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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 SonataOther 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