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Surface Detail: A Culture Novel

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Publisher's Summary

It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. And it begins with a murder.

Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right, she will need the help of the Culture.

Benevolent, enlightened and almost infinitely resourceful though it may be, the Culture can only do so much for any individual. With the assistance of one of its most powerful - and arguably deranged - warships, Lededje finds herself heading into a combat zone not even sure which side the Culture is really on. A war - brutal, far-reaching - is already raging within the digital realms that store the souls of the dead, and it's about to erupt into reality.

©2010 Iain M. Banks (P)2010 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Banks's labyrinthine and devious ninth Culture space opera novel adeptly shifts perspective between vast concepts and individual passions....New readers may be taken aback by the rapid pace, but fans will dive right in and won't come up for air until the final page." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Carl 07-07-17
    Carl 07-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Always makes me consider WoW and its future"

    Not my favourite Culture story, but usually the first one I recomend to friends (Player of Games, no defence for my choice) as it plays well as an intro to Culture, then supllies significant reread value once theyve absorbed the rest of his work, plus a Zakalwe tease to give it another perspective on read 3.

    Banks' "Easy read" for me. An audio book im happy pick up and listen to from any point

    Considering it after a re-read in 2017, i cant believe this isnt multiply explored in LitRPG. many Veppers like companies and characters spatter the genre, but no literal vrmmo hells from fundamentalists.

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    Garrett S. Ott Boston 04-06-17
    Garrett S. Ott Boston 04-06-17
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    "The Culture!"

    One of the best of the Culture series. Iain Banks is the master of epic sci if and Peter Kenny is one of the absolute best narrators. The combo is pure entertainment.

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    BK 03-29-17
    BK 03-29-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant"

    No coincidence Elon Musk uses names and terminology from Banks' books. This is great scifi and futurism.

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    John Seymour, CT, United States 03-25-17
    John Seymour, CT, United States 03-25-17 Member Since 2011
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    "First Culture Book I've read."

    Iain M. Banks gets amazing reviews for all of his books. I listened to this book as a member of a sci-fi book club. This was the first book on our list, and the first Banks book I've read. In short, I detested it. It was painful torture to get through. Although his writing is actually quite good, I found the content achingly dull. There are some very interesting ideas buried within acres of utterly indecipherable technobabble. I liked the AI spaceships, and find the concepts of virtual heaven and hell to be inventive and clever. I did not care for the discussion of torture, or the chaotic nature of this story. Had I not been in the book club, I would not have finished this book. I'm sure fans of Banks have their reasons, but having listened to this book, I have less than zero desire to experience anything else he has to offer.

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    Shelly K. Pope 03-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb all around"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is top-notch and the performance is a perfect match for it. Just superb. I listened to it twice and will come back for more.

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    Anders 12-22-16
    Anders 12-22-16
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    "Great Story"

    It's not the first culture book you should listen to, but certainly a good one!

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    dbernelle 08-16-16
    dbernelle 08-16-16
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    "Mr. Peter Kenny transforms another of Mr. Iain M. Banks' Culture novels into an excellent audio play again!"

    Mr. Peter Kenny brings Iain M. Banks to life once more. Having read this book & now listened to this book (as I have so many other books by the late Mr. Banks), I find only two regrets: 1) Mr. Banks' Culture Series has finite novels which tell, I fancy, of the eventual future of humankind and 2, the limited narrations available of Mr. Banks' Culture Series books by Mr. Peter Kenny.

    May I have another Mr. Kenny? May I have another?

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    Deborah Entwistle 08-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent narration"

    Very enjoyable culture novel, makes me want to re-read all of the others. The narrator was fantastic, his many different voices and accents were brilliant.

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    Chris Andrew Marshall 08-09-16
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    "Thank you Mr Banks and Mr Kenny"

    Another master work from Iain M Banks. Nobody writes a space opera quite like him. A tour de force for Peter Kenny. Kenny voice and accent performance adds layers upon layers to the story.

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    Fishy 06-13-16
    Fishy 06-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Another M Banks triumph!"

    just complex enough to keep me interested, Iain spins another spectacular tale exploring motivations and personality.

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