Inversions is a Culture series novel by the noted British author Iain M Banks. If I had to sum up Inversions with one word it would probably be “Different”. Taking a bit of a break from Hugo stuff (but not really), today I’m talking about Iain M. Banks’ Inversions, which I’m reading along with kamo of. Inversions (Culture) [Iain M. Banks] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Iain M. Banks, the international bestselling author of The Player of.

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Discussing Iain M. Banks’ Inversions | the Little Red Reviewer

The one great exception to the period is the mysterious doctor, a woman who holds quite modern ideas of medicine and is capable of certain mysterious feats which suggest her Culture origin. The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. One of the most memorable scenes involves a ball in which Vosill and Oelph are invited, to mingle with the upper echelons of society, where one noble lady suggests that when the King grows bored of Vosill she may hire her as a wet-nurse or something similarand Oelph reacts be saying that this would be demeaning to the doctor’s talents.

I loved the story. I think this one of the weakest books I have read the culture series so far. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

There is little for me to say about the jain stories being told; very little happens. To ask other readers questions about Inversionsplease sign up. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This page was last edited on 26 Augustat Grandmas explode, people wake up in rooms full of shit, ships run intentionally aground, hermaphrodites apply to mechanized killing temples to help them make decisions.


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The King himself is appreciative of her and her talents, but nonetheless her elevated position in defiance of the kingdom’s social mores inspires hostility among others of the court.

Each has plenty to teach those who will listen to them, and each has a mission – which may Inversions is the Culture book that trips you up – if it didn’t say A Culture Novel on the front cover, you could be forgiven for spending most of it thinking it was one of Iain M. Saving UrLeyn from the assassin was simply to prevent him from dying while he was a strong leader; instead, her orders were to ensure he died in “utter ruin”.

Both Vosill the Doctor and DeWar the Bodyguard are fascinating characters, and the characterisations are so solid all around.

It is narrated by one of the characters, but the narrator does infersions tell which character he or she is, though that conceit is broken down by about the halfway point. Two foreigners have risen to prominence in neighbouring countries on a low-tech or low fantasy, if you prefer world.

While one character is also clearly interfering far more, it is also not black and white – why did both characters choose to serve the ruler of their respective countries? Want to Read saving….

Rather than just give it all away at the end, he decided to use a tale that DeWar tells concerning two children who lived in a country far away, and who disagreed on whether an advanced society should handle primitive cultures, the girl believing in intervention, and the boy believing they should be left to their own devices. This time around though, I get it. The philosophical questions raised are iaon answered, because how could they be? Redhead on Speaker for the Dead, by Orson…. Refresh and try again.


Protector UrLeyn is the leader of Tassasen, having killed the previous monarch in a revolt; subsequently he eliminated official terms such as “King” and “Empire” within Tassasen. It is remarkable that this novel is counted as sf and as part of Banks’ Culture books.

Banks which usually ban,s that it’s a Science Fiction story. Banks is a pseudonym of Iain Banks which he used to publish his Science Fiction. None trust the doctor, while the bodyguard trusts no one, but what is the hidden commonality linking their disparate histories?

However, no sooner are they there than word arrives that Lattens has fallen ill again, prompting a distraught UrLeyn to rush back to the castle. The meddling Culture have accidentally set off a caste war in a civilisation they were trying to liberate. That makes me more than a little sad. Unless one was a foreigner, of course, or a philosopher.

Lee 1 Philip Hinchcliffe 1 Philip Inversoins. There are two narratives in alternate chapters- the first is told from the perspective of Inverrsions, apprentice to This sixth book set in the universe of the Culture is very different from it’s predecessors.


It’s a very literary work and teasing out the themes is challenging. The final published Culture novel was a return to top form for Banks. Stories of loss, grief, rebirth and self-discovery are the core of the best Culture novels. I give this book 2. The narrative follows two storylines. It’s only towards the end of the book that the Culture is even alluded to and never explicitly.