An intricate and vivid world of technological and spiritual wonder.
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.
Calls to mind John Le Carre . . . clever, subtle and . . . has a rich emotional centre
I burned through it in two days. Great book: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spook. [on SUMMERLAND]
A solid and enjoyable book and does much to demonstrate Hannu Rajaniemi's versatility and potential.
Eerily plausible, beautifully pitched on the cusp between wonder and horror, and thoroughly engrossing from the first page to the last
Engaging writing, tight plotting and fantastic imagination.
An excellent slice of genre-bending fiction that thrills and intrigues in equal measure.
A tense and twisting tale full of delightful allusions and ingenious
A jaw-dropping, knowing, hyperintelligent yarn
One of SF's leading lights.
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
A beautifully written, well realised supernatural spy thriller, John le Carré as a ghost story.
Summerland is in its own way as persuasive as example of Rajaniemi's disciplined inventiveness as his better-known hard SF.
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
It reads like John Le Carré if Le Carré ate a ton of acid before writing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
He's switched subgenres while retaining his trademark conceptual high jinks and impressive world-building... an impressive plot reminiscent of John le Carré.
Clever, subtle and... has a rich emotional centre.