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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Overall, Banks succeeds in creating a non-Culture Culture novel that is every bit as bankx, intriguing and memorable as the others, and may well stand out even further for being so unique. Email required Address never made public.

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As Banks has described, it was his “attempt to write a Culture novel that wasn’t”, and as such all of the common motifs that I have grown to love in the series are completely absent. Snyder 2 Lyda Morehouse 1 Lynne M.

It’s two main characters are part of the Contact organization, but we don’t hear the tale from their perspective, and so Contact remains a subtle thread in a greater tapestry or a lesser one, depending on one’s perspective.

Science fiction books iajn. 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. The hilt of the dagger is embedded with a number of small jewels, as well as many empty spaces where jewels once were.

All the guys are gonna be talking sportsball references and other intelligentsia, and I am umm…. May 14, Princessjay rated it really liked it Shelves: I even want to do it now to find any other Culture references I might have missed.

Banks The Culture Space opera novels Anarchist fiction. Don’t quite know which of those came first. That said, I think having read at least one Culture books is a prerequisite for fully enjoying Inversions. The smarmy robots, superintelligent AI Minds, and laissez-faire posthumans are all invetsions and everything, but after you’ve hung out with them for a few volumes they get kinda same-y.

I say right now that I will endeavor to do better than that, and give a truly spoiler-free review. May 15, Julie S rated inversionss liked it. I think this one of the weakest books I have read the culture series so far. A large empire broke up in the decade or so preceding the action, apparently from meteor or asteroid strikes that severely affected farming across much of the globe. I do believe I succeeded inversipns writing a spoiler-free review, but I’m not sure I managed to say anything at all, lol.


Jul 16, Sumant rated it liked it Shelves: Finished this a while ago and I guess I’m still figuring out what I have to say about it.

The bodyguard is present in a kingdom completely different from doctor, in his land they do not have kings but the head of the state is called as the protector. Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication.

The story progresses through pov of two protagonist namely the doctor Vosell and the bodyguard Dewar. The three conspirators who attempted to kill Vosill died of various diseases, only Adlain lasting longer than a few years.

Book published by Orbit in May Following this account Oelph includes another found transcript, this time between Walen and Duke Quettil, though Walen is unable to obtain Quettil’s agreement for the use of Ralinge, his own chief torturer, in Walen’s kidnapping plan.

Doctor Vossil is more subtle, intervening with suggestions and behind the scenes. One of the most memorable scenes involves a ball in which Vosill and Oelph are invited, to mingle with the upper echelons of society, where one noble lady suggests that when the King grows bored of Vosill she may hire her invrrsions a wet-nurse or something similarand Oelph reacts be saying that this would be demeaning to the infersions talents.

The stories tend to be the same, with point of view and a few other variables shifted around. In lateBanks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the invasion of Iraq.

Inversions (Iain M. Banks)

But as Perrund reveals her history, we learn that she is in fact the opportunity the King is referring to, having escaped to Haspidus after Urleyn killed her family, and acting on the orders of the King to kill Urleyn, but not before bringing about his utter ruin. Rather than her parents locking her in the basement to be cruel, they locked her in to hide her from Imperial soldiers—high-ranking men of the former King’s regime.

Some of these ingrained prejudices are presented through Oelph, as he is insulting to the poor, acquiescent in regards to the nobility, and at times highly judgmental whenever the doctor does something considered unwomanly.

I almost wish I had been able to read this book without knowing about the Culture connections, since discovering them unprompted would have been a delight. Banks channels his considerable talent into almost fairy tale storytelling. Just as no two people ever see a rainbow in exactly the same place – and yet both most certainly see it, while the person seemingly standing right underneath it does not see it at all – so truth is a question of where one stands, and the direction one is looking in at the time.


It shows exactly how tough the utopian Culture can be.

What exactly is going on? However awesome and amazing it would be to live in a post-scarcity world with Minds and banms and years of life, such a setting also highlights the shallow pettiness that results from being essentially carefree from inception to “death”.

There are two narratives that aren’t really related to each other though they take place in the same period of time. As Banks stated, this is his Culture novel that wasn’t really a Culture novel, and I admit that I was in fact expecting at inversiions some explicit clarification toward the end, with a drone or a hips appearing, or one of the characters explaining who they are and who they work for.

If feels like one hell of a romance, honestly. On the surface it’s not even clear to a casual reader that it is science fiction. Each has plenty to teach those who will listen to them, and each has a mission – which may Inversions is the Culture book that trips you inverwions – if it didn’t say A Culture Inversionx on the front cover, you could be forgiven for spending most of it thinking it was one of Iain M.

Elsewhere, in another On a backwards world with six moons, an alert spy reports on the doings of one Dr. Even if you inverrsions it was the right thing to do to make life better for them, which way did you do this? The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. Afterwards she was taken in iaij men from Haspidus, and recruited as a spy by King Quience directly.


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. DeWar is on high alert as the conflict with Ladenscion approaches, believing that someone within the court may be a traitor. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Following iaon reforms Vosill confesses to the King that she loves him, a sentiment he rebuffs, and further informs her that he prefers “pretty, dainty, delicate women who [have] inversiohs brains.

It doesn’t happen a lot, but when it does it can be very compelling.