If, after beginning this sequel to The Quantum Thief (2011), you find yourself wondering what the heck is going on here, don’t panic: Jean de Flambeur, the novel’s centerpiece, is wondering the same thing. Sprung (in the first novel) from a virtual prison by Mieli, a powerful woman who offers Jean his freedom in exchange for a service, he must return to his thieving ways and steal something for the pellegrini, a sort of godlike entity. But, even now, Jean still doesn’t know exactly why he was busted out of prison, or what, precisely, he’s stolen. He does know that, until he can pay off his debt to Mieli, he won’t be able to recover his lost memories. To repay his debt, he must safecrack a Schrödinger box and release the god that might or might not be trapped inside. Fans of the author’s popular debut novel, which mixed hard science with wild fantasy, will probably be lining up for this follow-up, which resolves some of the questions posed in The Quantum Thief but, on the other hand, asks several more, for which there are, as yet, no answers. --David Pitt
Spectacularly and convincingly inventive, assured and wholly spellbdinding: one of the most impressive debuts in years. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Quantum Thief)
A stellar debut. (Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Quantum Thief)
Outstanding... A storytelling skill rarely found from even the most experienced authors. (Library Journal, starred review on The Quantum Thief)
The best first SF novel I've read in years. Hard to admit, but I think he's better at this stuff than I am. (Charles Stross on The Quantum Thief)
Rajaniemi has spectacularly delivered on the promise that this is likely to be the most important SF novel we'll see this year. (Locus on The Quantum Thief)
Absolutely incredible… Endlessly inventive and compulsively readable. It's one of the best books of the year. (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick on The Quantum Thief)
Hannu imagines a rich techno-universe where virtual realities and the physics of the universe blend, where minds can get encoded in stories and seep into you, taking over. Read morePublished 3 months ago by H. Slusanschi
A great story. Must read if you enjoyed his first book, The Quantum TheifPublished 3 months ago by Rilke Crane
An interesting story with lots of mind bending ideas. But I found the prose often dense and difficult to follow. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jean le Flambeur is on a mission whilst being hunted – of course, this calls for deft timing and brilliant distraction all while trying to get in a Schrödinger box to borrow a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe Frazier
High fantasy SC at its best. Dense and fast moving with interesting characters and memes. Like Moorcock, Iaian Banks and Stephenson together.Published 5 months ago by regular guy
I am still thinking about this series. It was wonderful and amazing. Lots of new, fascinating sci-fi concepts regarding what happens next for humans in space and how computers will... Read morePublished 5 months ago by CR
I'm enjoying it!
If you enjoyed The Culture series at all, you'll enjoy this yarn.