Inversions (Culture Series #5)

Inversions (Culture Series #5)

by Iain M. Banks
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Inversions 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JRTtrj More than 1 year ago
Although just barely within the universe of The Culture in terms of artifacts and overt connections, this novel adds yet another dimension to the complex that is The Culture. Further, it does so by cleverly, effectively, and in very satisfying language by well integrating elements of the "genres" of sci-fi, fantasy and medieval romance de clef. I read it as in a tradition of love unrequited and betrayed, as well as the novel as a dialogue of opposing ideas. Inversions is the fifth Culture novel I have read, and it continues "the tradition" of no two being the same in structure or viewpoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This reads more like a fantasy(sans magic) than a science fiction tale, although SF is what it truly is. I found it to be quite engaging, and like all Banks novels it leaves one thinking. It is actually a debate as to which form of a society holds said society together while allowing, or pushing forward, progress.I found the situation he set up fascinating.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this as I do almost everything Mr. Banks writes. I think that he was very tricky because by the end (tiny spoiler) he lets the fans know that it was a 'Culture' novel in disguise. Bravo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The society in which the story is set is a vivid description of a somewhat medival land and two royal courts. This book is written from the viewpoint of a minor character telling the story of his teacher's life and that of the bodyguard to a King in a subkingdom. The characters are riviting and the hints given are enticing as the story is told from only one viewpoint. You are free to make your own conclusions and wonder at the endings given and those possible.