Summerland

Summerland

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 Murder is obsolete.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 isn?t the only contender for power in this life and the next. The Soviets have spies in Summerland, Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning. In 1938, death is no longer fea...

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Title:Summerland
Author:Hannu Rajaniemi
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B0119LFJBS
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Summerland Reviews

  • Lara
    Jul 10, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

    ?Summerland is an alternate history spy story. ? the audiobook version was ok, but I wonder if the text book had an explanation of terms and locations. The first few chapters were chaos. Eventually I got the general picture and the spy games. The invented world and philosophy are i...

    Pros: fleshed-out characters, interesting world, fast paced Cons: pay close attention or you?ll get lost quickly, some aspects not explained well Pay very close attention to the first few chapters of the book as you?re dumped into the action with no background information bey...

    This book has such an intriguing concept (British and Russian spies in the afterlife) with an interesting and flawed heroine, but it feels a bit like work to read. I?ve been struggling to pick it back up after I put it down. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Summerland. 'The windmill you are tilting at is very high and ancient and English: Privilege...' Well. (or should I say, Wells...?) This is a strange one. It's a mashup of classic espionage (1930s, British Empire vs Soviet U...

    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...

  • Mark
    Jun 23, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

  • Mike
    May 17, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    May 22, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

  • Ian
    Jun 08, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

  • Annie
    May 27, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

    ?Summerland is an alternate history spy story. ? the audiobook version was ok, but I wonder if the text book had an explanation of terms and locations. The first few chapters were chaos. Eventually I got the general picture and the spy games. The invented world and philosophy are i...

    Pros: fleshed-out characters, interesting world, fast paced Cons: pay close attention or you?ll get lost quickly, some aspects not explained well Pay very close attention to the first few chapters of the book as you?re dumped into the action with no background information bey...

    This book has such an intriguing concept (British and Russian spies in the afterlife) with an interesting and flawed heroine, but it feels a bit like work to read. I?ve been struggling to pick it back up after I put it down. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Summerland. 'The windmill you are tilting at is very high and ancient and English: Privilege...' Well. (or should I say, Wells...?) This is a strange one. It's a mashup of classic espionage (1930s, British Empire vs Soviet U...

    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...

    In Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi, World War II never happened, because Great Britain discovered Summerland. Britain colonizes the ?afterlife? and treat going there as a meritocracy reward?you need ?tickets? in order to go there properly somehow, or you?ll fade. I am a big f...

    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 essentia...

    Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi - an alt-history detective novel with a twist - the afterlife exists (in the form of "Summerland"). Set in 1938 the story follows Intelligence agent Rachael White as she investigates a mole, leading to investigation of high-ranking political officials in S...

    What would it be like to exist in a world where death doesn?t really matter? For the British Empire, it means colonizing the afterlife and continuing to play the Great Game forever. Summerland, by Hannu Rajaniemi, is a spy versus spy story set in an alternate 1938 where the Spanish C...

  • Kiera
    Jun 04, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

  • Leah Rachel
    Jun 24, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

    ?Summerland is an alternate history spy story. ? the audiobook version was ok, but I wonder if the text book had an explanation of terms and locations. The first few chapters were chaos. Eventually I got the general picture and the spy games. The invented world and philosophy are i...

    Pros: fleshed-out characters, interesting world, fast paced Cons: pay close attention or you?ll get lost quickly, some aspects not explained well Pay very close attention to the first few chapters of the book as you?re dumped into the action with no background information bey...

    This book has such an intriguing concept (British and Russian spies in the afterlife) with an interesting and flawed heroine, but it feels a bit like work to read. I?ve been struggling to pick it back up after I put it down. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Summerland. 'The windmill you are tilting at is very high and ancient and English: Privilege...' Well. (or should I say, Wells...?) This is a strange one. It's a mashup of classic espionage (1930s, British Empire vs Soviet U...

    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...

    In Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi, World War II never happened, because Great Britain discovered Summerland. Britain colonizes the ?afterlife? and treat going there as a meritocracy reward?you need ?tickets? in order to go there properly somehow, or you?ll fade. I am a big f...

  • Trish
    Jun 22, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

  • Tyler
    Jul 11, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

    ?Summerland is an alternate history spy story. ? the audiobook version was ok, but I wonder if the text book had an explanation of terms and locations. The first few chapters were chaos. Eventually I got the general picture and the spy games. The invented world and philosophy are i...

    Pros: fleshed-out characters, interesting world, fast paced Cons: pay close attention or you?ll get lost quickly, some aspects not explained well Pay very close attention to the first few chapters of the book as you?re dumped into the action with no background information bey...

    This book has such an intriguing concept (British and Russian spies in the afterlife) with an interesting and flawed heroine, but it feels a bit like work to read. I?ve been struggling to pick it back up after I put it down. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Summerland. 'The windmill you are tilting at is very high and ancient and English: Privilege...' Well. (or should I say, Wells...?) This is a strange one. It's a mashup of classic espionage (1930s, British Empire vs Soviet U...

    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...

    In Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi, World War II never happened, because Great Britain discovered Summerland. Britain colonizes the ?afterlife? and treat going there as a meritocracy reward?you need ?tickets? in order to go there properly somehow, or you?ll fade. I am a big f...

    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 essentia...

    Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi - an alt-history detective novel with a twist - the afterlife exists (in the form of "Summerland"). Set in 1938 the story follows Intelligence agent Rachael White as she investigates a mole, leading to investigation of high-ranking political officials in S...

  • Bradley
    Jun 14, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

  • Hpnyknits
    Jul 13, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

    ?Summerland is an alternate history spy story. ? the audiobook version was ok, but I wonder if the text book had an explanation of terms and locations. The first few chapters were chaos. Eventually I got the general picture and the spy games. The invented world and philosophy are i...

  • Jen
    Apr 05, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

  • Alex Sarll
    Jun 11, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

  • Jessica Strider
    May 24, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

    ?Summerland is an alternate history spy story. ? the audiobook version was ok, but I wonder if the text book had an explanation of terms and locations. The first few chapters were chaos. Eventually I got the general picture and the spy games. The invented world and philosophy are i...

    Pros: fleshed-out characters, interesting world, fast paced Cons: pay close attention or you?ll get lost quickly, some aspects not explained well Pay very close attention to the first few chapters of the book as you?re dumped into the action with no background information bey...

  • Richard G
    Jun 11, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

  • Kavya
    Jun 26, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

  • David Harris
    Jul 05, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

    ?Summerland is an alternate history spy story. ? the audiobook version was ok, but I wonder if the text book had an explanation of terms and locations. The first few chapters were chaos. Eventually I got the general picture and the spy games. The invented world and philosophy are i...

    Pros: fleshed-out characters, interesting world, fast paced Cons: pay close attention or you?ll get lost quickly, some aspects not explained well Pay very close attention to the first few chapters of the book as you?re dumped into the action with no background information bey...

    This book has such an intriguing concept (British and Russian spies in the afterlife) with an interesting and flawed heroine, but it feels a bit like work to read. I?ve been struggling to pick it back up after I put it down. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Summerland. 'The windmill you are tilting at is very high and ancient and English: Privilege...' Well. (or should I say, Wells...?) This is a strange one. It's a mashup of classic espionage (1930s, British Empire vs Soviet U...

  • Ampersand Inc.
    Jan 08, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

    ?Summerland is an alternate history spy story. ? the audiobook version was ok, but I wonder if the text book had an explanation of terms and locations. The first few chapters were chaos. Eventually I got the general picture and the spy games. The invented world and philosophy are i...

    Pros: fleshed-out characters, interesting world, fast paced Cons: pay close attention or you?ll get lost quickly, some aspects not explained well Pay very close attention to the first few chapters of the book as you?re dumped into the action with no background information bey...

    This book has such an intriguing concept (British and Russian spies in the afterlife) with an interesting and flawed heroine, but it feels a bit like work to read. I?ve been struggling to pick it back up after I put it down. ...

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Jun 26, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

  • Ying
    Jun 14, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

  • Manuel Antão
    Jul 12, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

  • Gary
    Jun 25, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

  • Ed McDonald
    Jan 26, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

  • Quintin Zimmermann
    May 31, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

  • Crittermom
    Jun 07, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    Jun 24, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Jun 17, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

  • Joel Mitchell
    Jun 15, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

  • Leon Markham
    Jul 06, 2018

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded book slump start to take over and for your reading list to grow stale, but look at how ...

    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 addi...

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of the most hard-hitting spectacular steam-rolling post-singularity tour-de-force circuses...

    ?You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,? he said between sips. Reminiscent of Marvel?s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore 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 G...

    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") s...

    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/25/s... The afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe ? whose pseudoscientific proto-mockumentary ?The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar? hoodwinked newspa...

    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 conce...

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft . Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938, where the dead are able to relocate to a fourth dimensional afterlife via a meri...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s always something intimately satisfying in picking up a book that jolts your mind with refreshing ideas that only seemed inconceivable at first. Author of the critically-acclaimed Jean le Flambeur trilogy Hannu Rajaniemi r...

    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...

    Hannu Rajaniemi has done it again. Summerland is a superbly crafted, immersive and thought-provoking novel. Instead of a deep space caper, Summerland is a pre-Cold War Era espionage mystery set in 1938 England where the East-West theatre is on the brink of the Spanish Civil War. Bureau...

    Complex but more accessible than his previous work, Rajaniemi?s latest is a feast of spycraft, afterlives, Gods, moral quandaries and politics set in a magnificently original alternate history world. Set in an alternate 1938, the Spanish Civil War is heating up and Britain has dis...

    I normally don't write reviews here for items that I am supposed to review for LJ, but I do want to add that the synopsis that GoodReads has listed is incorrect. This is not about "the bastard daughter of Harry Houdini" or a "map of the Other Side". That does sound very intriguing, but...

    Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur trilogy was a marvel; tricksy, baroque post-singularity space opera, and as such exactly the sort of thing I was always likely to love. His first novel outside that...isn't. It's set in an alternate 1938 where, four decades earlier, scientists made irrefuta...

    (Some points in this review could be considered plot spoilers, though they emerge early enough in the book that I don't think of them as such, but more part of the premise.) I sampled this author's Quantum Thief, but bounced off it because it was both very high-concept and in a sett...

    "You were not paranoid if any room could contain an invisible ghost, looking at your thoughts or listening to your words via a hidden ectaphone' And that quote effectively summarizes why the premise of this book is so interesting. This story is pre WW2 spy thriller with the backdrop...

    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, ...

    Hannu arrived to the science fiction genre with quite a bang in 2010.  His novel, The Quantum Thief, was clever, bombastic and energetic, and was widely acclaimed as an inventive debut from an exciting new author. Now, eight years and three other novels on, Hannu?s latest novel i...

    This is a spy/double agent book sent in an alternate history Earth, where sometime in the 1900s people found a way to connect to the after life (Summerland), and have since developed technology to allow the living and the dead to communicate and interact. I really liked this premis...

    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? co...

    Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction.  If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it.  Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living...

    ?Summerland is an alternate history spy story. ? the audiobook version was ok, but I wonder if the text book had an explanation of terms and locations. The first few chapters were chaos. Eventually I got the general picture and the spy games. The invented world and philosophy are i...

    Pros: fleshed-out characters, interesting world, fast paced Cons: pay close attention or you?ll get lost quickly, some aspects not explained well Pay very close attention to the first few chapters of the book as you?re dumped into the action with no background information bey...

    This book has such an intriguing concept (British and Russian spies in the afterlife) with an interesting and flawed heroine, but it feels a bit like work to read. I?ve been struggling to pick it back up after I put it down. ...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Summerland. 'The windmill you are tilting at is very high and ancient and English: Privilege...' Well. (or should I say, Wells...?) This is a strange one. It's a mashup of classic espionage (1930s, British Empire vs Soviet U...

    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...

    In Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi, World War II never happened, because Great Britain discovered Summerland. Britain colonizes the ?afterlife? and treat going there as a meritocracy reward?you need ?tickets? in order to go there properly somehow, or you?ll fade. I am a big f...

    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 essentia...