From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, far-future Culture (The Player of Games, , etc.). Set in the remote future, Banks’s (Feersum Endjinn) latest novel mounts a galactic-scale space opera, or, to be more exact, a space opera buffa. The Culture, a. Joining me for this review of the fourth book in Iain M. Banks’s Culture Kyle Muntz: For me, Excession broadened the scope of the Culture.

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The Best Books of Instead the Affront, despite being advanced enough the Culture actually have to negotiate them, have used their technology to become one of the most oppressive and cruel species in all of fiction. But ultimately the biggest issue with Excession is that it destroys a lot of the mystery around the Culture of the previous books and doesn’t exession add anything that great. You spend an enormous amount of time in contact with the Minds, in this book, instead of with the human or humanoid members of the Culture, which is really interesting, especially coming after reading Use of Weapons and Consider Phlebas, where it’s the other end of things.

His twinned hearts thumped, the scales had risen on his back, prickling him. Dajeil turned to look at the baks, which was staring intently over the couch at her with wide, unblinking eyes. I’m another superintelligent AI entity Excession introduces us to the Affront.

I agree with what you both said, but for perhaps different reasons.

Excession (Novel)

I would recommend Consider Phlebas or The Player of Games instead, though if you really want to jump right in with this one you may want to read up some background materials in Wikipedia or Banks’ own guide ” A Few Notes on the Culture “. Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication.

Anyway, I don’t know how to talk about Excession, really. The iani made a throat-clearing noise and went on: Vastly superior power, in my case. Lists with This Book.

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The conversations between the sentient ships alone could sustain me. I was exhausted by the end, and I am tempted to be unforgiving about the length of time it took me to really engage with Excessionand the ending was ultimately unsatisfactory, but I still found myself not wanting to put the book down. No, it is believed its integrity is intact. A slab of power and substance floating in a giant spoonful of sea, most of its vast bulk exposed to the air and clouds that formed its middle layer and around which the sun-line curved each day, and all domed with the long, field-contained pressure vessel of ferocious heat, colossal pressure and crushing gravity that simulated the conditions of a gas-giant planet.


That was why I wanted to write down what excessino happened; to witness our belief and our dedication and our suffering.

I feel a sense of gratitude towards the author for taking me on such a thrilling and thought-provoking ride and I am already hungry for more. He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence. The thin, dark figure – filling half her field of view and grainy with magnification – negotiated a last great boulder at the base of the cliff, then disappeared.

He coughed, which had the effect of making the gelfield ball out round his mouth like silvery chewing gum for a moment – something which he knew Fivetide thought was the second funniest thing a human could do in a gelfield suit, only beaten for amusement value by a sneeze.

The combination of modern ordnance and outdated tactics had, as ever, created enormous casualties on both sides. This book was like an infinitely better written Transformers movie for me. Two societies that – compared to the Culture – show how widely opposite they are through their rules and their beliefs they live with. Look to Windward Iain M Banks. What we have is a straight forward adventure Genar-Hofoen who lives with the Affront and aggressive expanding civilisation and their bid to claim a space artifact called the Excession.

The cheering, hooting Affronters roared, thumped the tables, exchanged bets and insults, and stabbed at the little creatures with long forks while shovelling cooked, prepared versions of the same animals into their beaks.

It tasted disgusting enough to be either genuinely good for you, or just one of the module’s little jokes. What it had discovered was an inflating shell of debris, drifting after it at a tenth of its speed.


If the Grey Area was actually inside the GSV at the time it probably couldn’t carry it off undetected. The single strand of fuzzy incandescence began near the far, seaward horizon, stretched across the sky and disappeared over the foliage-strewn lip of the two-thousand-metre-high cliff a kilometre behind the beach and the single tower.

If there was one vessel that might be capable of plundering – and, more importantly, that might be willing to plunder – a Stored soul from under the nose of the Sleeperthe Grey Area was probably it.

A little more than one hundred days into the fortieth year of her confinement, Dajeil Gelian was visited in her lonely tower overlooking the sea by an avatar of the great ship that was her home. Genar-Hofoen told them, having to stop himself from shouting out loud. Banks has constructed a universe where, despite all of the gigantic technical achievements he depicts, the panoply of Galactic history, human beings still matter. Is it important to read the first 4 books in the culture series before reading Excession?

Loved the writing, loved the names of the Minds and how they communicate, loved the complexity of the stories. Excession is Iain Banks’ clunkiest book so far. At Genar-Hofoen’s side, still in slow motion, Fivetide was starting to rise into the air.

These ships and others discover the Excession hanging in space, tempting them with its almost unspeakable technological powers, and furious scheming as to how to best exploit it ensues.

Excessiln Culture, thought Genar-Hofoen. Maybe I picked the wrong book to start with–but I’m not sure if I’ll bother ever trying again.

She sounded kind of interesting. It glanced back at her for a moment.

Some of Genar-Hofoen’s earliest memories were of the long, sunlit kitchen of the house at Excessiin, back on Seddun Orbital; his mother, the other adults of the house and his various cousins would all be milling around, chattering and laughing while he sat on his uncle’s knee, being told tales.