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 Murder is obsolete.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
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Ana and Kata: “Summerland” by Hannu Rajaniemi
“Yet the longer you lived in Summerland, the stranger things became. Your hypersight grew more acute, and little by little, you developed an awareness of two additional directions that were invisible to the living. One was the ana direction, four-up. Towards ana lay the world of the living, in its own thin slice of the aether. It was the direction of the Unseen, the mysterious source of hype ...more
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 discovered a way to communicate with and preserve consciousness in the afterlife, called Summerland. The empire has colonised an abandoned alien city within Summerland, creating a haven for their recently deceased citizens ...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
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.
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
3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c
“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 interesting, and the alternative outcomes for death are in away creating a new class system. Also means your secrets don’t necessarily die when you go to the next phase. The book begs to be a film, to be able to visuali ...more