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 Murder is obsolete.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 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.
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 newspaper readers in 1845 – have sought to portray the pre-scientific notion of consciousness after death in post-scientific terms. Some of the more famous examples since then come from Philip José Farmer (Riverworld series) and P ...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
„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 Great Britain, one disenchanted female agent, communism, an alternate reality or rather, a netherworld of ghosts and mediums. Because in this world you go places, when you die. If you have something important to do and own a ...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
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 premise. I love it when a book is set in this kind of alternate timeline, and other books that did it well are the Laws of Magic series by Michael Pryor and The Year of the Knife by G.D. Penman. The whole aspect of being abl ...more
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 beyond what you can gleam from conversations. Once you’ve got a feel for the players, the world, and the stakes, sit back and enjoy the fast paced ride.
The story is told through mostly alternating chapters from the points of vie ...more
3.5 stars -- full video review: https://youtu.be/N0nUK-D7E6c