Feersum Endjinnby Iain M. Banks
Count Alandre Sessine VII has already died seven times. He has only one life left - one last chance to catch his killer. His only clues point to a conspiracy beyond his own murder. For a catastrophe is fast approaching the earth from which there is no escape - until a loophole through apocalypse is discovered. And a chosen few will do anything to keep it a secret.
Count Alandre Sessine VII has already died seven times. He has only one life left - one last chance to catch his killer. His only clues point to a conspiracy beyond his own murder. For a catastrophe is fast approaching the earth from which there is no escape - until a loophole through apocalypse is discovered. And a chosen few will do anything to keep it a secret. Someone has betrayed Sessine, killed him before he could uncover the truth. Now he has three days before his funeral to live the way men used to live: restricted to one life where one mistake could be his last. Suddenly he finds himself an outlaw, a fugitive, a desperado. And his only hope of survival is finding others like himself. Others who hold a piece of the puzzle to an enigmatic weapon of salvation and chaos...
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The first Iain Banks novel I read was "The Wasp Factory" - a fantastic book, if somewhat outside of my normal taste range. After a friend recommended "Player of Games", however, I was totally hooked on Banks (and specifically the Culture series). I picked up Feersum Endjinn thinking it was a Culture book - and it seems like it certainly could be in that universe, or a parallel one, although told from the perspective of a definitely non-Culture civilization. In any case - a phenomenal book, tremendous fun - post-collapse remnants of a highly civilized world exploring the detritus left behind by those who escaped. What makes this stand out is the use of language; Banks uses familiar words in more or less standard order, but with completely aberrant spellings - I often had to repeat the phrase "out loud" in my head to get the gist of it. I spent as much time enjoying the language as I did enjoying the plot. If you like Banks, you'll love "Feersum Endjinn"!
The multiple domains occupying Banks' world here are all well-detailed and very interesting, full of truly original motivations and principles. But too much of the furniture of this world (some of it virtual, yet inhabited by anthropomorphic birds... some of it physical, and thousands of feet tall... Why?) hints at mysteries that are not part of the plot or of interest to any of the characters. The resolution attained in this book does not hook in enough of the world to make sense of the whole span. So I felt kind of teased and left dry. His talent and imagination are obviously great, and I am seeking out his later books, hoping they are better plotted.