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Summerland

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  25 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
From Hannu Rajaniemi, one of the most exciting science fiction writers in the last decade, comes an awe-inspiring account of the afterlife and what happens when it spills over into the world of the living.

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 Murder is obsolete.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 B
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 28th 2018 by Gollancz
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Cathy (cathepsut)
Excellent book, review to come (no more than) two weeks before the publishing date, as requested by the publisher.

I received this free e-copy from Tor/Forge via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!
Ed McDonald
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jen
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.
Mike
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
(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 setting with a lot of new things in it that aren't immediately explained. This one is high-concept, but the setting is more understandable: the world of British espionage in an alternate 1930s, in which Lodge and Marconi h
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Quintin Zimmermann
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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
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Ampersand Inc.
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.
Annie
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Civil War might lead to another world war. Rachel White works for the Winter Court, the lively side of the British Secret Service. Peter Bloom is a Russian double agent undercover in the Summer Court, the afterlife ve ...more
Kiera
Review to come closer to publication date.

An advance copy of this book was kindly provided by Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Делиян Маринов
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Crittermom
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Bureaucratic rivalry between the living and the dead in the British Intelligence intersect with private indiscretions of the elite, since in this alternative world, death is not the end but entre to a better place. In Su ...more
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EN: Hannu Rajaniemi is a Finnish author of science fiction and fantasy, who writes in both English and Finnish. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a founding director of a technology consultancy company, ThinkTank Maths.

Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland. He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Oulu, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Ca
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