I burned through it Great book Tinker Tailer Soldier Spook Ian McDonaldLoss is a thing of the past Murder is obsolete Death is just the beginning How do you catch a spy who s already dead In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased But Britain isn t the only contender for power in this life and the next The Soviets have spies in Summerland, and the technology to build their own god When SIS agent Rachel White gets a lead on one of the Soviet moles, blowing the whistle puts her hard earned career at risk The spy has friends in high places, and she will have to go rogue to bring him in Summerland As if Alfred Hitchcock had made a movie with HP Lovecraft A vision so original it deserves its own subgenre And all worked out with the diamond hard logic of a great SF writer After Summerland, the thriller has a new geometry Stephen Baxter Eerily plausible, beautifully pitched on the cusp between wonder and horror, and thoroughly engrossing from the first page to the last Alastair Reynolds Clever, subtle and has a rich emotional centre SFX Summerland is in its own way as persuasive an example of Rajaniemi s disciplined inventiveness as his better known hard SF LOCUS Engaging writing, tight plotting and fantastic imagination Ed McDonald, author of Blackwing A tense and twisting tale full of delightful allusions and ingeious Ken MacLeod An intricate and vivid world of technological and spiritual wonder Kirkus Hard to admit, but I think he s better at this stuff than I am Charles Stross...
|Publisher||:||Gollancz 28 Juni 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||336 Seiten|
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Reminiscent of Marvel‘s Agent Carter, Rachel White is a secret agent... but that is just the beginning. Set in 1938, we get espionage and counter espionage, glimpses of the Spanish Civil War, the Old Boy‘s Clubs ruling Great Britain, one disenchanted female agent, communism, an alternate reality or rather, a netherworld of ghosts and mediums. Because in this world you go places, when you die. If you have something important to do and own a Ticket...A little confusing at first, pretty good world building from the start. I had to refreshen my lacking knowledge of the Spanish Civil War, which was a lot of fun in itself.Real spies and double-agents added extra interest to the story. And a whole lot of other characters from real life, fitted into this ingenious world. I had a lot of fun looking up all of them.Is the Zöllner camera based on Johann Karl Friedrich Zöllner? Herbert Blanco West took me a bit to figure out... Very educating read, besides being entertaining.Good pacing, suspenseful, not too predictable, well developed characters. I had a hard time picking sides, because I liked pretty much all of them. And in the end you do not (only) get the expected, which makes it fun. I would pick up a sequel, if there will be one. But this is fine as a stand-alone.I received this free e-copy from Tor/Forge via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!
What would the World be like if the scientists in the turn of the 20th century hadn’t discovered atoms and general relativity but aether and connection to dead souls instead? A brilliant parallel universe with its own physics and laws.In the plot with spies and double agents you can never be sure of who is on who’s side. All characters have their own drivers, goals and aspirations. The book ponders what makes us do the things we do, what kind of decisions and sacrifices we are willing to make, what is our purpose in life and the purpose of life itself.
Thought the Quantum Thief novels the best science fiction of the past ten years or so. Bought this the second it came out. Oh no I thought as I began reading. A spy novel. And a fantasy living dead novel. Worse, as I read on, it was clear that it was an attempt at a 'literary' character driven novel. Something no one except maybe Kim Robinson in the first Mars book was ever able to bring off -- that is write a novel where the characters were close to mainstream literary strong but a novel that still had that science fiction sense of wonder that we all crave.But in the breach I found Summerland a serious page turner. Enjoyable. Easy to get through. Emotionally and politically complex. Enough sheer writing talent to make it work. But still. I hope Mr Rajaniemi gets back to writing core science fiction as I believe he is our very best living practitioner of that craft and James Joyce he will never be.
Summerland (Kindle Edition) by Hannu RajaniemiSo, no big deal right? Oh, but let's give some context, as in England in 1938. Also Franco is trying to gain control of Spain. Stalin doesn't want that. And our hero, Mrs. Rachel White, works in intelligence, and deals routinely with agents both living and dead. It's the dead ones that give her the most problems.For a number of reasons, trying to trap a traitor in her own organization is not easy. And her mother keeps annoying her from the afterlife as well. Her husband is a WWI vet who had a very rotten time of it, and now his nightmares become real and he oozes ectoplasm and stuff when he's upset.If this sounds like it's very deliciously twisty and layered, it is! The characters (living and dead) are as real as it gets, and the storyline is tight and well done. Pick it up, you will thank me later!
Hannu Rajaniemi imagines a world that diverged from our own, not into the brass technology of steampunk, but into a world where the dead can be communicated with by Marconi's devices, a world of ectophones, ectotanks, and spirit cages. Take that backdrop and mix it with a pre-WWII tale of espionage, and you have a story that keeps you guessing until the end. The two main characters weave a braided path through the narrative, each commanding the reader's sympathies though often appearing to be on opposing sides. The world of the spy, where nothing is what it seems, is mirrored by the world in which it is set, where our history has been turned on its ear by contact with the land of the dead, yet still manages to play out most of the conflicts that marked our history. The story is told with a minimum of explanation; one of the pleasures and one of the challenges of this book is figuring out how this world works, how it diverged from our own, and how some of our historical figures would have reacted in these game-changing circumstances.
Hannu Rajaniemi has written a brilliant novel in Summerland, no less for its imperfections. He is one of the most important speculative voices in the world, taking his place alongside others such as Miéville, Palmer, and Bacigalupi. They are all tackling important the ideas of today and the coming decades with fresh new tropes mixed in with the familiar, but rising above other talents because they are unafraid to dip their toes into metaphysics and the great existential questions. Rajaniemi manages to create a fun ride along the way with his unabashed love of genre. Or rather, 21st century mash-ups of genre, as with the spy thriller meets ghost story (on a frankly crazy scale) here on display in Summerland.Rajaniemi is wildly successful at world building, creating an unsurpassed imagining of an afterlife that doesn’t seem in any way forced, implausible, or cliché. Learning about the Second Aether is a treat I would not spoil for anyone even mildly interested in reading this novel. His characters are finely crafted and robust, with a few exceptions among the supporting characters. He even manages to prevent a male-dominated cast (reflecting the era of the story) from eclipsing the strong female lead. The spy thriller promises more than it can deliver in my estimation, holding a little too closely to the typical beats of such tales. Even so, there are some significant surprises toward the end, worthy of the growing tension and heightened expectation in the reader. The climax and denouement may have been a little too tidy, but satisfying endings are an elusive (and subjective) thing.What is truly astounding about this book is how it will confront you with questions about your own beliefs regarding the soul, the afterlife, the ethics of immortality, and so many other interesting concepts. And as you walk past the mirrors of the narrative, correlating ectomail with email and so forth and so on, you may see quite an interesting reflection of our own times and concerns in this highly imaginative and stimulating alternate history genre novel.