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 Murder is obsolete.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 Murder is obsolete.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:Science Fiction
ISBN:B0119LFJBS
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Summerland Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Aug 11, 2018
    I finally started to get the premise of this novel, spies in the afterlife during World War II. Ectoplasm included. And the government is somehow in control? I decided not to finish for the following reasons: -I loved the quantum novels by the author, partly because they felt so h...
  • Lara
    Jul 10, 2018
    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
    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
    (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
    ?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
    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, ...
  • Kiera
    Jun 04, 2018
    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...
  • Jason
    Aug 17, 2018
    5 Stars Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi lived up to my high expectations. Let me simply state that Rajaniemi has vaulted himself to the top as one of my very favorite science fiction authors writing today. This is a cool mystery set in a world where we can go to an afterlife place ca...
  • Leah Rachel
    Jun 24, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Bradley
    Jun 14, 2018
    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...
  • Denise
    Aug 04, 2018
    It was hard to believe this was written by the same author who wrote The Quantum Thief, one of my favorite books. In many ways the plot was similar to The Ghost Walkers by Wells. Perhaps it was the plot or world in both books but I didn?t love either. Perhaps other readers will enjoy...
  • Hpnyknits
    Jul 13, 2018
    ?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
    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
    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...
  • Richard G
    Jun 11, 2018
    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
    "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...
  • Mikko Saari
    Aug 28, 2018
    Säkenöivää tavaraa. Enpä olisi ensimmäiseksi odottanut Rajaniemen tarttuvan seuraavaksi vuoteen 1938 sijoittuvaan vakoojatrilleriin, mutta hyvä että tarttui, tämähän oli kerrassaan oiva teos. Mieleen tulee ennen kaikkea China Miévillen Toiset, koska tässä oli jotain samaa...
  • Alexander Páez
    Jul 28, 2018
    Premisa muuuy chula, desarrollo decreciente, resultado meh. A ver, es curiosa, y la recomiendo porque tiene ideas buenas, pero la ejecución... Lo siento, me he aburrido bastante. ¿Quizá en un relato? ...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Jun 26, 2018
    3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c ...
  • Stacy Bell
    Aug 02, 2018
    I really don't like reviewing books I haven't completed but feel that I gave this one a good go before abandoning it a few minutes ago. I've read exactly half of the book but I think that's all I can take. Reading this/slogging through this was like drinking weak tea. It wet my whistle...
  • Manuel Antão
    Jul 12, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Philip
    Sep 05, 2018
    DNF at 60% I really enjoyed the beginning, and think the ideas and concepts are great. The writing is actually very confident and seasoned too. However, about halfway through I hit a wall that I could not get past. While I like Rachel, one of the main characters, the other main char...
  • Ed McDonald
    Jan 26, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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 ...
  • Tracy Rowan
    Jul 18, 2018
    I flailed about for a while trying to decide what it was I was reading as I read Summerland, but in the end, I realized I was reading a thriller in science fiction garb.  That's not to downplay the SF element, it's essential to the plot, and it's unusual in that it treats the afterlif...