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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None of this happens, and after a little mulling over, I have decided that I actually prefer this ambiguity and subtlety.

I am pleased to say that I felt no such sense of being on the outside in Inversions. Jehane and Vosill should go share a drink in a bar bankz.

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Science fiction books blogposts. It would initially seem that the Protector is the more progressive of the book’s two rulers, disposing of titles such as King, Emperor etc. Inversions is Banks’ most obvious work of social science fiction taken to the extreme, reminiscent in some ways of Ursula K. Inversions Culture 6 by Iain M.

Commander Adlain and Dukes Quettil and Ulresile. Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication. The two elude capture and arrive in the Half-Hidden Kingdoms, eventually marry, have several children, and die many years later in an avalanche in the mountains.

Aug 29, Ethan rated it it was amazing.


Told from the perspective of two invesions different characters, one a persona After finishing this, Inversions is now ingersions with The Player of Games as my favorite in the Culture series. Because she is held in such high regard by the King, Vosill has many enemies in the Court, and as Oelph narrates the events of the story, a conspiracy is in inersions dukes, high ranking officials, and other characters plot to dispose of her.

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It is evident that Vosill and DeWar are these two alien friends, now no longer in contact with each other, who have both come to the medieval planet and are independently iajn to do the “right thing” in their own differing ways, with Vosill being active and DeWar reactive.

The narrator is a man named Oelph, appearing to be the doctor’s assistant, but giving every indication that he is actually a spy for some unknown character referred to as Master. Apologies that this sounds plot heavy, Banks is one of those writers who puts so much subtext in that there is about nine novels jammed into the 12 chapters that I read.

Inversions is a science fiction novel by Scottish writer Iain M. The chapters titled “The Doctor” are narrated inverslons Oelph, assistant to a king’s doctor, Doctor Vorsill she annoys the nobles of the kingdom both for being a foreigner and a woman.

Seven would be short-story collection The State of the Art, which contains only brief glimpses of the Culture.

She notices this… right?? Whenever one of these figures comes close to carrying out such actions however, they are conspicuously murdered, and it becomes obvious that Vosill is in fact an agent of Special Circumstances, working on behalf of the Culture.

Some of the books here I got from the library. As I mentioned above, it becomes clear who the narrator is in these stories about halfway through, but Banks handles that gracefully, not with a big reveal, but by slowly letting the mask the he or she is wearing at first slip away, almost as if unconsciously.

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. Head over to their blogs to see what they think of the book so far.

Blaylock 1 James S. It’s released under Iain M. But first some old scores must be settled. The two narratives show how two people intervene in their ruler and the way they rule the kingdom.

They both live in the same medieval type world, but serve different masters, in different empires, in different capacities I guess that their titles kind of gave that one away.


The fact that the characters who seek to do Vosill harm are all killed leads one to the assumption that, although never actually appearing in the course of the novel, Vosill is accompanied on her mission by some sort of Culture device which is able to provide aid and protection as required.

Due to his constant vigil he saves the protector from two assassination attempts.

Iversions than this, however, the book is basically storytelling in a medieval context–good enough storytelling to merit four stars from this satisfied reader. The book is set on an unknown planet which is ostensibly similar to medieval Earth with various kingdoms and no technology. There are 2 separate stories taking place in different parts of the world, each one told in alternating chapters, but the narrator of one section tells us on the prologue they I loved this so much.

I think it was my expectations jarring me out of the book rather than the quality of the writing. Inversions although being a culture book is quite different from its predecessors because the book is setup in a medieval background, and throughout the book the culture lurks in the shadow. It’s fully a stand-alone novel – sci-fi with a fantasy feel to it.

Inversions Author Iain M. DeWar enlists Perrund’s help in focusing UrLeyn on the war, but to no success. The book keeps building to an exciting end, but the although the twist in the story is quite unexpected but leaves you quite unsatisfied with the end.

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