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"Dave Hutchinson's Europe in Autumn, presents a near-future Europe fractured into hundreds of nations or "polities", each with its own strictly controlled border. The Les Coureurs des Bois is a shady organisation which delivers packages, and sometimes people, across these borders. Estonian chef Rudi, working in Krakow when the novel opens, is drawn into the organisation and finds himself embroiled in ever more complex situations. Hutchinson draws a convincing picture of a fragmented continent - he's especially good at describing the industrial wasteland of the former Poland - as Rudi finds his life under threat. Unable to trust anyone, especially Les Coureurs, Rudi attempts to work out who wants him dead, and why. The author's authoritative prose, intimate knowledge of eastern Europe, and his fusion of Kafka with Len Deighton, combine to create a spellbinding novel of intrigue and paranoia." --The Guardian
"One of the most sophisticated science fiction novels of the decade: a tour-de-force debut, pacey, startlingly prescient, and possessed of a lively wit that never fails to convince and charm its readers." --LA Review Of Books
About the Author
Dave Hutchinson was born in Sheffield in 1960. After reading American Studies at the University of Nottingham, he became a journalist. He s the author of five collections of short stories and one novel, and his novella The Push was shortlisted for the 2010 BSFA award for short fiction. He has also edited two anthologies and co-edited a third. His short story The Incredible Exploding Man featured in the first Solaris Rising anthology, and appeared in the 29th Year s Best Science Fiction collection. He lives in north London with his wife and several cats.
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I was going to complain that there isn't much evidence of character development - but on reflection, I think that's not true. Many characters are described in a way that shows how their character was formed - often very economically outlined. The plot is driven by character - even if there's also a lot of action.
One of the best books I've read in a long time - recommend it!
However, even given this, it is a great read, a very novel idea, very very readable, and still deserves 5 stars. It actually reminds of Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash, although I can't put my finger on why, certainly polities and burbclaves are similar, but it's deeper than that.
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It is difficult to review this book without giving out the plot, but it is a page-turner from the first line to the last. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Artemi Glaskov
Clever premise in the post brexit era that twists and turns but never seems too far fetched with a mix of old school espionage and near future technology.Published 6 months ago by Mr APH Seager
I didn't know anything about this author or the book and bought it on impulse - and really enjoyed it. It is such an unusual story well written with well observed characters. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. David Mason
Good enough read to make me buy the sequel; but story tends to be a bit fragmented (like the Europe). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rivertothesea
I have to admit, I spent the majority of Europe in Autumn going 'okay, so this book is about a future Europe and there have clearly also been some technological advances but how is... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Greatgreenbird
Unfortunately, it's not often that you come across a book that makes you buy the follow-up title before you've got half way through. For me, this was one of those books. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. D. J. Forty