Matter

Matter In a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders a crime within a war For one brother it means a desperate flight and a search for the one maybe two people who could clear his name For his brothe

  • Title: Matter
  • Author: Iain M. Banks
  • ISBN: 9781841494180
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war For one brother 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 sisteIn a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war For one brother 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.

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    1. The eighth book in the culture series. If you're reading this, you're familiar with the Culture, and you don't need yet another review telling you how fantastic this particular entry is. All I'll say is that it's no exception, and stands right up there with all the others.Two quotes that really stood out for me from this fantastic book:“Behave honourably and wish for a good death. He’d always dismissed it as self-serving bullshit, frankly; most of the people he’d been told were his betters [...]

    2. This is one of those horribly complicated books that is simultaneously strong and weak in the same exact areas at the same time. *groan*I mean, it starts off strongly with fantasy-type trials and tribulations in the empire, a king dying and his son being supplanted by the king's best friend, taking over the kingdom. Pretty standard but then the whole other part of this novel is chock-full of purely wonderful heavy SF ideas that isn't entirely obvious at first but then becomes an infodump masterp [...]

    3. This is a book I really wanted to like, and failed. I like Iain M. Banks style, I like his willingness to run risks, to give you the whole punch. And in this book, he barely delivers.The book are 500 pages of set-up, and forty pages of resolution, and not a very satisfying one.Too many characters doing not very interesting things in utmost detail, and then the interesting parts are just glossed over. Add wooden (and not very new in his books) characters, when part of his magic is making great in [...]

    4. [Swirling patterns. Weird, vaguely familiar, futuristic music. Is it the Doctor Who theme tune? Slowly the camera pulls back to show the title Celebrity Death Match Special: Blackadder versus The Cultureand we realize it's an unusual setting of the Blackadder song.Dissolve to ROWAN ATKINSON and HUGH LAURIE, who looks rather unhappy]ATKINSON: Is everything alright, sir?LAURIE: Oh yes, rather, absolutely spiffing, top hole, couldn't be better. Except for one little thing.The rest of this review is [...]

    5. Matter starts out with some baroque steampunk fantasia with grim political dealings that reminds me of Jack Vance, George R.R. Martin, and Mervyn Peake. Than it switches to a wide screen galactic romp and winds ups as a apocalyptic high-tech thriller with more than couple elements from Alastair Reynold’s Revelation Space. There is three pronged story moving through these stages involving three siblings. The relation between Ferbin and his servant Holse is filled with odd couple comedy like Cer [...]

    6. I'd go as far as saying that this is the 3rd best novel in the series so far, after "The Player of Games" and "Use of Weapons" in that order. I was blown away by the quality of the story, the interesting and well-developed characters, and the sheer scale of the novel. Four stars, highly recommended. but if you haven't read Culture novels before, I recommend just starting at the beginning. "Consider Phlebas" is still the weakest novel in the series, but it is the first one and sort of a rite of p [...]

    7. The 8th book in The Culture series i.e. Matter was a big let down for me, because it had pretty interesting ideas like Shell word and Nest world but Banks spends so much time exploring those ideas, and giving you info dumps regarding those ideas that the story of the book takes a back seat in the whole book. Also he uses a lot of complex names for his characters which after some time becomes quite irritating as you do not have index on audio book to remember all the characters.Some of the strong [...]

    8. 2/1/15-I really wanted to love this. It began in a very fascinating way, a revenge story that I was really looking forward to. By the end, it reminded me of Star Trek V, and unfortunately, not in a good way. Still, even with the flaws, Matter is an incredible book with incredible ideas. I'll write a full review at some point."Wisdom is silence." These Shellworlds are absolutely fascinating, especially their connection to the planets of the dead (and Consider Phlebas). Damn, am so happy to be rea [...]

    9. Where sprawling becomes a bad kind of sprawling, like, sprawling in the street after passing out from a night on the razz, only with less sodium lights and more dragon-type creatures floating around your mind, no wait, floating around your mind in a concentric kind of world within a world complete with medieval peasant types, futuristic warrior types and fey castle kingdoms, and flying dragon type things and WAR (always WAR! Yaargh!!) - but sprawling in that needy grasping way that only that som [...]

    10. Got it, read it, loved it. To be true Iain M Banks' Culture novels had always already distinguished themselves by being remarkable for having a plot, a good plot, an intelligent good plot, that is not utterly unbelievable or alien (ahem, apart from being set in the far future and in outer space etc). On that score you will not be dissappointed here either. Two, three and more plot-lines seemelessly intertwine, split, multiply and ultimately coalesce once more into a grand finale. Equally the lan [...]

    11. Rosado mp3. Round the lake.Thinking of Mr Banks and his sad news.Love the ship named 'Do Not Try This At Home'#83 TBR Busting 2013TR Consider PhlebasTR The Player3* The State of Art4* Look to Winward3' Matter4* The AlgebraistAs Iain No Em Banks3* The Wasp Factory1* The Steep Approach to Garbadale aka The Steep Descent to Garbage2* Stonemouth

    12. This book is a fractal -- no matter how you zoom in or out, the basic structure remains the same. It starts incredibly zoomed in on the three (maybe four) main characters, then proceeds to zoom out. . . and out. . . and out. . . until the story encompasses issues as large as the destruction of a world and the resurrection of a long-thought-dead alien society. But, (I think purposefully) to emphasize its fractal nature, the climax comes in an instant and then the whole story comes crashing back d [...]

    13. This novel is a wild ride. It starts off chiefly explaining the Sarl people who live in a society that reminded me of the wild west, complete with cattle rustling (weird space cattle), saloon fights, and the omnipresent question of who's gonna run the ranch (or be the king). It is one of Banks's "Culture" novels and it does quite a lot to explain more about The Culture, for a princess of the royal family of the Sarl was given to The Culture, that conglomerate of "mongrel-utopians", to act in the [...]

    14. There is an interview at the back of this book in which Banks says he was thinking of giving up writing SF but he set himself the task of creating a completely new context for a novel; The Algebraist, Banks' best novel for years resulted.With Matter Banks returns to the Culture - and that is a mistake. Every worthwhile idea relating to the Culture has been expounded multiple times already - there has been no need for a new Culture novel since Use of Weapons and the quality of them has been deter [...]

    15. Is it really the first Culture novel for seven years? Where does the time go? While 2004's The Algebraist was full of the verve and invention that we nowadays simply expect by right from Banks' science fiction, somehow the absence of the Culture also left it lacking the ideological thrill – the politics of utopia, as it were – that gives a Banks' novel its heart. Hence the cover of my preview copy simply says, 'The Culture is back. Nothing else matters.' A statement I didn't entirely disagre [...]

    16. 3.5 starsI have so many conflicting emotions about this book! Probably because, at least to me, it felt like two books: one with crazy space antics and another featuring political intrigue on a low-tech world. Usually the contrast between high- and low-tech societies is something I enjoy in books (The Dreaming Void, A Fire Upon the Deep) but I am generally not a fan of Iain Banks' more politically driven, almost-fantasy stuff: Inversions is the only Culture book I actively didn't love, for examp [...]

    17. I just completed Iain Banks' latest Culture novel 'Matter'. He is something less of a yarn spinner in this one and I was stalled at page 20 for a while, but by the time I got to page 120, I could tell it was going to be a great story.Unlike 'Phlebas' which was the second Banks book I read (after the Algebraist), Matter was a bit more predictable. The intrigue from this book comes from knowing in some detail what Culture SC operatives and their technology are capable of. So the drama builds in th [...]

    18. 4.5 starsEven pressing on into the final chapter and closing pages, I was going to originally go with a somewhat nebulous ~4+ because I couldn't decide how I felt about the book overall. There is some truly brilliant pieces of fiction at work here and Banks's concept of the shellworld Sursamen — where the vast majority of the book is set — was marvelously executed. However, as the man who introduced me to the Culture series noted (Kyle Muntz), the book sort of takes ~300 pages to get rolling [...]

    19. When people used to ask me who my favorite science fiction authors are, my answer was always "William Gibson and Neal Stephenson." I've read everything they've written, and even when the plot becomes convoluted, or the characters are not well-realized, the sheer force of imagination and excitement about the new ideas on each page always leaves me with a big smile on my face. That list is going to have to grow to three now, because Iain Banks has made me more excited as a reader of sci-fi than I' [...]

    20. Iain M. Banks is the lion of contemporary British science-fiction, and this book fully displays his craft, his style and his unbridled imagination. Like most of Banks's science fiction, it involves his utopian Culture of benevolent hyper-intelligent machines, but the story itself is that of a low-technology society being manipulated to its own destruction by advanced civilisations whose aims it finds incomprehensible -- but which may themselves be only the pawns of some ancient and malign intell [...]

    21. I love Bank's ideas - his pantropic/transhumanist far-future socialist utopian society called the Culture; the AI Minds in ships with crazy names; the baroque alien civillizations and ancient artifacts of fearsome power; the big ideas about contact between cultures of vastly different technology levels.This book seemed to be a lot more setup than necessary - a lot was familiar to anyone who'd read a Culture novel before, so I suppose useful to anyone who hadn't, but certain flights of over-descr [...]

    22. This book wasn't really impressing me until about page 300 (which would usually be unforgivable, but I've learned to trust Iain Banks by now), and then it suddenly became brilliant--the beginning was sort of a slow burn, still flawed, but segueing into some of the best setpieces I've ever seen in SF, with a strong conceptual underpinning as well. The narrative sort of blossoms out from a semi-standard story in the beginning into being one of the most interesting Culture novels. Bank's prose was [...]

    23. Come al solito un libro molto bello, scritto con uno stile accattivante di cui Banks è maestro, soprattutto riguardo la caratterizzazione dei personaggi e la creazione di scenari e mondi così vasti e alieni da togliere il fiato. Non do cinque stelle perché, come già in altre opere dell'autore (una per tutte, The Hydrogen Sonata), tutto il bellissimo affresco creato viene risolto in poche decine di pagine, come se l'editore avesse costretto Banks a "chiudere" per non sforare il numero di pagi [...]

    24. This 8th novel in the Culture series explores the Shellworlds through a somewhat enlightened (at least among the elites) medieval society called the Sarn. I'd suggest it's an average book in the series, a space opera with some interesting soft SciFi concepts.7 of 10 stars

    25. Another brilliant book in the Universe of Iain M Banks, Like all the contact series - BRILLIANT

    26. The Culture is an intergalactic mongrel civilization of species who haven't yet sublimed into pure energy and are hanging around for a few more deci-eons, undergoing cosmetic and genital alterations, backing up their consciousness on disk and such: I think I'll become a rosebush for a while. The Minds are running the show in some AI world of their own, but who knows what their motives are. "Matter" is much more about the more mundane side of things, the royal family of Sarl, (full names hard to [...]

    27. Much better than I’d expected, based on the two other Iain Banks’ scifi stories I’d read (Consider Phlebas and The Algebraist). Matter is in the "Culture" universe, as was Consider Phlebas, but the twenty-one years between the two has greatly increased Banks’ skill.Specifically, in the earlier work his explosive innovation splashed out in undisciplined and often grotesque ways. In this novel, most of that is reined in. He is still a bit to exuberant in showing off, but the effort is no l [...]

    28. Far future scifi in his Culture universe. One of those books that cross-sections a story down civilizations, from the nearly sublimed galactic empire to the tiny steam-powered local monarchy. I keep running across those types of books (Vinge, some others I'm not thinking of) and going 'meh.' This one also got a 'feh' for the 500 pages of ponderous, bloated setup, followed by a totally weaksauce punch. I can see that Banks had something here – the background texture of this universe with the sm [...]

    29. This book is an enormous achievement. Enormously complex, arguably to its detriment (as even its author admits) nevertheless, it can't be disputed that Matter is an astonishing novel. I'm loath to criticise it, because although it's long and at points heavy going I didn't feel like it needed better editing or anything like that. The narrative is unusual and unwieldy, and there simply doesn't seem to be a short way to tell it. This is the first Culture novel that I'd read, and I might have found [...]

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