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Inversions: Culture Series, Book 6 | [Iain M. Banks]

Inversions: Culture Series, Book 6

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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  • Mark
    Banchory, United Kingdom
    6/12/13
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    Barnet, United Kingdom
    5/12/14
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Valencia, Spain
    6/21/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy
    BRACKNELL, United Kingdom
    5/9/14
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    "Not Sci Fi or culture"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    That it's more than 1% Sci Fi/Culture


    Has Inversions put you off other books in this genre?

    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)


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favourite?

    n/a


    Was Inversions worth the listening time?

    Yes ... but only if you like court-intrigue romances set in the Middle Ages


    Any additional comments?

    Re-classify this as historic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Aston Clinton, United Kingdom
    2/3/14
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    "What Happened Iain?"
    What did you like best about Inversions? What did you like least?

    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!


    What will your next listen be?

    Next in the series - I think I'll just put this one down as a blip. I hope so...


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    N/A


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Somewhere where I could be comfortable when I fell asleep!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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