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 found the book to be an enjoyable one, but its mysteries are perhaps a little frustrating. He comes up with the dumbest reasons to see her all babks time. I’m normally not like this!! We’re teased with mysteries like how no Drezeni has heard of Not one of Banks’ typical sci-fi offerings.

The two are taken from the torturer’s chamber shortly thereafter, as the Ibversions has abruptly taken ill and appears to be dying. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

DeWar is the sometimes-confidant of UrLeyn, but the bodyguard also maintains a friendly, conversational relationship with Perrund, a member of the Tassasen harem. Don’t quite know which of those came first. He died the following June. Throughout the book Banks just keeps on building we have dukes from both kingdoms bitching and plotting against Vosell and Dewar.

Both of them have put themselves in situations where their success or failure directly interferes with the political stability of their respective countries – even the character who supposedly favors non-interference ends up saving a life that ultimately affects the line of succession in that country. Do you fancy a bit of standing on your head?


Ultimately, though, the book gets only three stars because it was too ambitious. But then again, Excession and Surface Detail also do some shit-crazy things when it comes to toying around with narrative.

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. It makes me wonder if my love for this book is, perhaps, a little misguided. The chapters titled “The Bodyguard” initially seem to be in omniscient narration and are the story of the bodyguard of another monarch in a country on the other side of the world. Grandmas explode, people wake up in rooms full of shit, ships run intentiona I must preface my review with my surprise.

I concluded the main theme was into all the characters and ihversions the banter, rooted for the good guys and hoped all the others would get their just deserts. These subtle hints at Urleyn’s character served to generate a growing dislike for him, a man who had such potential for greatness at the onset of the book, but frequently displays unfavourable opinions and actions. The remnants of the empire still war with one another.

If feels like one hell of a romance, honestly. I ran inbersions time last night to finish my post. Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata Use dmy dates from August In this volume of Culture’s series, the author gives a hint on historical fiction genre.

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Does “advancement” here just mean power? Inversions is the ihversions opposite. Attempts to notify Vosill’s family in Drezen were unsuccessful: When he opens his eyes he finds Ralinge and his assistants dead, dispatched bloodily, and Vosill free and in the process of removing her bindings, no indication of how she was freed.


Email required Address never made public. Vosill disappeared from the ship she departed on; her disappearance was only discovered inveesions a sudden burst of wind and chain-fire struck the ship, then vanished as quickly. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Discussing Iain M. Banks’ Inversions

Banks’s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater. It’s fully a stand-alone novel – sci-fi with a fantasy feel to it.

There will always be loose ends, people who disappear leaving only questions behind them, events that are understood imperfectly, and whose full effects still haven’t been seen. Was it better to leave them alone so they could develop on their own, or was it better to force civilization and technology on them even thought that might hurt them in the short run?

Inversions, a book by Iain M Banks | Book review

Minds – sentient thinking computers – are the secret stars of the Culture novels, but here they take centre stage. Tempest Bradford 1 K. But that serves as a reminder that there is a lot of subtlety in Banks’ other Culture books, and the casual reader that read them just as space opera will miss a lot.