Inversions is a Culture series novel by the noted British author Iain M Banks. If I had to sum up Inversions with one word it would probably be “Different”. Taking a bit of a break from Hugo stuff (but not really), today I’m talking about Iain M. Banks’ Inversions, which I’m reading along with kamo of. Inversions (Culture) [Iain M. Banks] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Iain M. Banks, the international bestselling author of The Player of.

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But there are amusing little hints like this one that tell us the Culture is involved in both: Also, they never pick up the tab at bars.

Discussing Iain M. Banks’ Inversions

We have the nice vantage point of having an increasing omniprecient perspective of what is going on since this book is listed as a Culture novel and it’s fun figuring out the specifics.

It reads like fantasy: Inversions has really just made me want to go back and re-read the other novels now. A bodyguard protects his country’s Protector. View all 38 comments. Rather than her parents locking her in the basement to be cruel, they locked her in to hide her from Imperial soldiers—high-ranking men of the former King’s regime.

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The book can be read with no thought of the Culture, and it’s meaning is intact – a story told by DeWar the bodyguard to the son of the ruler he serves hints strongly at the role of DeWar and his counterpoint – the doctor Vossil – and their opposite viewpoints on whether it is right to “be cruel to be kind”, or in other words bnaks it is acceptable to interfere with nanks in ways that “teaches a lesson” or if you should leave other civilizations to develop at their own pace.

Banks which usually means that it’s a Science Fiction story. Banks very cleverly presents a complete evolution of both Perrund’s and Urleyn’s characters, as the Protector appears at the beginning as an idealistic harbinger, who then shows signs of being prejudiced and somewhat despotic, now revealed to be a rapist and murder wearing a guise of altruism.

Inversions Author Iain M. He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence. He lives in Scotland. Still, what we read here is a brief mm into two people’s lives, and they are as rich and shocking as any other of Banks’ creations. One follows the exploits of a mysterious female doctor acting as aide and close confidante to the king of one of the major nations of the planet; the other follows the story of the bodyguard of the de facto Cromwellian despot of another as he in turn follows a philosophically different approach in his ‘influence’ of events.


None of this happens, and after a little mulling over, I have decided that I actually prefer this ambiguity and subtlety.

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Works of Iain Banks. Among other things they play out decades-long plots to topple less developed, more barbaric civilisations. Due to his constant vigil he saves the protector from two assassination attempts. Other books in the series. Show 25 25 50 All. May 14, Princessjay rated it really liked it Shelves: Neat how that worked out, isn’t it? Saving UrLeyn from the assassin was simply to prevent him from dying while he was a strong leader; instead, her orders were to ensure he died in “utter ruin”.

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On the other hand, it is revealed that the King whom the doctor serves has a very progressive attitude for the time, as he enacts reforms which take power away from the country lords and hands it over to the people, allowing them to own their own land, create city councils, and have greater independence from the tyranny of the nobility. And faith in the unknown. The fact that Inversions is so completely different from the other Culture novels, and in fact, that each Culture novel is so unique, establishes Banks as a brilliant writer.

Wodehouse’s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist. Add to that, I now find it infuriating that Banks chose to follow the Prime Directive throughout the story. Inversions tackles too many worthy ideas for a page book.

Not one of Banks’ typical sci-fi offerings. Certain writers write the same story over and over, others try to baffle the reader by doing something you don’t anticipate Finished this a while ago and I guess I’m still figuring out what I have to say about it. Our attention is frequently drawn to a battered old dagger which the doctor carries everywhere.

There are 2 separate stories taking place in different invetsions of the world, each one told in alternating chapters, but the narrator of one section tells us on the prologue they are connected although even he isn’t sure how, just that the person relating the second says they are.

These subtle hints at Urleyn’s character served to generate a growing dislike for him, a man who had such potential for greatness at the onset of the book, but frequently displays invegsions opinions and actions. Finished this a ihversions ago and I guess I’m still figuring out what I have to say about it.


Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It is a delicate double tale unlike any other he’s told. Book Details Inversions Author: Stories of loss, grief, rebirth and self-discovery are the core of the best Culture novels.

Rather than just give it all away at the end, he decided to use a tale that DeWar tells concerning two children who lived in a country far away, and who disagreed on whether an advanced society should handle primitive cultures, the girl believing in intervention, and the boy believing they should be left to their own devices. On the banis it’s not even clear to a casual reader that it is science fiction.

This makes it a good starting point for the Iain M Banks neophyte, and also the first book I recommend to non-science fiction readers curious about the genre.

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Each has plenty to teach those who will listen to them, and each has knversions mission – which may Inversions is the Culture book that trips you up – if it didn’t say A Culture Novel on the front cover, you could be forgiven for spending most of it thinking it was one of Iain M.

I wonder if there is significance? I concluded the main theme was intervention. Either that or I am a more discerning reader than everyone else. This site uses cookies. This only serves to inspire more distrust amongst her detractors, notably including a number of Dukes as well as the King’s Guard Commander, Adlain. The soldiers who raped her were not the former King’s men at all, not even men allied to UrLeyn, but the man himself, as well as his current, closest advisers.

How big do the stakes need to become in order for us to care? Izin stories tend to be the same, with point of view and a few other variables shifted around. But all of Banks’ scifi fit in this category – it is just often easy to ignore behind all the glitzy space opera and the vast vistas spanning planets and systems and involving billions of beings.

He silently refuses, lowering his sword.

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