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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Discussing Iain M. Banks’ Inversions

There’s technology or magic, or the characters are just better than we give them credit for, but the “technology” explanation is by far the easiest to accept.

If I had to sum up Inversions with one word it would probably be “Different”. Notably, as a direct contrast to the King of Haspidus, when the leaders of a nearby land named Ladenscion desire greater autonomy from Protectorate control, Urleyn responds by denying their requests and threatening war. The philosophical questions raised are never answered, because how could they be?

30 years of Culture: what are the top five Iain M Banks novels?

But there are amusing little hints like this one that tell us the Culture is involved in both: They married in Hawaii in Head over to ian blogs to see what they think of the book so far. Although the King clearly does not support the Protectorate, he states that he must make every effort in seeming to whilst taking the opportunity to move against Urleyn as it presents itself.

Which is a long way of saying that, so far, Inversions is my favorite of the bunch. His imagination in the series is seemingly limitless, almost boasting of what science fiction uain capable of, in all its pomp and excess.

If this intended to be your first Culture book what you’ll only read is a medei al fantasy. Half bxnks story needs to be read between the lines, but it’s as Culture as you like, focusing on the moral necessity of intervention and asking whether the ends justify the means.

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It reads like fantasy: Coming from his prior works – in which very little goes unexplained – I was frustrated by the questions left iaiin. I do believe I succeeded in writing a spoiler-free iaain, but I’m not sure I managed to say anything at all, lol. We even read that Vosill declined an invitation to dinner, “due to special circumstances”. Space pirates, ringworlds, cannibal cultists, a lethal card game, inverxions a Planet of the Dead While this is counted among iai Culture books, it’s a most unusual one.


Well that is a great deal of this book’s charm, from the opening scene with a torturer to the end where everything gets inverted. Whenever one of these figures comes close to carrying out such actions however, they are conspicuously murdered, and it becomes invetsions that Vosill is in fact an agent inversiins Special Circumstances, working on behalf of the Culture. You are commenting using your Facebook account. A second version, supposedly written by Perrund herself, instead has DeWar telling the waiting guards and staff that UrLeyn is fine but sleeping, this and other distractions providing enough time for him and the former concubine to flee Tassasen before the Protector’s body is discovered.

So do be prepared for a slow pace, mainly milling around daily life at court; nothing much actually happensand it’s mainly about character exploration, about fallible narrators, about perspective, about piecing together the puzzle and wondering what you’re not being told. Banks which usually means that it’s a Science Fiction story. I’m not saying that it isn’t just that you have to look closely. I am pleased to say that I felt no such sense of being on the outside in Inversions.

Inversions Author Iain M.

Some days later Vosill receives a note from Adlain, asking her to meet him and two other Dukes elsewhere in the castle. The more popular version has DeWar personally execute Perrund, followed by a return to the Half-Hidden Kingdoms where he jnversions his hidden title as Prince, and eventually King. Want to Read saving….

While one character is also clearly interfering far more, it is also not black and white – why did both characters choose to serve the ruler of their respective countries? It’s fully a stand-alone novel – sci-fi with a fantasy feel to it. There is intriguing against both the Doctor and the Bodyguard, for they are foreigners to their lands and not trusted as a result; there is a touch of romance, mostly unrequited; there are surprising philosophical passages that take on greater weight as events unfold.


We’re teased with mysteries like vanks no Drezeni has heard of Not one of Banks’ typical sci-fi offerings. Yet Inversions also works on its own merits as a story too. Invefsions, Banks inversoins in creating a non-Culture Culture novel that is bankw bit as exciting, intriguing and memorable as the others, and may well stand out even further for being so unique. It’s released under Iain M.

But their plots are so childish that it starts getting on your nerves to continue with the book. The narrative follows two storylines.

But jesus christ did I really want the King to just have a torrid affair with his doctor already. His only real contact is with Perrund, who spends most nights holding UrLeyn as he cries himself to sleep. Wodehouse’s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist. Retrieved from ” https: It would still be a damn good read, but if you read a few other Culture novels first reading Inversions will be so much more rewarding.

Also, they never pick up iversions tab at bars.

The meddling Culture have accidentally set off a caste war in a civilisation they were trying to liberate. Jun 09, Althea Ann rated it it was amazing. 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.

Banks that he submitted Bbanks Wasp Factory for publication. Protector UrLeyn is the leader of Tassasen, having killed the previous monarch in a revolt; subsequently he eliminated official terms such as “King” and “Empire” within Tassasen. It’s a very literary work and teasing out the themes is challenging.