Only the sister is not what she once was. Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilisations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity, and her particular set of abilities, might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.
©2008 Iain M. Banks; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
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"multiple world saga"
I have not read any of this authors books previously, so I approached with caution. It starts slowly and for about the first 20 minutes I was unsure if I would complete it, however once you have the characters placed in the correct "worlds" it becomes one of those stories that you just have to get to the end of. The character names are not always easy to remember and some of them are very similar, concentrate! Not a bedtime book but a very good tale.
A terrible book!! Just getting started when it finished!! Is this what 'abridged' means ?
"An abridged version"
No where does it say this in the details and I didn't know this till the end 'titles' which mentioned this.
In fact the word murdered or obliterated fits what has happened here better!
I have loved the 2 Culture books I read before this and Matter felt very different, hurried and like I was missing parts of the story. I was, I was missing 12 hours of the story.
Avoid this version, get the full version!
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