‘The Quantum Thief’ by Hannu Rajaniemi

‘Oblique, Obscure And Obtuse’

Score: 3/5

Iain M. Banks science fiction books put you right in the middle of a huge world with little up-front explanation of what was going on, and the journey through the book gradually revealed the bits of the world mentioned at the beginning. They were wonderful.

I think that’s what this book tries to do, but for me it didn’t really pull it off. Instead of feeling I was embedded in a real, rich world, I just felt in at the deep end with obscure references to things I’d never heard of and wouldn’t see described until a hundred pages later.

I can’t quantify what was different between Banks’ writing and this book, but they feel different and I greatly prefer Banks’ approach.

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