Feersum Endjinn Paperback – 8 Jun 1995
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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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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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For me, this was a "better than average" Banks novel. so, I thoroughly recommend it.
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This is such a great book. I have always been a fan of Ian M Banks Culture books but this is not a Culture book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't get much beyond page 16 when the writing goes phonetic!! Tiring and not what you want to get into the flow of the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David
Not up to normal Ian M. Banks standards . Quite put by the large amount of phonetic text, makes it very hard to read.Published 6 months ago by Graeme V.
From a brilliant author, a disappointing format. Alternate chapters are essentially exhausting to read (being in textspeak) Too tedious to bother with.Published 9 months ago by Robert Russell
Iain M Banks always deliver - his books span a universe, machines, people, aliens all mixed up and pursuing their goals. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gustaf Eriksson
The chaos of the crypt seems to me to be a mixture of the Internet and Aldiss's Helliconia underworld. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Esk
Classic Ian M Banks - always mind-blowing, always thought-provokingPublished 10 months ago by Mr. John Butler