Iain M Banks Use Of Weapons
I'm looking back over what I've read since I was last on BGO, and trying to pick out the memorable ones - and this is one of them.
This is the first Iain M Banks novel I've read, bought on a whim in a second hand book shop. He's an author I've been meaning to read for a while.
I enjoyed this book so much. I love this type of sci-fi, that takes an interesting premise and builds a whole complex society onto it, rather than just telling ordinary stories but with more gadgets and gizmos. Yet it wasn't just about the ideas, the characters were engaging and the stories were worth telling in their own right. The idea of a culture so advanced and mature that everyone has everything they need, and unlimited leisure time - it's an interesting concept.
It made me really eager to go back and read the first Culture novel, and then to go on and find some more to read.
I'm also interested to know how Mr Banks's writing style transfers over into his non-genre fiction. How do the two relate? Has anyone read both his types of books? Are they recognisably by the same person, or do the differences in genre disguise that?
Anyone else read this? Or would like to recommend another by the same author?
Here's the blurb from amazon:
The review makes it sound a bit 'heavy' and the blurb on the jacket does also - it isn't, its great fun, there are lots of laugh out loud moments, the aliens he imagines are brilliant, weird, incredible. It starts out mainly weird and wonderful and then turns into a bit of a page-turner, to be honest I was happy with just weird and wonderful and the book doesn't need as much happening to be good as far as I'm concerned, but still, absolutely loved it, would recommend to anyone who likes sci-fi.
It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year.
The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars.
Seconded to a military-religious order he’s barely heard of – part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony – Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer – a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he’s ever known.
As complex, turbulent, flamboyant and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, the new science fiction novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.
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