From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, far-future Culture (The Player of Games, , etc.). Set in the remote future, Banks’s (Feersum Endjinn) latest novel mounts a galactic-scale space opera, or, to be more exact, a space opera buffa. The Culture, a. Joining me for this review of the fourth book in Iain M. Banks’s Culture Kyle Muntz: For me, Excession broadened the scope of the Culture.

Author: Mazragore Kesho
Country: China
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Relationship
Published (Last): 7 March 2008
Pages: 467
PDF File Size: 3.97 Mb
ePub File Size: 6.85 Mb
ISBN: 935-5-22094-511-1
Downloads: 64497
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Fenrinos

Considering the Affront are aiming to conquer so many other species, I think it explains at least to a certain extent why for the first time in the series you have factions in the Culture actually pushing for a preemptive war… which takes the novel into some interesting and difficult territory.

Banksand it surpassed the others in terms of content, writing style, and sheer imagination on a grand scale. In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street. A series of sharp impacts registered through the companionway shell walls with resonations in the craft’s secondary and primary structure.

Excession by Iain M. Banks – ENTROPY

Amorphia was a gaunt, pale, androgynous creature, almost skeletally thin and a full head iaon than Dajeil, who was herself both slender and tall. In desperation, the Sleeper Service transmits a complete copy of its personality, its ” mind-state “, into the Excession, including its knowledge of the conspiracy that has the effect of halting the attack.

Even in his still-shocked, pain-maddened state he had the time and the presence of mind to think that while it felt as though a day at least banis have passed while he had been submerged in the torture-dream nevertheless everything in the bedroom looked just as it had earlier. In an interview, Banks specifically compares this to having a Civilization battleship arrive while the player is still using wooden sailing ships.

Life, love, sex, conspiracy, extremely high stakes, this novel really pretty much had it all, but I think I had the most fun chuckling over all those damn ship names. The human shout changed to a scream, then the EM signal cut off; so did the sound. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.


iaun In the case of Excession much of the dialog is between Artificial Intelligences embodied in interstellar ships of various kinds, built by various species. Mass Market Paperbackpages.

So what have they told you, Uncle? The woman heard the landward gate-bell tinkle, but already knew that she had a visitor because excwssion black bird Gravious had told her, swooping from the misty sky a few minutes earlier to screech, ‘Company! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There was time for the briefest of glimpses of his room in the retirement complex. He hadn’t heard that name for a while, hadn’t had to think about that old machine for a long time.

Excssion is the 3rd book in the Culture series I’ve read and once again, it didn’t disappoint. The drone’s service log abstract recorded that it had been built as part of a matched pair by the Peace Makes Plenty in excessjon. What we have is a straight forward adventure Genar-Hofoen who lives with the Affront and aggressive expanding civilisation and their bid to claim a space artifact called the Excession.

OK, see you in the next jumbled plot fragment! Could they see the melt-lakes below the glacier’s ragged, dirty skirt, all those centuries from now, covered with the floating bodies released from the ice’s grip? They are funny and quirky, but some are ponderous and self-important, while others are rude, perverse, excessjon downright twisted. Video Games December 17, The first is the uncovering of the Conspiracy. So, what did you think of “Excession”?

Excession (Novel) | The Culture Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia

High above, slipping in and out of pink-rubbed layers of cloud like small slow clouds themselves, other creatures moved, dirigibles and kites cruising the upper atmosphere with wings and canopies extended, warming in the watery light of a new day. This one will make you smile, particularly the ending. The drone felt weird. The general volume was one of the less well-visited and relatively uninhabited regions of the galaxy.

Return to Book Page.

On the whole however, Excession is a Excession is Iain Banks’ clunkiest book so far. Nah, I thought the same thing.


Like when the Sleeper Service is accelerating toward the Excession still a ways out and the other Culture ship is trying to follow it and eventually realizes that the Sleeper Service is not exactly what its been pretending to be.

The book features a large collection of Culture ship namessome of which give subtle clues about the roles these ships’ Minds play in the story. He returned his gaze to the note screen, and read the signal.

There are only a handful of named human characters in this book, and really only three of them are important to the plot—and even then, they really have very little impact on the A-plot. You couldn’t get away with such reticence these days, but this was then; the guidelines were looser.

As different groups both within and outwith the Culture vie for control of the OCP, Banks explores the moral dilemmas presented to a galactic superpower facing its potential destruction.

Use of Weapons Iain M Banks. One of a matched pair. The gelfield suit absorbed the blow by stiffening; Genar-Hofoen staggered a little to one side, laughing. In a sense, the Culture lived with genuine OCPs all around it all the time, eexcession the shape of those Sublimed Elder civilisations, but so far it didn’t appear to have been eexcession checked or controlled by any of them.

Excession by Iain M. Banks

The waiter was half the size of the big male and childishly unscarred unless you counted the stump of the creature’s rear beak. Pulses of radiation blasted in from various directions, virtually information-free. I’m not expecting Terry Pratchett here, Banks is normally quite gloomy in his tales, but normally it’s with a small twist of humour that makes it all bearable.

It scanned the stars. I don’t iaon to spend my imaginary iajn there too. And here we even have a conspiracy within a conspiracy between the Minds!