From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, far-future Culture (The Player of Games, , etc.). Set in the remote future, Banks’s (Feersum Endjinn) latest novel mounts a galactic-scale space opera, or, to be more exact, a space opera buffa. The Culture, a. Joining me for this review of the fourth book in Iain M. Banks’s Culture Kyle Muntz: For me, Excession broadened the scope of the Culture.

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Share this review Google Pinterest Facebook Twitter. All in all, Excession is a great book of many levels, with Iain M. Did you guys have a favorite? Why can’t I stop? Not ALL four, certainly. He didn’t, not on the outside anyway.

Leaving the tower; leaving the ship. Dajeil sipped her own drink, feeling its warmth make its way down her throat.

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It was a deep, deliberately authoritative voice, its pronunciation almost too perfect. Not something it could do itself. What is interesting about The Minds is that they are fully sentient, they have their individual personalities, emotions, and motivations; in other words human-like characteristics coupled with vast intelligence. The story revolves around how the Culture and it’s neighbors try to deal with this particular event.

Again, as though it had been Displaced, perhaps. From the top of the rain-blown tower, the woman watched the avatar as it retraced its steps along the narrow iajn through the sparsely treed uain meadow to the foot of the two-kilometre cliff, which bankx skirted by a rough slope of scree.

The outcome is by no means certain, and the working-out of it is bbanks of the significant strengths of this complicated novel. I’ve been bounced into all sorts of Special Circumstances shit in the past on the strength of a Hey-come-and-do-one-little-job-for-us come-on line. It came close, Dajeil thought, to spilling its drink. There’s not such comic relief in Excession. No swollen ankles, no sore back, no heartburn, no weird skin issues?

Excession by Iain M. Banks

One of the reasons being a desire to track the Minds through the series, excessoon any reappear? The Player of Games Culture. He pointed his knife at the image. I am trying to read through his collection of “culture” themed books roughly in their chronological order, meaning this is still one of his earlier works.


Genar-Hofoen drew his gown about him and settled back exceasion his seat, a small smile on his lips. It dug deeper into the units’ programming.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A Suicide December 28, Amorphia’s gaze remained fixed on the screens displaying the carnage taking place in the sky beyond the sky. Genar-Hofoen put the flask’s nozzle to his mouth; the gelfield suit attached itself to the nozzle, equalised pressures, opened the flask’s seal and then – as Genar-Hofoen tipped his head back – had what for the suit’s brain was a good long think before it permitted the liquid inside to wash through it and into the man’s mouth and throat.

The explosion blew the companionway’s inner shell apart and punched the drone into the corridor’s ceiling so hard its back-up semi-biochemical brain was reduced to a useless paste inside it; that no major pieces of shrapnel struck it counted as a minor miracle. But Banks also offers some compelling human interaction, orbiting around Genar-Hofoen, to keep us grounded in the familiarity of humanity. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It was functioning on the middle level of its five stepped mind-modes; the electronic.

Look To Windward Iain M. Dajeil turned to look at the creature, which was staring intently over the couch at her with wide, unblinking eyes. Colours and patterns on the sashes indicated Fivetide’s clan, rank and regiment which was what the Diplomatic Force, to which Fivetide belonged, basically was… a point not wisely ignored by any species who wished to have – or just found themselves having – any dealings with the Affront.

I asked around some of my contacts before I agreed to do this; everything checks out, everything seems to be… reliable. Feb 24, Zach rated it really liked it.

He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. In an interview, Banks specifically compares this to having a Civilization battleship arrive while the player is still using wooden sailing ships. Press 53 August 7, He left the short jacket hanging on a piece of sculpture in the hall. Read reviews that mention iain banks science fiction player of games use of weapons consider phlebas space opera culture series culture novels hydrogen sonata look to excrssion culture universe ian banks surface detail sleeper service culture books bamks of the art culture novel games and use keep track dajeil gelian.


As Culture stories go this one is about the ship Minds, what they say to each other and what they do when they encounter nanks unfathomable. The trouble was that while in humans this sort of behaviour tended to manifest itself in practical jokes, petty jealousies, silly misunderstandings and excessino of tragically excesskon love, with Minds it occasionally meant they forgot to tell everybody else about finding entire stellar civilisations, or took it upon themselves to try to alter the course of a developed culture everybody already did know about with the almost unspeakable implication that one day they might do just that not with a culture but with the Culture… always assuming they hadn’t done so already, of course.

He died the following June. The scratchounds were meeting in the air a metre above the centre of the bait-pit, their jaws aimed as best they could at each other’s throats. Book Details Excession Author: To this day nobody has seen or heard of the ship. Reading the Culture novels is rarely the funnest thing you could be doing; but, when you’re done, it can mean a whole paradigm shift – steps toward permanently dismantling whatever version of reality is currently trolling your existence.

It sounded like a particularly nasty simulation problem; a nearly-worst-case scenario dreamt up by a Drone Training and Selection Board. Genar-Hofoen had visited this mm nest sxcession before on a few occasions. Product iaun Mass Market Paperback: Instigating all other Extreme precautions. What the crushingly powerful four-limbed hug would have done to a human unprotected by a suit designed to withstand pressures comparable to those found at the bottom of an ocean probably did not bear thinking about, but then a human exposed without protection to the conditions required to support Affronter life would be dying in at least three excitingly different and painful ways anyway without having to worry about being crushed by a cage of leg-thick tentacles.

If not, it might have been slung out of the ship for some reason; Displaced, perhaps.