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Paperback Published on: 05/02/2009
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The eighth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. In a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilisations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity - and her particular set of abilities - might be a dangerous strategy. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter. Praise for the Culture series: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781841494197
  • Number of pages: 656
  • Weight: 450g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 45 mm

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This is one of the best Banks books I've read for a long time. A real return to form.
Philip Birch
Yet Another Space Opera Written to Please
With a vast assortment of science-fiction novels under his belt, Iain M. Banks knows how to write well. What is even more pleasing to know is that he is ye... READ MORE
S Fry
Banks at his best
A marvellous, expansive novel from a master of the art. Perhaps his best sci-fi novel, Iain M Banks has written a book of boundless and vivid imagination y... READ MORE
Medieval kingdoms, alien civilisations, and deception on a grand scale
I'm slowly working my way through Iain M Banks’ Culture novels at the moment and I’d say Matter is so far in the top 2, alongside Excession. Combining med... READ MORE
Rob S