From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, With the Culture thus distracted by the Excession, the cruel. Excession [Iain M. Banks] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Iain M. Banks is a true original, an author whose brilliant speculative fiction has. by Joseph Michael Owens, Kyle Muntz, and Peter Tieryas Liu. Excession by Iain M. Banks Spectra, pages / Amazon /.
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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Excession by Iain M. Excession Culture 5 by Iain M. The international sensation Excession M. Banks offers readers a deeply imaginative, wittily satirical tale, proving once again that he is “a talent to be reckoned with” “Locus”. In “Excession”, the Culture’s espionage and dirty tricks section orders Diplomat Byr Gen-Hofoen to steal the soul of a long-dead starship captain.
By accepting the mission, Byr irrevocably plunges him The international sensation Iain M. By accepting the mission, Byr irrevocably plunges himself into a conspiracy: Mass Market Paperbackfxcession.
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Not ALL four, certainly.
Excession by Iain M. Banks
But I wouldn’t start the Culture series here. While technically a discrete story, it does assume a basic knowledge of the …more No. While technically a discrete story, it does assume a basic knowledge of the Culture. I want to read this in ebook form, but it appears to be unavailable. What is going on? It was apparently published in ebook format I am in the US. Kevin In the US store, it’s still not there! See all 6 questions about Excession….
Lists with This Book. Nov 21, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: This is Kinda Disappointeddo you read me? I’m another superintelligent AI entity Let’s skip the background and assume the reader knows all about the Culture universe.
So, what did you think of “Excession”? I mean, how is a human going to describe beings a trillion times smarter than he is? Can I join in? So what was your opinion? But I think he should have split it up into two or three different books. If you’re not a Mind, you’d probably find it a bit confusing. I’ll have to read it again. Give me an infinitesimal fraction of a second.
So what was it like? I guess I shouldn’t say too much about it. Well, talking of which, I have some important stuff to do that’s completely incomprehensible to carbon-based lifeforms.
She sounded kind of interesting. OK, see you in the next jumbled plot fragment! View all 64 comments. Dec 12, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: View all 12 comments. Mar 25, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: This happens to be exactly what I wanted when I wanted it. I wanted intelligent galaxy-spanning space opera with a handful of baseline humans getting caught up in an existential conundrum that the far-superior AI Ships and Main Characters had to face.
And we even get a BDO to spark an enormous intergalactic war. Of course, the BDO big dumb object is nothing of the sort. In fact, it might be smarter than all of them combined. I loved the speculation. Life, love, sex, conspir This happens to be exactly what I wanted when I wanted it. Life, love, sex, conspiracy, extremely high stakes, this novel really pretty much had it all, but I think I had the most fun chuckling over all those damn ship names.
This novel kept my attention much better than the previous novels, but honestly, I think I liked those previous ones better on the re-read than the first shot. Maybe I’m just getting used to Banks’s writing, at long last, or all my fancies were tickled in just the right measure in just the right times.
These are of a higher quality Space Opera than practically anything else out there, but it’s of a very particular sort. Out to prove that a beneficent galactic society can still have some real humdingers for stories despite the apparent lack of conflict? It’s nothing like any kind of Space Opera I’ve ever read, again. It’s pretty damn awesome. I want to continue these Culture novels like something fierce, but I have so much on my plate already.
I’ll schedule them for one a month from now on, and savour them in delight.
View all 4 comments. Oct 14, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: The Culture series is one of the most beloved among today’s sf readers, possibly the most beloved but I don’t have bankks hard figures to back it up so I’ll leave that hyperbole out for now. Certainly some entries in the series are more popular than others, based on the average ratings and online discussions The Player of Games and Use of Weapons are generally held in high regard, Inversions and Matter less so.
As for Excessionit is one of the more popular ones, top 4 I think, and I can see why. These things are never more than one click away on Goodreads after all. Apart from being a field day for BDO fans Rendezvous With Rama and whatnot this book also largely focused on The Minds, the series’ sentient AI entities which are much more bankz supercomputers, among other things they are also the real movers and shakers of The Culture society where all the humans are well catered for with everything they could possibly want, leaving little motivation to get involved in politics or anything else of real importance.
What is interesting about The Minds is that they are fully sentient, they have their individual personalities, emotions, and motivations; in other words human-like characteristics coupled with vast intelligence. So when the complex, enigmatic Minds encounter an even more inscrutable BDO which they classify as an Banka Context Problem we are in for some interesting times.
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The book is not entirely about the Minds or the “Outside Context Problem” artifact however, the author is after all a human being so he did not forget that his human readers need some human characters to identify with the human drama aspect of the book is not central to the main story line but cleverly woven in.
As usual with Banks the human characters are well developed and believable though none are particularly likable. The single alien specie to appear in this book are the boisterous and naturally cruel and callous Affronters, they are particularly interesting because they are not “evil” aliens per se, they are what they are, morality does not appear to be part of their DNA.
The prose is literate and a pleasure to read as always, the lyrical passages, the action packed scenes and the humorous moments as all exxession. The only snag with this novel for me is the large cast of characters, AIs, humans and aliens. They all have interesting names but there are so many of them it is hard to remember who all the minor characters are and their relevance to exxcession major plot of the story.
If excessino have never read any book from this series before, this is probably not the best volume to start with. I would recommend Consider Phlebas or The Player of Games instead, though if you really want to jump right in with this one you may want to read up some background materials in Wikipedia or Banks’ own guide ” A Few Notes on the Culture “. I am looking forward to eventually catching up with the rest of the series.
Excession is an excellent excedsion, well worth anybody’s time, but for the moment my favorite Culture book is still The Player of Games. This one was fun to read, that can be said: There’s also a conspiracy going on This novel concentrates on the ships, with names like “Honest Mistake”, “Killing Time”, “Not Invented Here”, “Sleeper Service” and “Grey Area” which is also excedsion as “Meatfucker” for its tendency to sometimes mess with creatures’ heads.
There’s a few Culture people, like Ulver Seich who lives a kind of Marie Antoinette life something like that Sofia Coppola film while also wanting to try adventurous things; the Affronters, playful yet sadistic problem area Culture has wrung its hands long about; the ships of course, and drones I have excession books from this series unread I haven’t read the books in orderand this does motivate me to read them sooner, I hope. May 30, Peter Tieryas rated it it was amazing.
The connection between literature and video games is one of my favorite topics. I was thrilled to get to write for Tor. I’d had some reservations about the ending and the human arc initially, but I have to admit, almost a year later, Excession has slowly crept its way up to become the Culture book that, along with Player of Games, has stuck with me the most.
This was an awesome and fun review I did with Joe Owens and Kyle Muntz about a year ago, and I’m probably going to do a follow up somewhere. I’m also finally going through Matter, and while it’s cool, I miss hearing the Culture Minds which has been one of the best parts of Excession. My thoughts to come soon.