Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning.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.Yet Britain isnt 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.But how do you catch a man whos already dead?...
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This is one of those books that I just don't have nearly enough Goodreads shelves for. In addition to the ones I've chosen, it also delves into politics, war, philosophy, gender inequality, spies, PTSD, grief, duty...I could go on. There's a lot happening in this thing, though it feels very quiet and thoughtful and smart (it's Hannu Rajaniemi, duh).
This story is, on the surface, a lot less weird than the Jean le Flambeur series, mostly dealing with 1930's-era spies on opposites sides during the ...more
Wonderful! As others have commented - very different from his previous novels - more accessible certainly, and a different kind of exploration. The central conceit of this book is that souls do go somewhere when you die, and the British Empire has mastered the technology. It's essentially a spy novel set in this world - pacey and well written and hugely enjoyable. I love science fiction which expands the mind and causes one to think differently about the world - this certainly is that, but writt ...more
The overall plot of this book follows a mole hunt on the order of LeCarré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. However, in this alternate 1938 death is merely a transition into a different dimension (or something) that still interacts with the world of the living. “The Great Game” continues on both sides of death as the British and Russian Empires vie for supremacy with the Spanish Civil War as their chessboard.
I won’t go into much detail about how Summerland (where dead Brits go) and the Presence (t ...more
With the disaster that is Brexit looming over the UK, some popular culture has been harkening back to those rose-tinted good old days when we all pulled together like in, er, World War II… Er, WTF? How exactly does WWII map onto Brexit? Anyway, the fact Brexit is bending UK culture, as well as the economy, out of shape is a given, but it seems to have manifested a bit oddly in genre fiction, Yes, I know Rajaniemi is Finnish, but he’s been a resident of the UK for a number of years, and his caree ...more
This was my first novel by this author, who came highly recommended.
The premise of there being an afterlife, making death no big deal, as well as all the political repercussions (Queen Victoria is still ruling Britain, although from Summerland which basically is "the other side") sounded intriguing. The people here not only have a way of talking to the dead on a special phone, the dead can also rent a medium's body to walk among the living. We also have a spy story full of agents, moles, double- ...more
3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
Ana and Kata: “Summerland” by Hannu Rajaniemi
“Yet the longer you lived in Summerland, the stranger things became. Your hypersight grew more acute, and little by little, you developed an awareness of two additional directions that were invisible to the living. One was the ana direction, four-up. Towards ana lay the world of the living, in its own thin slice of the aether. It was the direction of the Unseen, the mysterious source of hype ...more
Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of Summerland because I got to read the first pages at Worldcon, got hooked and then bugged the publisher until they gave me a copy. No spoilers.
I've always felt that there are concept books, and then there are plot-based books. The concept books take an idea and explore it thoroughly, and you umm and ahhh at the marvellous imagination of the writer. Plot books send you somewhere that's familiar enough that the strange world the author has created does ...more