As I indicated in a previous post, I recently won an advance reading copy of a book from Goodreads. That book was The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajanieml. Hannu is a Finnish born author currently living in Scotland and The Quantum Thief is his first outing with a full length novel. As part of the suggestion of the Goodreads giveaway program, I wrote a review over on that site and will provide that same review hear for those that do not follow me on that site.
First off I should say that I really enjoyed this book, when I had to fight myself away from reading it at times just to take care of other things I needed to, I do not know of a high compliment one could provide to a book.
While the story is engrossing and the characters have life to them, there is a negative side to the book. It proves to be a confusing read early on. You are dropped into a new universe with little explanation of anything at first, and only discover things at a later point causing you to spend a chapter or two potentially having little clue to what a character may be referring to, also the story has a confusing habit of jumping between the first person and third person writing styles, while the first person does remain fully upon one character, Jean le Flambeur, there are times where you wish the story stuck either with him in the first or in the third at all times, especially when the first person fails to add much to the overall story that one wouldn’t get from the third. This is compounded, at least to me, by the fact that after a while the story doesn’t feel like it’s Jean le Flambeur’s story, but instead is the story of Isidore, while it sets up that the series will appear to follow le Flambeur this particular tale felt more like Isidore’s story. Perhaps that could be that despite my desire to like and root for le Flambeur above all, I found myself on the side of Isidore in all accounts.
The ending of the story proves to be slightly unfulfulling as you’re left wondering at a couple of questions that may never be answered, and sometimes the action occurs quickly and feels lacking, almost like the literary equivalent of a Michael Bay blurry quick-cut action scene.
Despite all of these shortcomings the book still proves to be overall enjoyable, and something I would certainly recommend to other sci-fi fans should they want something good. It’s a superb initial outing for the author, and I would have faith that should he continue he’ll evolve into one of the sci-fi greats of the current generation.