[[ BOOKS ]] ✭ Surface Detail (Culture, #9) Author Iain M. Banks – Bassgrotto.co.uk

Surface Detail (Culture, #9) It Begins In The Realm Of The Real, Where Matter Still Matters.It Begins With A Murder.And It Will Not End Until The Culture Has Gone To War With Death Itself.Lededje Y Breq Is One Of The Intagliated, Her Marked Body Bearing Witness To A Family Shame, Her Life Belonging To A Man Whose Lust For Power Is Without Limit Prepared To Risk Everything For Her Freedom, Her Release When It Comes Is At A Price, And To Put Things Right She Will Need The Help Of The Culture.Benevolent, Enlightened And Almost Infinitely Resourceful Though It May Be, The Culture Can Only Do So Much For Any Individual With The Assistance Of One Of Its Most Powerful And Arguably Deranged Warships, Lededje Finds Herself Heading Into A Combat Zone Not Even Sure Which Side The Culture Is Really On A War Brutal, Far Reaching Is Already Raging Within The Digital Realms That Store The Souls Of The Dead, And It S About To Erupt Into Reality.It Started In The Realm Of The Real And That Is Where It Will End It Will Touch Countless Lives And Affect Entire Civilizations, But At The Center Of It All Is A Young Woman Whose Need For Revenge Masks Another Motive Altogether.


10 thoughts on “Surface Detail (Culture, #9)

  1. says:

    A war in hell, for the fate of hell What Is this a Culture novel, one of huge Space Operatic dimensions, Ship Mega Minds, nearly ascendant alien cultures and encroaching afterlifes Wait Afterlife Sure Virtual hells made for elephantine aliens with enormous virtual wars to take up their attention so it doesn t have to spill over into the real.It s civilized, don t you know Of course, you can t say that for the people being TORTURED FOR ETERNITY within them sigh This one happens to be my abs A war in hell, for the fate of hell What Is this a Culture novel, one of huge Space Operatic dimensions, Ship Mega Minds, nearly ascendant alien cultures and encroaching afterlifes Wait Afterlife Sure Virtual hells made for elephantine aliens with enormous virtual wars to take up their attention so it doesn t have to spill over into the real.It s civilized, don t you know Of course, you can t...


  2. says:

    I was surprised to find that this book presents an almost perfect example of a philosophical problem that s been bothering me recently, to the extent that I even wrote a short paper about it Briefly, and without giving away any spoilers, the core thread in Surface Detail is about the ethics of inflicting pain, or what looks like pain, on simulated beings The conceit is that many societies in the Iain Banks Culture universe have traditions of an afterlife which resembles our idea of Hell The I was surprised...


  3. says:

    Iain M Banks was taken away from us too soon He was a genius of prose, structure, characterization and all kinds of SFnal ideas by all accounts his mainstream fiction published under the name of Iain Banks with no M is also so great.Reading Iain M Banks ischallenging than most sci fi authors though, his novel s structure and plotline are often very complex, byzantine even but the reader s effort is always rewarded With Surface Detail Banks takes about 70 pages to set up the pie Iain M Banks was taken away from us too soon He was a genius of prose, structure, characterization and all kinds of SFnal ideas by all accounts his mainstream fiction published under the name of Iain Banks with no M is also so great.Reading Iain M Banks ischallenging than most sc...


  4. says:

    How do I love thee, Culture universe Let me count the ways by playing Culture bingo Awesome tech checkFor starters, we have the standard fare of neural laces, AIs, drug glands, etc etc, everything that makes the Culture a level 8 civ Today s main course is a Bulbitian, an ancient ship and a talking singularity For desert, have a virtual Hell Oh my.Cool aliens sorta checkA clear majority of pan hum...


  5. says:

    Well, it was better than Matter But to me at least, Banks flaws are really beginning to start to irritate.Banks seems completely unwilling to let anything actually challenge his precious Culture The typical story arc is to develop some sort of nominally galaxy threatening challenge to the Culture, which, near the end of the book, he ll reveal to be pathetically overmatched by the most trivial exercise of Culture might which arrives to aid the protagonist in all of its omnipotent dues ex ma Well, it was better than Matter But to me at least, Banks flaws are really beginning to start to irritate.Banks seems completely unwilling to let anything actually challenge his precious Culture The typical story arc is to develop some sort of nominally galaxy threatening challenge to the Culture, which, near the end of the book, he ll reveal to be pathetically overmatched by the most trivial exercise of Culture might which arrives to aid the prota...


  6. says:

    Banks is one of my all time favourites, but had put out some disappointments recently Algebraist and Matter were just plain no good Some of the straight fiction stuff had also been really below par, but he s put out Transitions and now this and I m ready to say all is forgiven There are some cookie cutter chapters, where you think that he s repeating scenes and characters and just varying the outlandish architecture hunt scene cruel game unusual dinner and pretending that it s something el Banks is one of my all time favourites, but had put out some disappointments recently Algebraist and Matter were just plain no good Some of the straight...


  7. says:

    When one rates an audiobook, is one rating the quality of the underlying written work, the quality of the audio version, or both I suppose I ll just clarify that my five star rating applies to both in this case.Surface Detail is the latest of the Culture Novels from Iain M Banks The wait for this one was worth it I think I m ready to say that Use of Weapons has finally been supplanted as the best of the Culture books.I ll write a proper review of Surface Detail, the book, after I ve read the When one rates an audiobook, is one rating the quality of the underlying written work, the qu...


  8. says:

    First things first does anyone else picture Demeisen as David Tennant Gaunt, gangling, fast talking, humorous, with a tendency to switch within moments from cheerful to scarily intense, and with a jaunty enthusiasm for sharing viewpoints thatuhhave a tendency to fall outside the usual moral constraints Every time Demeisen talked, I heard David Tennant.Now the actual plot Surface Detail centers around the concept of afterlives, and hell well, hells in particular Many civilized cul First things first does anyone else picture Demeisen as David Tennant Gaunt, gangling, fast talking, humorous, with a tendency to switch within moments from cheerful to scarily intense, and with a jaunty enthusiasm for sharing viewpoints thatuhhave a tendency to fall outside the usual moral constraints Every...


  9. says:

    It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.Iain M Banksov Culture serijal me je odu evio ve od prvog romana Consider Phlebas Uvijek mi je trebalo malo da u em u svaki roman, ali to sam dalje otkrivao Culture svijet mi je bio sve zanimljiviji, a Culture civilizacija mi je postala omiljena utopija Vjerovatno je i jedina koja bi i mogla opstati jer u njoj ljudi nisu bitan faktor pa ni ne mogu dovesti do korupcije sistema i njegovog pada.Culture civilizacijom vladaju MindIt begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.Iain M Banksov Culture serijal me je odu evio ve od prvog romana Consider Phlebas Uvijek mi je trebalo malo da u em u svaki roman, ali to sam dalje otkrivao Culture svijet mi je bio sve zanimljiviji, a Culture civilizacija mi je postala omiljena utopija Vjerovatno je i jedina koja bi i mogla opstati jer u njoj ljudi nisu bitan faktor pa ni ne mogu dovesti do korupcije sistema i njegovog pada.Culture civilizacijom vladaju Minds kako i samo ime ka e U...


  10. says:

    If you re not already a citizen if only in dreams of the Culture then Surface Detail is not your path to naturalization This is not to say that this isn t a worthy part of the Culture mythology it is I enjoyed reading it, meeting a fewof the Culture s citizens and learning a bitabout how its nonhierarchic, anarcho communist civilization works But that may be why non Culture aficionados shouldn t start off with this book It s heavy with unexplained Culture jargon e.g., Subl If you re not already a citizen if only in dreams of the Culture then Surface Detail is not your path to naturalization This is not to say that this isn t a worthy part of the Culture mythology it is I enjoyed reading it, meeting a fewof the Culture s citizens and learning a bitabout how its nonhierarchic, anarcho communist civilization works But that may be why non Culture aficionados shouldn t start off with this ...


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