2

    Notas Tertius: Being further unauthorised notes, musings and rabbit hole explorations on the Terra Ignota series. Covering the matter of The Will to Battle: Terra Ignota Book III by Ada Palmer Page numbers are from Tor Hardback edition 2017. All notes and speculation are those of myself. Notes are written progressively and in some cases […]

  • Infomocracy versus Too Like the Lightning

    In the near future technology and social change has largely brought an end to the nation-state. Instead, new groupings via for loyalty among people (some based on corporations, some based on ideals) while individuals shop around for systems of laws that suit their lifestyle. Amid this world where people hop easily between continents, shadowy elements […]

  • Gender and Terra Ignota Again

    Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning has had more than its fair share of coverage here. However, I’d be remiss not to point to a three part series of essays Palmer herself has written on the issue of gender in her books. Given that gender in particular was a problematic issue for the books, it […]

  • Review: Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer

    This review meanders somewhat and assumes you’ve read the book and also maybe all those notes I wrote. So, no it isn’t really a very useful review of a book! So I’ll start with: yes, I got a lot of enjoyment out of these books 🙂 I’ve split things into sections so you can skip […]