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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inverse look at the Culture - but not for new readers!
I found the book engrossing and "got it" quite quickly, but it's obvious from other reviews that readers new to Banks were right there with Uelph in having no idea what was really going on. For example, how the Doctor was able to eavesdrop on conversations when she was nowhere near, how her enemies were bumped off, and how she was miraculously saved from...
Published on 22 Sept. 1999

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intrigued ...
I've read a couple of Iain Banks' novels and, being a sci fi fan, was looking forward to sampling his sci fi fare. Inversions left me confused, on many counts, not least being quite where the science was. The Doctor seemed to be a practitioner of empirical method in the corrupt politics of a medieval court (a la William of Baskerville in The Name Of The Rose), but...
Published on 21 Sept. 2001


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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book that made me wonder by the end why I had bothered, 14 Sept. 1999
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This review is from: Inversions (Paperback)
This was my first taste of this authors work so maybe I am just not getting the joke. The fact that at the end I threw the book in a bin will tell you how much I didn't enjoy it. It meandered through descriptive passages without there being any point I could grasp; the two plot lines didn't come together; there was no excitement, and really no point. The whole thing was just a tortuous waste of reading time.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 4 hours wasted, 13 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Inversions (Paperback)
Disclaimer- I have never read any of Ian M Banks before but enjoy Scifi and fantasy in general.Honest!
There should be a warning on this book not to read it before others in the series. I'm usually good at checking first to make sure not reading part 2 of a trilogy or something.Obviously got caught out on this one.
This was a rambling uneventful story that appeared to have no point. Maybe I'm missing the bigger picture but could have spent the time to better use cleaning the kitchen floor............
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very boring, 8 July 2002
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I don't understand why Banks wrote this novel in the way he did, or even the point of writing it. Usually, Banks writes books with characters who display depth in plots that are multi-layered and thought-provoking. This book goes nowhere and says nothing. It's a book without a plot and without direction - the kind of stream-of-consciousness writing one associates with a bright but immature adolescent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Socialist Tedium, 18 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Inversions (Paperback)
This book begins with humanist, contradictory nonsense on the first pages, and is based on the notion that nonsense Marxist, Socialist ideas are the inevitable and best future. I'd long put off reading Banks' novels because of the whole Culture idea, but thought I'd finally have a look. But the 'Culture' as a concept is just unworkable nonsense; the characters even in their medieval setting drone on in left-wing leaning nonsense with no connection to reality; it's just not believable. And the writing is very slow, with over-long conversations and little plot movement. Not good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Iain Banks has lost it, 22 Jun. 1999
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I'm a big fan of Iain Banks and highly rate all his early works (especially the 'Culture' novels) but his last couple of books terrible. They lack the fast action and exitement of his early ones - he's gone all arty and surreal !!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!, 14 Oct. 2006
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As a fan of Mr. Banks and his "Culture" novels, I found this book terrible. I think Orbit should be ashamed to call this book science fiction. The only thing "science" about it is that it takes place on another planet.

I kept reading waiting for the space opera to start. I finished the book and thought what a piece of crap!

Totally disapointing. Absolutely NOT science fiction. Don't be fooled!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Reinvention, 4 Aug. 2004
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Ha! It looks like Ian Banks has reinvented the Progressors. Strugatsky brothers introduced this term back in 1960's. The first Progressor was Don Rumata in their "Hard To Be A God" novel (I think, ca. 1965), and then this idea was further developed in "The Inhabited Island", "The Beetle In The Anthill" and "The Waves Stop The Wind". It's interesting how Ian Banks has approached this idea. I'll write another review after actual reading the book. :-)
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