Calls to mind John Le Carre . . . clever, subtle and . . . has a rich emotional centre
This is not a run of the mill tale of rogue agents, secrets and danger but instead uses this narrative framework as a guide to explore the deeper secrets of the human heart and the power of our own mortality
Summerland: As if Alfred Hitchcock had made a movie with HP Lovecraft . . . A vision so original it deserves its own subgenre. And all worked out with the diamond-hard logic of a great SF writer. After Summerland, the thriller has a new geometry
An intricate and vivid world of technological and spiritual wonder.
He's switched subgenres while retaining his trademark conceptual high jinks and impressive world-building... an impressive plot reminiscent of John le Carré.
Engaging writing, tight plotting and fantastic imagination.
A solid and enjoyable book and does much to demonstrate Hannu Rajaniemi's versatility and potential.
An excellent slice of genre-bending fiction that thrills and intrigues in equal measure.
One of SF's leading lights.
Clever, subtle and... has a rich emotional centre.
It reads like John Le Carré if Le Carré ate a ton of acid before writing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
I burned through it in two days. Great book: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spook. [on SUMMERLAND]
A jaw-dropping, knowing, hyperintelligent yarn
Eerily plausible, beautifully pitched on the cusp between wonder and horror, and thoroughly engrossing from the first page to the last
With boundless imagination, Rajaniemi invents a mortal realm with a steampunk flair... Sci-fi and fantasy readers longing to immerse themselves in a fascinating new world will love exploring Summerland.
A beautifully written, well realised supernatural spy thriller, John le Carré as a ghost story.
A tense and twisting tale full of delightful allusions and ingenious
Summerland is in its own way as persuasive as example of Rajaniemi's disciplined inventiveness as his better-known hard SF.