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  • Europe in Autumn
  • Dave Hutchinson
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  • 01 June 2018
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Read & Download Europe in Autumn Europe in Autumn Read & Download · 109 O countless tiny nations duchies polities and republics Recruited by the shadowy organisation Les Coureurs des Bois Rudi is schooled in espionage but when a training mission to The Line a sovereign nation consisting of a trans Europe railway line goes wrong he is arrested beaten and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue With so many nations to work in and identities to assume Rudi is kept busy travellin. Oh my YES Spy thriller sci fi Loved this and the final uarter had me glued to my seat with excitement On to book 2 right away

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Read & Download Europe in Autumn Europe in Autumn Read & Download · 109 G across Europe But when he is sent to smuggle someone out of Berlin and finds a severed head inside a locker instead a conspiracy begins to wind itself around him With kidnapping double crosses and a map that constantly re draws Rudi begins to realise that underneath his daily round of plot and counter plot behind the conflicting territories another entirely different reality might be pulling the strin. When it comes to genre fiction it s the little things I appreciate A novel not overburdened by exposition a novel where the dialogue sounds vaguely human a novel where there s a sense of pacing and momentum to the story You know the basic components of a half decent piece of literatureDave Hutchinson gets the little things right More than that Europe in Autumn is a veritable masterclass in plot dialogue pacing and world building And as such it s up there with novels like Annihilation and The Race as the best written science fiction novel for 2014First off there s the world building Hutchinson does not start the novel with a block of text explaining how his book is set in a near future Europe where economic failures and the odd plague has seen the continent fracture into hundreds of sovereign states and principalities No he begins his novel in a restaurant where the head chef Rudi encounters a bunch of mean looking Hungarians It s a tense little moment which doesn t end in the overblown action scene you expect it to but instead has the mean looking Hungarians praising Rudi on his food Clever fuck Pole says one of the HungariansIt s odd to read a science fiction novel where the author holds back the urge to vomit out a stream of world building and plot set up Rudi s life is about to change dramatically but it has little to do with him being a chef or the opinions of Hungarians And yet that scene does create a sense of tension a sense that this time and place is not entirely safeThere is exposition but Hutchinson delivers it to the reader in dribs and drabs such as Xian Flu had brought back uarantine checks and national borders as a means of controlling the spread of the disease it had killed depending on whose figures you believed somewhere between twenty and forty million people in Europe alone and Darius picked up his glass and took a sip of vodka I saw on the news last week that so far this year twelve new nations and sovereign states have come into being in Europe alone and The European Union had struggled into the twenty first century and managed to survive in some style for a few years of bitching and infighting and cronyism Then it had spontaneously begun to throw off progressively smaller and crazier nation states like a sunburned holidaymaker shedding curls of skin Nobody really understood why this had happened What was unexpected was that the Union had continued to flake away bit by bit even after the Xian Flu Officially it still existed but it existed in scattered bits and pieces like Burger King franchises mainly in England and Poland and Spain and Belgium and it spent most of its time making loud noises in the United Nations And this approach to exposition remains consistent throughout the novel For the most part it s employed as flavour text data points that add depth to the near future Europe he s envisaged Even when Hutchinson decides to take the opportunity to provide background to his characters such as the section where we hilariously learn why Rudi became a chef these episodes stem naturally from the storyThe dialogue also plays a significant role in carrying the plot and developing the world I acknowledge what constitutes good banter is a very subjective thing In my review of Jim Butcher s novel Skin Game I found Harry s dialogue to be smug and filled with unnecessary pop culture references I might have blamed Joss Whedon And yet the internet is crammed with people who eat up that sort of self aware witty banter with a knife a fork and their best chinaHutchinson s dialogue and his prose in general has a sardonic and deliberately noir ish uality There s a self awareness to what s said but one that s about the character s internal psychology than any attempt on the part of the author to show off his post moderns chops Hutchinson mostly leaves the dialogue alone He doesn t punctuate it with descriptions about how the character is feeling or his motivation in the scene For example this exchange between Rudi and Fabio the guy who is meant to be mentoring Rudi in the art of couriering packages across borders is not only funny but provides insight into their relationship I hate chefs said Fabio stuffing himself with foodRudi I know Twitchy little prima donnas Fabio tapped the table with the handle of his knife Any half intelligent person can follow the directions in a cookbook and produce food at least as good as this But could they do it night after night for a restaurant with seventy tables Fabio sipped his wine It s all in the planning right Any fool can do it This wine is really good What is it Rudi consulted the menu House red Really You should talk to the staff you know one catering worker to another Maybe you can score us a couple of bottles to take back with us It s better than that piss you serve me And then there s the plot I haven t really described Europe in Autumn because it s the mechanics that impressed me But I don t want that leaving you with the idea that this is a professionally written book with zero substance While the novel might start inauspiciously in a restaurant Hutchinson slowly and intentionally ups the ante Rudi goes from his work as a chef to becoming a courier for a shady organisation and you think the novel is going to be about that organisation and the sort of low level espionage Rudi does for them Throughout all this issues of geography and cartography bubble under the surface No surprises there in a Europe that s flaking like a sunburned holidaymaker the idea of making a map even a digital one would be viewed as a nightmareLate into the novel we re told the story of Captain Charles John Whitton Whyte his survey of the British Isles in the 18th Century and his obsession with Stanhurst a small village that never existed This slice of history conveyed to us via an article exploring Whitton Whyte s cartographical obsession has an almost fairytale uality Suddenly a novel about a chef who becomes a courier and find himself on the run from a shadowy organisation out to kill him takes on a distinctly Borges feel And what s brilliant about this is that this glimpse into another reality a place that doesn t exist in our world but does exist somewhere else works seamlessly into the novel given that this is a book that s all about shifting boundariesI could say about how smart this novel is I could mention how the second half of the book is essentially a bunch of linked short stories where Rudi features but is not the point of view character And how this sudden shift in focus widens our understanding of Hutchinson s Europe and the shifting boundaries and realities simmering underneath without upsetting the narrative flow of the novel I could also note the political implications inherent in a book where borders are freuently changing and independence is a fragile thing Instead I ll leave you with the clear statement that Europe In Autumn is a remarkable science fiction novel from a writer who deserves all the critical praise he s been receiving

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Read & Download Europe in Autumn Europe in Autumn Read & Download · 109 Europe in Autumn is a thriller of espionage and the future which reads like the love child of John le Carré and Franz KafkaRudi is a cook in a Kraków restaurant but when his boss asks Rudi to help a cousin escape from the country country he’s trapped in a new career – part spy part people smuggler – begins Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic Europe has fractured int. In a future post EU Europe that s been busily fracturing into small states a young man is inducted into the Les Coureurs des Bois effectively a non state actor espionage organizationThe book covers how Rudi an Estonian chef initially living in Poland gets recruited and trained by the Coureurs Then we get several disparate looks into what life as a Coureur is like basically tradecraft paranoia moments of desperation and barely finite amounts of preparation with tantalizing glimpses of the top end of 21st century technology Eventually the story emerges from just straight futurist stuff to an actual science fictional plot but it feels a bit tacked onAs a piece of futurist work looking at the sort of political and social pressures that would arise in a post EU Europe I found this to be at least interesting if not entirely relevant to someone living on the other side of the globe The author s opinions in regards to the state building actors are fascinating with groups as wide ranging as soccer hooligans and national park rangers wanting to form their own polities The push for a non state actor espionage group to allow free movement across the myriad new borders is also an interesting and perhaps inevitable idea as wellIn terms of what s really going on it all comes very late in the piece and there s some very frustrating loose ends Why Rudi Who exactly are the actors here There s clearly a huge amount going on behind the scenes but we get almost no backstory for it or much idea what their motivations are in doing what they re doing It s all a very unsatisfying shadow playA friend who was buddy reading it with me made the observation that throughout the book things just happen and you just have to accept it Unfortunately even when Rudi does begin to get proactive instead of reactive the slices of his life we see still make the action of the book appear to just happenI liked this well enough to want to read the next book Hopefully there are some of the answers I wanted out of this book in that one