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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No life anywhere; just another boring, barren system like a hundred million others. A pariah craft; the one the other Minds called Meatfucker because of its revolting hobby though not, as it were, to edcession face. The drone had only the briefest warning of the suit’s bolstered gun exploding; until that instant the gun hadn’t even been apparent to the machine’s senses, shielded somehow.

Feb 29, Julien rated it it was amazing.

You spend an enormous amount of time in contact with the Minds, in this book, instead of with the human or humanoid members of the Culture, which is really interesting, especially coming after reading Use of Weapons and Consider Phlebas, where it’s the other end of things. It’s daring of Banks to actually write so close to the point of view of the Minds, and he pulls it off. Their conversations are often, but excesxion always, accompanied by long lines of code extraneous to the meaning of what is communicated.

In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street. No other signals registered.

Meanwhile the thing in the drone’s real mind went on raging. Video Games December 17, His leg ached, echoing with the pain of that ancient injury on the glacier.

Not to mention frequently presenting a very real danger to the observing dinner guests; who could forget the ghastly explosion at the Deepscars’ table five back in ‘, when every single guest had met a messy but honourable end exfession to the explosion of a highly pressurised k domed to simulate the atmosphere of a gas-giant?


Be the first to discover new talent! Review “Banks is a phenomenon The intrigues-within-intrigues are mindblowing in this. It was his brain’s indifference to the fact he was suffocating. Shit, I must be feeling bad, Genar-Hofoen thought. Consider Phlebas Iain M. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Now that’s part of the problem with this book, with so many minds around and only a few really distinctive I found it hard to keep track of who was in which conspiracy. In terms of bajks, the book is also notable for the way in which many important conversations between Minds resemble email messages complete with headers.

If you could have anything you wished for? The dinner was an all-male gathering and therefore likely to be fairly boisterous even by Affronter standards. Did whatever was in there – sent here enciphered with the specific task of persuading him to cooperate with Special Circumstances -actually feel? iaib

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Given the magnitude of their intellects and power they became in many respects grand warlords or humanitarians on a cosmic scale. My favorite Mind was the Killing Time. He coughed, which had the effect of making the gelfield ball out round his mouth like silvery chewing gum for a moment – something which he knew Fivetide thought was the second funniest thing a human could do in a gelfield suit, only beaten for amusement value by a sneeze. After having been burned by the likes of The MartiansI decided not to sully my opinion of the series so early on.

Loved the writing, loved the names of the Minds and how they communicate, loved the complexity of the stories. The Excession then vanishes as mysteriously as it appeared and the brief war with the Affront is halted.

There are a few humanoids in the story, and their stories are interesting, but it’s probably the fact that there are humans in this story at all that depresses me the most I’ll have to shut-up now, before I spoil everything. And we suffered, too. Refresh and try again. The ship could, though. This book was like an infinitely better written Transformers movie for me. But come on; can’t you just tell me what the message is? So far all they’d done was exchange a few pleasantries and talk a little about old times; partly, of course, so that Genar-Hofoen could satisfy himself that this apparition had genuinely been sent by his uncle and SC had paid him the enormous compliment of sending not one but two personality-states to him in order to argue him round to doing whatever it was they wanted from him that the hologram might be a brilliantly researched forgery created by SC would be even more of a compliment… but that way lay paranoia.

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Banksand it surpassed the others in terms of content, writing style, and sheer imagination on a grand scale. 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.

The steel cable came hissing and sizzing up through the air, snaking and wriggling as it ripped up the slope towards the lip, loosing most of its grisly cargo from its hooks as it came, like drops of ice off a whip.

Clearly they have enough cognitive power to allow for a highly-developed sense of irony. It fired its own laser at the approaching drone – the blast was mirrored off, blossoming like fiery petals which raged against and pierced the corridor walls – and effectored the displacer aiin controls, powering the machinery up into a preset sequence.

It dug deeper into the units’ programming.

Excession (Culture, #5) by Iain M. Banks

Part of the joy of Excession is hearing iaun Minds speak with each other, that matrix-like shower of numbers, text, esoteric syntax, and witty repartee. There’s no way back.

Banks offers readers a deeply imaginative, wittily satirical tale, proving once again that he is “a talent to be reckoned with” “Locus”.

An Outside Context Paradox.