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The Hydrogen Sonata: Culture, Book 10 | [Iain M. Banks]

The Hydrogen Sonata: Culture, Book 10

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations: They are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed....
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The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations: They are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.

Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over 9,000 years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.

©2012 Iain M. Banks (P)2012 Hachette Digital

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  • Giles
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    4/8/13
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    "Maybe not for Audio?"

    I love Iain M Banks...all his books (including the Iain Banks books). I've read loads but this doesn't quite seem to work as an Audio book. Face it, IB's universe is complicated with characters, species and scientific theories that are just a little above and beyond almost every other writer...which is why I love him.



    However, this time it was all a little too much to listen to, understand and take it all in. I have since read the book...and it is one of his best (easily 5*), but maybe not quite right for an audio book?

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