The ninth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction.
It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.
Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture.
It begins in the realm of the Real. It begins with a murder.
And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.
Praise for the Culture series:
'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday
'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian
'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman
'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph
The Culture series:
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Look to Windward
The Hydrogen Sonata
Other books by Iain M. Banks:
Against a Dark Background
Banks's labyrinthine and devious ninth Culture space opera novel (after 2008's Matter) adeptly shifts perspective between vast concepts and individual passions. The blissfully disorganized, galaxy-spanning Culture has fabulous technology that gives human and alien entities freedom to choose who and what they want to be. When sex slave Lededje Y'breq is murdered by a politician on the planet Sichult, the artificial intelligence running one of the Culture's immense starships resurrects her so she can seek revenge. Meanwhile, the Culture is uneasily watching the conflict over whether to preserve virtual Hells for the souls of "sinners" or give them the release of death. Leaping with jaw-dropping speed from character to character and from reality to virtuality, the narrative swiftly pulls these concerns together. New readers may be taken aback by the rapid pace, but fans will dive right in and won't come up for air until the final page. \n
Banks at his best
Another thoroughly engaging culture novel from Mr Banks. His imagination knows no bounds. The concepts are epic, as always.
Great story, shame about the iBooks version!
Great Culture novel. Let down a little by a typo infected iBooks version of shockingly poor quality. In the story the narrative changes from one storyline to another during a chapter. Whereas the hardback uses space to indicate these transitions, the iBooks version doesn't, which is a bit disorientating. It also con-rains many,
many typos, layout issues and unnecessary hy-phens! (To give you a feel for an average page!) Given it's more expensive than the paperback, you would have thought they could have proof read it!
I know of no other author who can mix galaxy-spanning, mind- boggling ideas with such horror, humour and profound humanity. Just brilliant.