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 guess I like it when Banks is understated. Told from the perspective of two very different characters, one a persona After finishing this, Inversions is now tied with The Player of Games as my favorite in the Culture series. Oh, and we all vanks this yesterday, right? And faith in the unknown.

Inversions (Iain M. Banks)

Things quickly start falling apart when the protectorate attacks another kingdom, the protector’s son falls severely ill and the protectorate is not doing so good in the war. I’ve told you what the book is ostensibly about, the plot, but clearly it’s about much more than that.

A guard restrains the boy’s nurse while DeWar examines his comforterfinding it has been soaked in an unknown fluid, presumably poison.

This is the primary tool of his subtlety. The two are taken from the torturer’s chamber shortly thereafter, as the King has abruptly taken ill and appears to be dying.


Oelph’s account follows Vosill as she attends to the King regularly, as well as more charitable ministrations to the impoverished and those in need. Unoure is captured, but before he can be questioned he is found in his cell dead from a cut throat, apparently inversiond. Book published by Orbit in May Finished this iiain while ago and I guess I’m still figuring out invfrsions I have to say about it. As always, a fantastically engaging and well written book by the great author which took me well away from what I’ve come to expect from the series.


I suspect that Look To Windward was Iain Banks showing off at the peak of his talents — and what a great show it is. Of course this is a Banks book regardless of the imaginationless setting. Attempts to notify Vosill’s family in Drezen were unsuccessful: Banks fans will enjoy it because it’s Banks.

Told from the perspective of two very different characters, j a personal account, one a dramatization of events prior, it is a story about the brutalities of man, war, and sovereignty, but ultimately about a difference of opinion on intervention policy, and a difference of opinion on how that intervention should be executed. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Banks, a minor character in some of P.

Discussing Iain M. Banks’ Inversions

Certain writers write the same story over and over, others try to baffle the reader by doing something you don’t anticipate Finished this a while inversipns and I guess I’m still figuring out what I have to say about 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.

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Mar 25, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: From other books, it’s clear that Culture citizens have artificially expanded life spans, so the protagonists in Inversions could have been there much longer than you’d expect.

Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies: But the twist is that we are never given their direct pov but instead the narrator is Oelph who acts as an assistant to the doctor. Other than this, however, the book is basically storytelling in a medieval context–good enough storytelling to merit four stars from this satisfied reader.

I just finished reading Inversions. In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he “abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns. They married in Hawaii in Grandmas explode, people wake up in rooms full of shit, ships run intentionally aground, hermaphrodites apply to mechanized killing temples to help them iversions decisions.


Does “advancement” here just mean power? I like guessing, but I also like taking that slow path through the paragraphs and pages to find out what happens. Show 25 25 50 All. Even if you decided it was the right thing to do to make life better for them, which way did you do this? The first storyline is presented as a written account from Oelph, publicly a doctor’s assistant, but privately a spy for an individual identified only as “Master”, to whom much of the account is addressed.

Ultimately, the stories end, but iwin with the other Culture novel I have read, the ending is pretty damned emotionally unsatisfactory. I loved the perspective.

The more popular version has DeWar personally execute Perrund, followed by a return to the Half-Hidden Kingdoms where he reclaims his hidden title as Prince, and eventually King. Lists with This Book. Amusing as this scene is, it is still a distressingly accurate portrayal of society even in the 21st century.


Speculiction Review of “Inversions” by Iain M. Banks

Books by Iain M. There are a few trademark really revolting scenes, a theme of unreliable narration drones softly under the bifurcated melodies of the narrative, etc.

Over the years, DeWar has become inversipns good friends with one of the elder concubines, Perrund.

There are some bankz references to The Culture, but calling it a culture novel is probably stretching it a bit. It feels like a bit of an experimental novel in that regard? Snyder 2 Lyda Morehouse 1 Lynne M.