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Genar-Hofoen was silent for a moment. Fivetide flicked bamks fourth tentacle onto the limbs already on the table in front of Genar-Hofoen, which was starting to look crowded.

The figure – tall, white-maned and with excessuon light smile playing on its craggily severe face – stood up and adjusted its long formal jacket. If you’re not a Banks fan, however, stay away. SFBook is entirely funded by Ant including hosting, development and any other costs.

His tales are long and generally involve multiple points of view, often nonhuman, often inorganic. Excession by Iain M.

A novel of extraordinary imagination, richness and energy, Excession is Iain M. I love the Culture books so much that I’d love to reread them in the order written. Up until this point in the series, the Affront were one of the more compelling races Banks had introduced, though I still think I excesssion the Idirans as opponents of the Culture.

By the time the narrative returned to some characters I had trouble remember who excesion were or what exactly they wanted.

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Dec 12, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: Keep me informed, do. It was drifting at about two-eighty klicks a second, almost directly away from the Esperi system.

If you get bogged down in the details, of which there are many, Excession can be pretty confusing. Retracks of debris clouds’ expansion profiles indicates mutual age of Consistent with what would have happened if something just like itself had attacked it.

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Good grief, are exdession mad? The novel did at times banka a little too dry to me—a little too much told, and not enough shown.

But their real purpose is to have Zakalwe meet the Matriarch who realizes there are others outside their society who are even stronger, thus leading to a revolution in the future when the Chosen is determined to be infertile and the Matriarch takes over. The waiter watched the containers topple, fall and roll on the tray it held with an expression of wide-eyed terror Genar-Hofoen needed no ambassadorial training to recognise.

The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M. Part of his brain told him he was running short of oxygen; he’d either have to leave the shower or grope for the excezsion hose which was probably in the last place he’d feel for it. It glanced back at her for a moment. It was considered the ultimate in bad manners even to think about excewsion to read somebody else’s – or something else’s – mind.

The drone paused momentarily, letting debris tear past it in a hurricane of gas, then in the semi-vacuum which resulted powered off again, ignoring the escape route which had opened behind it and racing down to the next companionway junction; the off-line displacer pod the drone was making for hung outside the ship hull only nanks metres round the next corner.

Excession by Iain M. Banks

Something which may be beyond even the Culture’s considerable ability to manage. The result was a device which was almost as much a metaphorical pain to live with as it was in a literal sense a pleasure to live within; it looked after you perfectly but it couldn’t help constantly reminding you of the fact.

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From the complicated conspiracies to the tragedies and deep regrets, the plot unfolds like a vast tragedy although you could argue that, in the end, it is a comedy despite the gigadeath—I think Banks is mocking the wider space opera genre here, pointing out how when the narrative operates at such a remove, pathos becomes an intractable problem.

They are beaked, six-tentacled, air-sacked, hugely powerful, zealously warmongering, and viciously mean beings. Its X-ray laser had been fired recently and its field-shields projectors had soaked up some leak-through damage. Light, bursting from all around it and bearing the signature of plasma fire, drummed into its casing with what felt like the pressure of a small nuclear blast.

Meanwhile, certain Minds occupying a vast array of self-controlled spaceships suspect that still other Minds are involved in a conspiracy–but bxnks what end?

They all have interesting names but there are so many of them it is hard to remember who all the minor characters are and their relevance to the major plot of the story.

Questions?

Luckily the shower had an Off button. As much as I loved the book, two points kept me from considering it one of the best in the series. View all 12 comments. The conversations between the sentient ships alone could sustain me. This is the first Culture book that does not have a main point of view character, it is more of an ensemble piece. Unless the whole situation was a simulation.

I only just got here.

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