Matter - Culture (Paperback)
  • Matter - Culture (Paperback)

Matter - Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 656 Pages / Published: 05/02/2009
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The eighth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction.

In a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.

Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has 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. 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.

Praise for the Culture series:

'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday

'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future'

'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention'

'Compulsive reading'
Sunday Telegraph

The Culture series:
Consider Phlebas
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Look to Windward
Surface Detail
The Hydrogen Sonata

Other books by Iain M. Banks:
Against a Dark Background
Feersum Endjinn
The Algebraist

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781841494197
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 45 mm

You can always expect the unexpected with an Iain M. Banks novel. So sit back and enjoy a tale with more than a twist or three in Matter. For a start, it's a rattling good story: a man accused of something he didn't do. Lots of action, lots of mind-boggling imaginative thought in this excellent piece of SF, read by Toby Longworth * Daily Express *
You can, if you must, draw clever comparisons between the conflicts in Matter and what's happening in Iraq. Or you can just sit back and listen to Toby Longworth's tongue-in-cheek reading of a very funny book * The Guardian *
Widescreen, baroque science fiction . . . Another fine addition to Banks's Culture series * Guardian *
There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness * The Times *

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This is one of the best Banks books I've read for a long time. A real return to form.

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“Yet Another Space Opera Written to Please”

With a vast assortment of science-fiction novels under his belt, Iain M. Banks knows how to write well. What is even more pleasing to know is that he is yet to have written a single bad novel.
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“Banks at his best”

A marvellous, expansive novel from a master of the art. Perhaps his best sci-fi novel, Iain M Banks has written a book of boundless and vivid imagination yet grounded in an almost medieval setting with good... More

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