The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture Series #9)

The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture Series #9)

by Iain M. Banks
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The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture Series #9) by Iain M. Banks

The New York Times bestselling Culture novel...
The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.

An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.

Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago.

It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316212380
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Series: Culture Series , #9
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 51,070
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Iain Banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He is now widely acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation.

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The Hydrogen Sonata 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those not familiar with Ian Banks, he has a very fertile imagination. This book is no exception. It revolves around the transcendence of a sister civilization to the Culture, and the minor (at least in Galactic terms)mayhem that ensues after an even older civilization attempts to send a message to them. As with the other books, whether Culture or not, written by Mr. Banks; this often reads like a madcap travelogue with a dizzying caste of characters. I would advise those who worry about language that Banks can often be rather vulgar, although not exceptionally so. It is not necessary to have read any of the prior books to enjoy this one. Prior history is often referenced, but doesn't detract from the plotline. While this is not the best of his works it's quite good. Sadly, it's likely the last we'll see, barring some as yet unpublished work, as Mr. Banks died earlier this year(2013).
JWMSales More than 1 year ago
Can't get enough Culture. Good read.
Micahmay76 More than 1 year ago
Good book but nothing really made an impression on me.  I did not realize this was part of a series of books, so some things may have been lost on me.  
GinSterMS More than 1 year ago
Another interesting and thought provoking journey through the Culture universe. It was hard to put down. Highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't realize when I bought this that it was #9 in the series. It's pretty much a stand alone novel anyway. One of the best I've read in years, I must say. Even without the history of the prior stories, it was well laid out and the characters fully fleshed. Entertaining and exciting from start to finish. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the prose extremely hard to read. The paragraph length run-on sentences were frustrating and the use of hypens where a colon or semi-colon should be made it difficult to follow. I couldnt endure it past page 75.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plot, with great characters. Just the names of some of tye characters and speculation by them as they try to un-ravel just whats going on is great.
DomSaxum More than 1 year ago
Character, plot and SiFi-world development, language use, use of the maxim "don't tell; show" all are outstanding. For anyone who enjoys SiFi - or good story telling - this is a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good addition to the Culture universe.Not the greatest Culture novel,earlier books are better,but I thought it was still worth buying the hardcover copy than waiting for the paperback.
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jrwopat More than 1 year ago
Book was in perfect condition and fully met all expectations. Service couldn't have been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fuffs at him and runs around him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Or second."
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They run back and rush to Flight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We'll move soon. Dont worry.
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We are movimg to gallade all results.
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No we wont!!!!!
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Whydid u chose the book