Inversions is a Culture series novel by the noted British author Iain M Banks. If I had to sum up Inversions with one word it would probably be “Different”. Taking a bit of a break from Hugo stuff (but not really), today I’m talking about Iain M. Banks’ Inversions, which I’m reading along with kamo of. Inversions (Culture) [Iain M. Banks] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Iain M. Banks, the international bestselling author of The Player of.

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I loved the ideas. He silently refuses, lowering his sword. Banks’s stand alone genre outings. In the final chapters, the suspicions that DeWar has had through the book come to fruition, as he works out that Lattens is being poisoned, and the great twist, that Perrund is responsible, and has also killed Urleyn.

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Works of Iain Banks. Described as science fiction as fantasy, the book takes place on a world which closely resembles medieval Europe, with castles, palaces, kings, emperors, military generals, balls and banquets. But perhaps it is this silence, the silence of the things that are missing, the subtle hints Banks gives us, that say ialn that needs to be said.

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The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. It is remarkable that this novel is counted as sf and as part of Banks’ Culture books.

Told from the perspective of two very different characters, one a personal account, one a dramatization of events prior, it is a story about the brutalities of man, war, and sovereignty, but ultimately about a difference of opinion on intervention policy, and a difference of opinion on how that intervention should be executed. These details that they spoil are not exactly essential to the plot, but one was spoiled for me and I think the novel lost some of its invegsions as a result and the one that was not spoiled I was very glad wasn’t spoiled because it was a minor mystery I spent the first half of the novel picking at so again, I suspect the novel would have lost some of its appeal had I known the answer to the riddle.

And that is just fucking brilliant.

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There’s not a single detail in these humanoid alien cultures that would pique the interest of an armchair anthropologist. This novel, much more than other Banks novels I have read, is a character study, a portrait of two individuals in positions of power at a time of momentous change on this world. Either that or I am a more discerning reader than everyone else. Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies: You are commenting using your Twitter account.


I thought nothing of these comments when reading them I will admit, thinking that it was just simple political banter. The setting is clearly alien, with two suns and multiple moons, and it’s set in a roughly medieval setting, perhaps sort of an early renaissance equivalent.

Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book. Inversions has really just made me want to go back and re-read the other novels now. Coming from his prior works – in which very little goes unexplained – I was frustrated by the questions left hanging.

He foils assassination attempts and is scorned for his paranoia by his close friend, the concubine Perrund. King Quience reigned for forty years before his death, and was succeeded by one of his many daughters, giving the kingdom its first ruling Queen. DeWar enlists Perrund’s help in focusing UrLeyn on the war, but to no success. I had major problems feeling connected to the last Culture novel I read, It felt like the author was holding things too close to his chest.

It’s fully a stand-alone novel – sci-fi with a fantasy feel to it. He lives in Scotland. I want to share the beauty of this book with everyone, but as I learned before writing this review, I may be the only one who sees the beauty of Inversions. Inversions is perhaps the “hardest read” of Banks’ science fiction books exactly because it’s so much on the fringes of sci-fi and hides so much of the “real story” from the readers, forcing you to pay more attention than most sci-fi, which has a tendency to shove it’s ideas in your face even when those ideas are deep and profound.

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Discussing Iain M. Banks’ Inversions

That said, Inversions is still one of the strongest books I’ve read in a while. The remnants of the empire still war with one another. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The narrator is a man named Oelph, appearing to be the doctor’s assistant, but giving every indication that he is actually a spy for some unknown character referred to as Master. If you haven’t read any of the culture series books yet, you might enjoy this book, but you will miss all references to the overall series – which I think would be a pity because this is what the book is all about.

On the other hand, Inversions can definitey stand on its own, if you go into it with the right, open mindset of a story that is more allegory than adventure. Lee 1 Philip Hinchcliffe 1 Philip K.


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Fans of the Culture series. Inversions is a science fiction novel by Scottish writer Iain M. It reads mostly like a Medieval tale.

Beam Piper 3 H. Inversions is bansk so many worthy ideas, so many ideas that deserve serious consideration, and the book tackles each idea in ways that are both insightful and enjoyable for the reader. Gargantuan megaships which house billions of people, immensely advanced Artificial Intelligences independently managing entire worlds, tiny drones with the ability to kill several people in a matter of seconds, Orbitals 3million kilometres in diameter, ships capable of travelling at hundreds of thousands of times the speed of light, tiny weapons with enormous destructive capabilities which can shrink down to a false tooth or brooch when not in use, galactic warfare, assassins, and an array of bizarre and wonderful alien species.

Oelph tries to suppress the urge to ask to accompany Vosill, since he knows that her answer will be in the negative, but in the end he does ijversions anyway.

The more popular version has DeWar personally execute Perrund, followed by a return to the Half-Hidden Kingdoms where he reclaims his hidden title as Prince, and eventually King.

Doctor’s and bodyguard’s pov The doctor is somewhat a mystery in the kingdom, because she has come from a far of land and seems to have a cure for all the diseases.

It’s well worth the read.

Banks revealed in April that he had late-stage cancer. One country prospers, and the other falls into disarray, but towards the end it is also clearly hinted that things have since improved again, and the book cuts off too early to see the longer term impact. Banks The Culture Space opera novels Anarchist fiction. His only real contact is with Perrund, who spends most nights holding UrLeyn as he cries himself to sleep.

While one character is also clearly interfering far more, it is also not black and white – why did both characters choose to serve the ruler of their respective countries?

Additionally of course, there is the fact that the King has employed a female doctor, who he places a huge amount of trust in and openly treats as an equal, asking her opinion on matters of politics, cartography, and obviously medicine, which supposed experts in these matters snuff with overt scorn, believing that women have no place to have any opinion at all.