Clockwise counting 107/50: Hannu Rajaniemi - The Quantum Thief (2010)
Written by a Finnish mathematician living in Scotland. This is a difficult one to understand and follow. The first half you just have to accept on good faith, then the story gets more accessible and resembles an old-fashioned heist story.
The author is a big fan of the French gentleman thief Arsene Lupin and this story is about theft on a grand scale, on Mars, in what is supposedly a post-human world. The end is very strange. I liked this book from around page 150 to 300. I didn't like the first half and I didn't like the final 30 pages. I have seldom read a book with such abrupt alterations.
It seems it got some award for best SF novel of 2010 and good reviews by The Guardian, Financial Times and others. It's mysterious and obscure, partly very well written and exciting but partly like the feverish dreams of an intoxicated Finnish mathematician. It's either awful or brilliant, I am really not sure. Definitely not my style but I may still make an attempt to read the second book in what is already a trilogy. And the second is supposed to be even more inaccessible. Sigh.