In the winter palace, the King's new physician has more enemies than she at first realises. But then she also has more remedies to hand than those who wish her ill can know about. In another palace across the mountains, in the service of the regicidal Protector General, the chief bodyguard, too, has his enemies. But his enemies strike more swiftly, and his means of combating them are more traditional.
Spiralling round a central core of secrecy, deceit, love, and betrayal, Inversions is a spectacular work of science fiction, brilliantly told and wildly imaginative, from an author who has set genre fiction alight.
©1998 Iain M. Banks (P)2013 Hachette Digital
"A fantastic, awe-inspiring book ... I can't imagine anyone not being won over by this deeply entertaining, thought-provoking and humane story" (Express)
"Taut, hilarious and wicked" (Mail on Sunday)
"Compulsive Banksian reading ... thoughtful, intelligently bloody stuff" (SFX)
"Captivating ... incisive ... as sublime as ever" (Time Out)
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"Not exactly SciFi, a view from outside The Culture"
Although not a Culture book as such, being set in a medieval world of wars and scheming factions, it follows the lives of two people: The Doctor, and The Bodyguard. Written from the point of view of someone from this medieval planet, we are never sure where these people come from, but the way they act and the events that ensue, you are left with the feeling that they are an example of The Culture interacting with a less advanced race.
"A very good story, well read."
This is a very nice story that is well read. Despite recording a lot of books Peter Kenny seems to have actullaly read the script before reading. He has a good range of voices and speaks with emotion.
The story is typical Iain M Banks perfection and shows full time fantasy writers how it should be done.
"Banks - we have lost your wonderful imagination"
He died this week - been dreading it for a couple of months - no more Banks!
Inversions is a pleasant and relaxing listen and is pretty well read by Kenny, sorry this review is rubbish, because Banks can do no wrong.
So the characters are interesting and it is imaginative and sufficiently paced to keep the attention. An award winning story or pair of stories, but I think he has done better.
Banks is a hero of my generation!
Do you think he could have arranged for someone to 'channel' more stories form the other side? Just joking!
"Not very culture"
Not the usual type of culture novel, being told from the point of view of the contacted, so no minds or drones or ridiculous tech involved
A solid tale nonetheless
"Do gods walk among us?"
I really liked the experience evoked in this book of being subjected to the Culture's influence.
I think this book and the whole Culture series bares positive comparison with Azimov's Foundation. Iain Bank's presents us with a richer and more elaborate universe.
I actually liked the scenes of blatant sexism and prejudice. They were comical and some might think a bit extreme. Literature of this kind can hold a mirror to us and if we don't like what is reflected then we know we need to do something. Sometimes seeing the extremes is the challenge we need to prevent it happening.
Once again Peter Kenny presents this book with outstanding skill.
"Well crafted and well read"
You need to have read the earlier books to understand what Is going on. The narration is very good, with good voices for the characters. The story unfolds from a different perspective to most sci fi.
"Not Sci Fi or culture"
That it's more than 1% Sci Fi/Culture
No. But I wonder why it's called sci fi. 99% of it is a middle ages court intrigue (with, in total, a page and a half of sci fi/Culture)
Yes ... but only if you like court-intrigue romances set in the Middle Ages
Re-classify this as historic!
"What Happened Iain?"
This book simply doesn't fit in the culture series. It would fit just fine into the game of thrones. Unfortunately this means that it is DULL!
Next in the series - I think I'll just put this one down as a blip. I hope so...
Somewhere where I could be comfortable when I fell asleep!
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