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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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Order by newest oldest recommendations. Apologies that this sounds plot heavy, Banks is one of those writers who puts so much subtext in that there is about nine novels jammed into the 12 chapters that I read.

When he returns, Perrund tells DeWar about the story, then tells him it was a shadow of the real story: There is little for me to say about the two stories being told; very little happens. There are two narratives in alternate chapters- the first is told from the perspective of Oelph, apprentice to This sixth book set in the universe of the Culture is very different from it’s predecessors. Rather than focus on a grand scale space-opera, I think Banks wanted to dump us into a backwater gravity-well and let us have a sense of what it would be like to tour as a doctor, perhaps Culture trained, among the crude creatures of a Medieval period.

DeWar is the sometimes-confidant of UrLeyn, but the bodyguard also maintains a friendly, conversational relationship with Perrund, a member of the Tassasen harem. It doesn’t happen a lot, but when it does it can be very compelling. There are 2 separate stories taking place in different parts of the world, each one told in alternating chapters, but the narrator of one section tells us on the prologue they I loved this so much.


The woman issues what sounds to Oelph like commands, albeit in a language he does not recognize even partially. He silently refuses, lowering kain sword. We don’t know who they are – they could be agents of Contact or Special Circumstancesor they could be individuals with their own agendas, or perhaps just shipwrecked aliens waiting for their ride home?

Ultimately the blame is publicly taken by Ulresile, who escapes with being exiled for several months; the King makes it clear that further plots against the doctor will not be tolerated. Unlike Matterthat is where this book’s sci-fi aspect stops short. With Inversions we get, um, an inversion I guess, of what Banks seems to normally do with his Culture stories.


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There is no easy judgment between these potential opposites, no good or bad, they simply are, and what one might want to know about them is likely not put into words within the confines of the story. Banks didn’t seem to want to let us into his world very far, and so kept the door only open a crack. I’ve found that my enjoyment of this series falls in two camps: What exactly is going on? The “natives” may be primitive, but they are not bad as people, just products of their environment; and both sides learn – it’s not a one way street.

With some rather interesting outcomes, I might add. 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.

A large number of DeWar’s chapters see new problems and threats to the Protector as they present themselves. Spiraling around a central core of mystery, deceit, love, and betrayal, Inversions is a dazzling work of science fiction from a versatile and imaginative author writing at the height of his remarkable powers.

Some of the strong points of the book are 1.

Head over to their blogs to see what they think of the book so far. Inversions 6 30 Nov 01, The second, interleaved storyline is told by an initially unnamed narrator, remaining unnamed so as to provide a neutral context for the narrative. Por otro lado, tenemos la segunda historia, la del Guardaespaldas, situada en otra ciudad del mismo mundo, y protagonizada por DeWar, el guardaespaldas del Protector, el rey UrLeyn de Tassasen. Inversions is the Culture book that trips you up – if iani didn’t say A Culture Novel on the front cover, you could be forgiven for spending most of it thinking it was one of Iain M.

Oelph’s eyes are closed at this point, and in his narrative he is unable to adequately describe what he hears next, other than an impression of wind and metal.


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You are commenting using your WordPress. It feels very much like a medieval criminal inverrsions with culture background – so pretty much the perfect mix for me! Did you say, Give up all your own ways of doing things, the gods that you worship, the beliefs you hold most dear, the traditions that make you who you are?

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 iaon unknown character referred to as Master.

Without spoiling anymore, I will be forced to speak circuitously, which I must beg your forgiveness for. And 30 years after its first publication, Consider Phlebas remains a novel grimily opposed to the shiny rocketships and derring-do of most space opera. DeWar in particular finds her easy to confide in, and spends much of his off-time playing board games with her while the two tell each other stories.

This time around though, I get it. I suspect that Look To Windward was Iain Banks showing off at the peak invesrions his talents — and what a great show it is. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. SFBook is entirely funded by Ant iinversions hosting, development and any other costs. But I finished it this morning and am looking forward to hearing more thoughts from the peanut gallery.

May 01, Ints rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Things did not turn out very well for anyone involved in the story. 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.

There’s no contact between the two — calling the link between them weak would be wrong, it’s more a subtle kind of thing, with no real consequences for the surface story. The stories are often slow and far from action-packed.