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The Causal Angel

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

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

In The Causal Angel we will discover the ultimate fates of Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen, and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung throughout the solar system.

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failed to grab me, too many invented words, author trying to make me work too hard rather than entertaining me
Nice storytelling (although I felt it abused the word quantic in the first half of the book), although the science part is mostly missing. Has nice ideas and crazy ideas for the sake of putting the characters in some situations, creating a strange, beautiful but somehow unbounded universe (it is never clear what is possible and what not, and mostly it seems like anything is possible). In this "noisy" world characters struggle to come with an identity and they shift many times from one direction to another. Jean le Flambeur must prevent the destruction of Saturn and rescue Mieli who has been captured by the Zoku. After stealing his old spaceship and discovering more about his past, he sacrifices this self to let the others escape. But there is always "another" Jean in the prison to continue... which is an end fitting the feeling of the book