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[Iain M. Banks] · Feersum Endjinn [picture-books PDF] Read Online Å This is good It is as intelligent as thecontemporary The Bridge which so far is still my favorite novel coming from Iain Banks that I have yet read I am still wading through his books , it is not set in the Culture series, but as a stand alone sci fi novel with a very unique aspect about it, just as all his novels contain However, my main misgiving which also stopped me reading the book the first time I attempted it several years ago was the phonetically written sections by a character called Bascule However, this attempt of re reading was a success, and whilst most would be put off from the text speech at first, it does become easier as the book progresses and you get used to it It took me a while mind, but the character who speaks in this manner also has a comedic value too Give it time and you get used to it, but it does make the novel slower to read A completely confu By looking at my star rating you might think I am not a fan of Iain M Banks non Culture novel Feersum Endjin That is not the truth, though I am a fan A big fan, actually, but I try to stick to what the stars claim they are for, and since they range from didn t like it to it was amazing and are clearly subjective ranks rather than qualitative ranks, the book only received an I liked it rating from me. If I was rating its quality, however, Feersum Endjin is worthy of the full compliment of stars. Feersum Endjin is not an entertainment But it is an impressive literary feat Banks makes us work for every page, every step of the story, and he rewards us with passages of exceptional, nearly poetic, prose that reveal his immense imagination and can set one s mind spinning into an all too feasi In A World Where One Can Live Multiple Lives, Count Alandre Sessine VIII Has Survived Seven Times And Is Down To His Last, Leaving Him One Final Shot At Finding His Killer His Only Clues Point To A Conspiracy That Reaches Far Beyond His Own Murder, And Survival Lies In Discovering Other Fugitives Who Know The Truth About The Ultimate Weapon Of Chaos And Salvation Reprint This is a serious work of the imagination It doesn t really fit in the Culture novels, but it s definitely some Hard SF with a beautiful vision of a far old Earth filled with so many Big Ideas We ve got everything from allotted resurrections, ghosts solving their own murders, enormous and layered virtual realities, virus ridden fantasy realms, and a Chaos filled with AIs If that isn t enough, the Earth is going through some major changes You know like destruction Evenphysical Big Ideas keep flowing in and I reveled in it all But don t just think this is just a novel of ideas The characters and the individual stories were all fascinating and funny and full of great reveals and twists More than enough for three normal novels, even I happily skipped one major complaint of this novel by listening to the audiobook version with Peter Kenny He s awesome That s great all by itself Bu It grabbed me from the start Part of this was the simple spectacle of it all, of the brobdingnagian castle where most of the story is set, in its kilometers long, kilometers tall chambers, of a destructive civil war between royalists and those aligned with the clan of Engineers, of the grotesque chimeric animals of sentience, and of the multiple layers of reality implemented in the vast dataspace of the cryptosphere where the data chaos lurks And then there is the overwhelming concern of the Encroachment endangering the planet. The other side of it is Banks s meticulous management of information, where the reader has to piece together what the Encroachment really is it is not detailed until well into the book , and who Count Sessine s enemies are, and why the war is happening, and most importantly how everyone is going to fix this mess This book respects its readers and in turn ex Iain M Banks is the only sf author I ve actively pursued in years His Culture novels have been particularly interesting, their sociological framework being unusually intelligent for the genre. This is not a Culture novel per se, though, god knows, it may fit in somewhere as pre C in the broad canvas of Banks imagination What it is is a future Earth story, date unstated, but certainly not near future The ostensible plot driver is an interstellar cloud which, increasingly, is occluding solar radiation, threatening all life on the planet As usual, the story is approached from the perspectives of several, disparate characters and much is left mysterious until the final chapter. Unfortunately, much, too much, remains mysterious even after the final page is read Ass First of all, I m a big Iain Banks fan Keep that in mind when I tell you that this book is unreadable. The number one problem is that one of the main characters has some sort of disability and can only write phonetically So you have to wade through pages and pages of garbage like this But am Bascule thi Rascule, thass whot they call me Am yung am onli on my furst life I tells her, laffin Bascule thi Teller nuffink, that s me no I or II or VII or any ov that nonsins 4 yoors truly am good az immortil 4 all intense purpusses if u cant act a bit daff when u never dyed not even 1nce yet, when can u JESUS CHRIST IAIN WHAT WERE YOU THINKING I got through about 20% of this book and the story was interesting, but ultimately I could not deal with that crap. Set on an almost unrecognizable far future Earth, this book is Iain M Banks second non Culture SF endevour Earth is past it s golden hour, and technology has fallen into the realm of mysticism and ritual The story follows four different people living in the remains of what can only be described as an disproportionately scaled super city as they are reluctantly dragged into a plot involving a threat against the entire Earth They face a conspiracy of powerful individuals with their own agenda, not necessarily interested in averting the looming threat. What s really special is that one of the protagionist s Bascule, a young Teller hacker,or less viewpoints is written almost phonetically in first person perspective, which could potentially annoy some readers, but adds another layer of flav
Posted at Heradas. comEven though his work was split about fifty fifty between literary fiction and science fiction, Iain Banks considered himself first and foremost a science fiction writer He cut his teeth on space opera, writing several novels in the seventies that went unpublished for decades By 1984 he had shelved his earlier work and focused his attention on the world of literary fiction what he referred to lovingly as Hampstead novels hoping for better luck in the mainstream The Wasp Factory , his first published novel, was a breakout hit that same year He followed it with a string of successful mainstream novels in the mid to late eighties, publishing one nearly every year At this point his publisher was hungry, Banks was hot and readers wanted , so in the late eighties he began rewriting his earlier rejected Scottish writer Iain M Banks with his book Feersum Endjinn has given us the second science fiction novel not based upon or set within the Culture universe, the first being Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn is additionally Iain M Banks s sixth work of science fiction. Banks deals in ideas The most striking feature of this book is lack of emotional subtlety and the story is told in four threads, following four main characters. Mr Banks passed away on June 6 2013 at the age of 59 Aware of his imminent demise on 3 April he announced on his website that he had inoperable gall bladder cancer, giving him, at most, a year to live His first published novel, The Wasp Factory , appeared in 1984 when he was thirty years old His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas , was published in 1987, in it he created T
Iain Banks which he used to publish his Science Fiction.Banks s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in 1992 However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.Interviewed on Mark Lawson s BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the M as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks, a minor character in some of P.G Wodehouse s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the M , although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.His latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.Author Iain M Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late stage cancer He died the following June.The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year , would be his last The Quarry was published in June 2013.