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Feersum Endjinn

Feersum Endjinn [Kindle Edition]

Iain M. Banks
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In a future where the ancients have long since departed Earth for the stars, those left behind live complacent lives filled with technological marvels they no longer understand. Then a cosmic threat known as the Encroachment begins a devastating ice age on Earth, and it sets in motion a series of events that will bring together a cast of original characters who must struggle through war, political intrigues and age-old mysteries to save the world. (B 4worned, 1 oph Banx' carrokters theenx en funetic inglish, which makes for some tough reading but also some innovative prose.)


Another truly impressive piece of work from the pen of a master storyteller. (STARBURST)

Dazzlingly original. (DAILY MAIL)

Banks is a phenomenon: the widly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing non-genre novels, he's equally at home writing pure science fiction of a peculiarly gnarly energy and elegance. (WILLIAM GIBSON)

Sharp, witty, comprehensively terrifying. (OBSERVER)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003O86FKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Indistinguishable from magic 23 Mar 2004
In Arthur C. Clarke's famous saying, any sufficiently advanced technology is...
This book tells a tale of a time when the Earth is populated by descendants of those people who were (or chose to be) left behind when technology reached a point which they could no longer cope with. As a result they live in a world which they barely understand, surrounded by the legacy of people using a science way beyond them. Nonetheless, humans being adaptable creatures, they have created a society which just about functions, using the technology they were left, packed with all the usual human virtues and vices, lacking only the faintest idea of why they are where they are. It is only when they discover that their civilisation - and indeed planet - is threatened by something far beyond their abilities that they have to come to terms with what they have lost. Characteristically, they respond in different ways, most of them counterproductive.
The book is told from four viewpoints: a power struggle within the ruling clan, a loser in that power struggle, a boy caught up in the struggle without realising it and a mysterious external factor called an "asura" who despite her initial air of harmlessness is clearly going to be bad news for someone.
Initially the book is hard to get to grips with as these four strands interweave, particularly as the boy speaks/writes a phonetic English which takes hard work and practice to read at a reasonably normal pace. However, as the story starts to gel, the characters and plotting slowly become irresistible and by the end the reader has a real feeling of satisfaction for sticking with it.
This is not as easy to read as some of the Culture novels but in its own way it is every bit as rewarding as, say, The Player Of Games.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but difficult book 18 Jan 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
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The world of "Feersum Endjinn" is incredibly weird. Set in the very far future, the Encroachment threatens the Earth with a new Ice Age and the possible extinction of life on the planet itself. Only the remnants of a civilisation are left on Earth ,with most of the rest of its inhabitants having long since departed for the stars. The society that is left is totally bizarre; it is organised on feudal lines and most of the people live in a huge castle the size and height of a large mountain range. The inhabitants have developed very strange and alien powers of the mind; they possess implants to provide them with AI and their minds are "shared" in a hierarchical manner , with "The Privileged" being able to access people minds at will.In parallel with the real world, there is a surreal virtual reality world called "The Crypt" which people can access through their mind ; a sort of world data bank that contains all the thoughts and actions of the past , a world into which people can even download their souls for reincarnation after death, often returning as chimerical animals. It is the complex interaction between the real world and The Crypt which makes this book a difficult one to understand and enjoy. Banks makes a lot of demands on the reader as he creates this convincing but radically different future world. A world where Life and the Afterlife , the Spirit and the Material World ,have fused together and created a totally new reality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better & Better 7 Mar 2009
Well now, I've just finished reading this for the third time (in about 10 years) and I just love it more each time! The much maligned phonetic sections are no problem in our 'textspeak' times, you soon get used to it anyway. I also found it made the character of Bascule more endearing.
Warmer and rather less torture ridden than some of Banks other works which is definitely a good thing.
What makes this such a good read is the array of wonderful ideas and concepts on display. The far distant, but still recognisable future. The perfectly realised virtual reality of the 'crypt'. And the truly mind blowing scale of the mega-architecture. wholeheartedly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, surreal, imaginative 3 Aug 2007
By John
Once you get used to reading the occassional chapter written phonetically (initialy hard work - i almost gave up after a few pages!), you can lose yourself in the vivid and surreal worlds of this story. I found this to be one of his best works, full of suspence, intrigue, wit and humour.
Highly recommended for those looking for something challenging and different!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's this banks guy? 22 Nov 1998
By A Customer
I only bought the book because I'd remembered seeing it advertised a year or more before, and I wanted to settle whether I was seeing adverts for lousy books, or I was missing a great one.
I loved Adams' HitchHiker stories because of their tangential humor and story line. In Feersum Enjinn, Banks manages to twist and turn with a serious plot line. A fantastic book with some hillarious (and some sombre) undertones. But beware - buying is likely to lead to more purchases.
And a word of caution: Some chapters need to be read with an accent...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short but twisted 25 April 2007
I like Iain Bank's sci-fi, especially the twisted and unexpected, where you really have no clue where things are heading - such as this one! Even though to me it does still have the flavour of fairly classic sci-fi about it. It is one of his shorter novels, but still takes a long time to read - the phonetic bits slow you down. Actually I liked that, a gimmick maybe, but it also made it more immersive because it was hard work. It made the switching viewpoints (a standard story telling device) more intense.

For me, this was a "better than average" Banks novel. so, I thoroughly recommend it.
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Published 1 month ago by Neil Andrew Wilding
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but genius
This book is bursting with ideas. And you have to have your Imagination Hat on full time. I guess I might understand it more on second reading. Read more
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Published 3 months ago by Sian Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best
I must admit I didn't take to this book. It doesn't flow as well as the others and isn't as entertaining.
Published 4 months ago by Mike S
5.0 out of 5 stars What a story
If you love si fi you will love this

All I Banks books are the tops

Book in good condition & a nice read
nice price
Even found a bbc payslip in it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars This bloke's an imaginative genius!
Thoroughly addictive, another Iain M Banks book I couldn't put down. I'm only sorry I've not discovered his books sooner:-)
Published 6 months ago by Ria
3.0 out of 5 stars Diferent
Hard to get into until you get used to the phonics of the main character. Then quite absorbing. Leaving questions?
Published 6 months ago by Taffy
1.0 out of 5 stars Feersum Warning
When I read this book, I was a huge fan of the author. I even wrote a "fan" letter many years ago, to which he graciously replied. I'm a writer, myself. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mel R. Scurbica
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Culture Novel but a magical tour de force
This isn't a Culture Novel but a foray into broader science fiction. In places this is difficult to read since the principal protagonist is written phonetically and this can make... Read more
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