Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. The hunt for identity A masterful narrator performance and curious story. And Bascule the Teller, in search of an ant, is about to enter the chaos of the crypt. I may or may not read more books by Banks. The author writes both regular fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction under the name Iain M. All of the incredible robotic menace of the Matrix or Terminator genres is tossed on its head by the super-artificial intelligences that provide for the needs of every citizen.
In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. Not to worry, all is accounted for, and Banks even gives the grand conflict an anti-climatic finality in an appendix loaded with philosophical viewpoints and staggering statistics. And not a four-star book that I'm being stingy with. Some of the scenes in the book are reflective of the extremities of behaviour which might be expected by extrapolating extreme character traits over immense populations, and I must confess I found them a bit strong - but they do contribute to the depth of characterisation and the sense of urgency in the story line. Banks's seminal science fiction series, The Culture.
This is my first Iain M Banks novel. However, what makes this a truly great book is that it is a self-contained story with real characters whose lives hang in the balace from page to page until the very end. The story is linear and self-contained with a good ending. Naturally the Culture is also trying to recover this machine, and sends an agent who inevitably clashes with Horza. Peter Kenny was an absolutely fantastic reader. Granted, this was one of his first books, written nearly 40 years ago, but it's not that the technology is dated.
Over the course of the story, as Horza's adventures carry him across the galaxy and throw him in diverse, highly entertaining, and usually dangerous situations, Banks constantly reminds you of the greater war going on and how every little predicament is a representative feature of the Culture-Idiran conflict. I read another book of his which is very good. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason. Winner of the Arthur C. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. Haimey Dz thinks she knows what she wants.
Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. The characters were interesting, it just took me a while to get going at the beginning. He is a truly natural story teller, and his writing has great fluidity and reality whether the location is Glasgow or Schars World. There are those who fear it. I just couldn't find any interest in the characters or the universe Banks has created.
One of these Minds is lost at the beginning of the story. It's a bit dry and sort of drags on. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. Not too bad but it is saved from mediocrity by the excellent narration. The novel works on many levels - as a story line, as a set of believable characters, and as a created world of its own.
While it is easy to lose yourself in Horza's view, it is when you detach yourself from the narrative, that his character flaws and the truth behind his motivation appears to be uncovered. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. I enjoyed the characters, pacing, and language. This is the first book in Banks' Culture series and is a must to read or listen to should you be interested into being initiated into his universe where man and machine have become equals in the sphere of existence. He did take adequate pauses when it was necessary.
Horsa chooses against artificial life, just to. The war raged across the galaxy. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M.