The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur, #1)
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The Quantum Thief

by Hannu Rajaniemi
Release date: September 20, 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictionspace opera

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2012, Locus Award nominee 2011.

The most exciting SF debut of the last 5 years a star to stand alongside Reynolds and Morgan.

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 steal their thoughts, to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of the Moving Cities of Mars.

Except that Jean made one mistake. Now he is condemned to play endless variations of a game-theoretic riddle in the vast virtual jail of the Axelrod Archons – the Dilemma Prison – against countless copies of himself. Jean's routine of death, defection and cooperation is upset by the arrival of Mieli and her spidership, Perhonen. She offers him a chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self – in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed...

The Quantum Thief is a dazzling hard SF novel set in the solar system of the far future – a heist novel peopled by bizarre post-humans but powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge and jealousy. It is a stunning debut.

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A good quantum romp with plenty of action and interesting characters and settings. Rajaniemi makes you work at it a bit, though; the environment is complex and it's up to you to figure it out. There is also a lot attention given to unfinished storylines - you get the sense that there is large saga looming.. Still, I enjoyed it! Will buy the next one as well.
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It's kinda like Ocean's Eleven, only in space! Rajaniemi holds nothing back and pushes the reader into a fully fleshed world and story, and the reader just has to buckle up and enjoy the ride. And boy, what a ride! I loved every confusing twist and turn of it!
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