From the always awesome Bookworm Blues:
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.
Ahh, the lovely Kekai Kotaki strikes again. There’s a reason he’s one of my absolute favourite artists working right now. Certainly this cover, coming from Tor Books, is a huge step up from the bland UK cover. I know it sounds shallow, but I’m suddenly a lot more interested in reading Rajaniemi’s novel thanks to this cover; despite the rave reviews, I was never really interested in it. What can I say? I’m easy to please (with good cover art).