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Surface Detail (Culture Series #8)
     

Surface Detail (Culture Series #8)

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by Iain M. Banks
 

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It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.
It begins with a murder.And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

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

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Surface Detail 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
r0b0t1c More than 1 year ago
Iain M. Banks remains on top of his game. One of the greatest aspects of the Culture series is they can stand alone from one another so there is no right or wrong way to jump into the series; but they also relate to each other to give extra special detail to make the reading experience that much more rich and rewarding. Surface Detail incorporates many if not all aspects of the Cultures technological superiority in clear, defined, and more importantly understand ways. The story and character development are steady and ensure the reader stays connected with a world that is unequivocally more complex than our own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Banks makes ordinarily good writing look like hack work. His hard sci fi is unparalelled. This books exploration of what virtual realitys will soon do to the very idea of what is real offers readers a head start in meeting what seems to be coming. More though, its a great (if sometimes grim) read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creepy at first, but fun installment inthe culture series. Has a few too many characters towards the end, but does tie up. Definitely worth reading if you're a culture fan. If you're new to Iain M Banks then go read the culture novels in order.
rik_warren More than 1 year ago
Banks is not easy. The plot lines are not linear, the vocabulary is worthy of a highlighter and the concepts are difficult and wondrous. I have read ad reread all the Culture Series and many others and this is the finest science fiction novel I have ever read. Remarkable characters, man and machine, with a coin toss which are the most memorable. Not always pleasant they are funny, involving and fully create an alternate world. Iain Banks died in 2013 and with sadness I look to book stores for his latest and grieve.
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