Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning.In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited. Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased.Yet Britain isnt the only contender for power in this life and the next. The Soviets have spies in Summerland, and the technology to build their own god.When SIS agent Rachel White gets a lead on one of the Soviet moles, blowing the whistle puts her hard-earned career at risk. The spy has friends in high places, and she will have to go rogue to bring him in.But how do you catch a man whos already dead?...
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This is one of those books that I just don't have nearly enough Goodreads shelves for. In addition to the ones I've chosen, it also delves into politics, war, philosophy, gender inequality, spies, PTSD, grief, duty...I could go on. There's a lot happening in this thing, though it feels very quiet and thoughtful and smart (it's Hannu Rajaniemi, duh).
This story is, on the surface, a lot less weird than the Jean le Flambeur series, mostly dealing with 1930's-era spies on opposites sides during the ...more
Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of Summerland because I got to read the first pages at Worldcon, got hooked and then bugged the publisher until they gave me a copy. No spoilers.
I've always felt that there are concept books, and then there are plot-based books. The concept books take an idea and explore it thoroughly, and you umm and ahhh at the marvellous imagination of the writer. Plot books send you somewhere that's familiar enough that the strange world the author has created does ...more
"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 of the Spanish Civil War. Spy thrillers are not really my thing, but the lovely tension of a human woman agent trying to catch a turned ghost operative along with Hannu Rajaniemi's excellent ability to sketch out full ...more
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 irrefutable contact with the afterlife. So the Great War was won with ectotanks and flyers, people channelling the energy of the dead - and now, the battle between the Republicans and Franco looks set to draw the great pow ...more
Wonderful! As others have commented - very different from his previous novels - more accessible certainly, and a different kind of exploration. The central conceit of this book is that souls do go somewhere when you die, and the British Empire has mastered the technology. It's essentially a spy novel set in this world - pacey and well written and hugely enjoyable. I love science fiction which expands the mind and causes one to think differently about the world - this certainly is that, but writt ...more
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 and the world of the dead. The world of the novel was changed forever when the Summerland was discovered. Once thought to be gone forever, the souls of the dead persevere and retain their intelligence. Technology ...more
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 those items are not anywhere in this particular book.
Review to follow in the Library Journal.
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 meritocratic system of Tickets that are offered to the deserving. The dead can further interact with and manifest themselves in a very real way in the world of the living via ectophones and mediums. Imagine being able to p ...more