Tag: Author: Hannu Rajaniemi

Review: The Causal Angel

Posted 11 November, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Causal Angel (Jean le Flambeur #3)
By: Hannu Rajaniemi
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterisation and his unrivalled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science Hannu Rajaniemi has swiftly set a new benchmark for SF in the 21st century. And now with his third novel he completes the tale of his gentleman rogue, the many lives and minds of Jean de Flambeur.

Influenced as much by the fin de siecle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF Rajaniemi weaves, intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of wild future and deep conjecture on the nature of reality and story.

And now we find out what will happen to Jean, his employer Mieli, the independently minded ship Perhonen and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung through the solar system.

And here we are, at the last book in the Jena le Flambeur trilogy. I’ve greatly enjoyed the first two books in the series (see author tag) even though I admit at times some of the hard science with the mathematical/statistical theories went over my head. Ideally I should’ve revisited the first two books before reading the final volume, but I think I remembered enough to just jump in head-on to the story. May contain some spoilers to the trilogy!

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Review: The Fractal Prince

Posted 16 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Fractal Prince (Jean le Flambeur #2)
By: Hannu Rajaniemi
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

“The good thing is, no one will ever die again. The bad thing is, everyone will want to.”

A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of “fast ones,” shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution.

And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not.

Jean de Flambeur is back. And he’s running out of time.

I read the first book, The Quantum Thief (review) a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I wasn’t in any rush to pick up the second novel, really, but then I saw it while browsing the bookstore some time ago and decided to pick it up then and continue along in Jean le Flambeur’s adventures 🙂

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Review: The Quantum Thief

Posted 4 March, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Quantum Thief (Jean de Flambeur #1)
By: Hannu Rajaniemi

Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy— from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him.

Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is currency, memories are treasures, and a moon-turned singularity lights the night. What Mieli offers is the chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self—in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed.

As Jean undertakes a series of capers on behalf of Mieli and her mysterious masters, elsewhere in the Oubliette investigator Isidore Beautrelet is called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, and finds himself on the trail of an arch-criminal, a man named le Flambeur…

I’ve had my eye on this book ever since it first came out in hardback. The premise was very interesting and this was Hannu Rajaniemi’s first novel (later found out that he was Finnish with a background in mathematics–very cool). I had gotten a copy of it for my eReader last year (my attempts of saving space on my shelf) but hadn’t gotten around to it until now.

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