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Inversions (English Edition)

Inversions (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Iain M. Banks
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Science fiction readers know that Iain Banks writes "respectable" novels (such as The Wasp Factory) while his alter ego Iain M. Banks produces equally well-written but often more playful sci-fi--most famously, the gaudy and galaxy-spanning Culture series. In Inversions, Banks is being tricky again. Besides extra moons in the sky and stories of devastating meteor showers that toppled a former Empire, this novel's squalid, pre-industrial world seems to have no sci-fi elements. The two entwined stories feature a woman who becomes personal physician to one kingdom's absolute monarch, and the male bodyguard of a rival and more "progressive" country's Cromwell-like Protector. Both protagonists are mysterious outsiders from farther away than the King or Protector can ever imagine. Readers of Banks's other science fiction will spot the clues to their origins. Others may be slightly puzzled, especially by a seeming miracle which intervenes when the doctor faces torture--but can still enjoy the elegant narrative reversals, reflections and echoes. There are also generous helpings of blood, violence, poisoning, ingenious deceits and high excitement, spiced with political philosophy. Banks continues his pleasant habit of never repeating himself. --David Langford


** 'A fantastic, awe-inspiring book ... I can't imagine anyone not being won over by this deeply entertaining, thought-provoking and humane story' EXPRESS ** 'Taut, hilarious and wicked' MAIL ON SUNDAY ** 'Compulsive Banksian reading ... thoughtful, intelligently bloody stuff' SFX ** 'Captivating ... incisive ... as sublime as ever' TIME OUT ** 'Violently clever' GUARDIAN ** '[An] intriguing and powerfully realised tale.' NEW SCIENTIST


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 875 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 356 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1416583785
  • Verlag: Orbit; Auflage: New Ed (4. September 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002TXZR8G
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Solid story, but not Banks' best 18. Juni 2001
The title suggests it - Inversions tells the story of two people, a healer and a warrior, one the yin to the other's yang, both close to powerful rulers, both entangled in power plays. A cleverly constructed book, even if not so fiendishly structured like Banks' "Use of Weapons", Inversions is somehow missing this little extra kick of personal tragedy and black humour that made "Consider Phlebas" and "Use of Weapons" so precious gems in the landscape of science fiction. Be that as it may, "Inversions" is still a very entertaining novel, a story of two people who are more than they seem on a somewhat backward planet. Banks readers from his other sf books should be warned that there are no fleets of bizarre named spaceships or nosy drones to be found in Inversions, but his fantastic writing and fine characterization make even a low-tech (with few but oh so surprising exceptions) story an enjoyable read, though anybody who tries this book should have read at least one Culture-novel from Banks to better appreciate all those innuendos and especially one major turn-of-events.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Two stories. Two books. 25. Juni 2000
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_Inversions_ is actually not one, but two books.
I'm not saying that because it goes back and forth from two different narratives that mirror each other. I'm saying that because it is, really, two different books.
If you've read the Culture novels (_Consider Phlebas_, _The Player of Games_, _Use of Weapons_), you'll understand things differently than if you haven't.
If you've read the Culture novels, it will be pure science-fiction. If you haven't, it will be pure medieval fantasy. Anyway, it will be a very enjoyable read.
That's Iain M. Banks for you.
People argue whether this is a Culture novel or not. Simply put, it is. And no, that's not a spoiler. It's a very obvious Culture novel -- only without the space opera pyrotechnics.
If you are new to Iain M. Banks, this is as good a place to start as any. If you have access to the other Culture novels, though, I'd suggest starting with them. Any will do. But do read them, Banks is a genius.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Notable Diversion From Banks Usual 8. Dezember 2001
I wholly agree with Schmitz' summary; this one is not Banks at his hitherto known best. (I read it when it came out about 2 years ago - or some such.)
Regardless of that: what I still consider great about it are the descriptions of psychological insights gained/described so fastidiously in well-known Banks tradition: inching back from all the techie stuff and towards more - shall we say - comprehensive discussion of human motivations in view of life's random quirks.
'Use Of Weapons' used to be my favourit, but 'Inversions' has topped it.
His latest 'Look To Windward' (with dutiful back-reading of 'Consider Phlebas') do much for me, but not enough to endanger this jewel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen not Banks' best 30. Juli 2000
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This book is structurally similar to _Use of Weapons_, and in fact the story is an echo of an introductory scene of that book, in which Zakalwe tells his soon-to-be victim that the Culture prefers to send its agents out as doctors who extend the lives of benevolent leaders. In other respects, the books are not too comparable; _Use of Weapons_ is a masterpiece and this book is merely adequate. I would never miss any of Banks' Culture books, but I wouldn't recommend this one to someone who hasn't read his previous work.
I didn't find this to be a work of great subtlety. On the plot level, Banks likes mysteries. In this book I thought they were obvious from early on -- especially the identity of the assassin who was due to strike later. In the Doctor's story, not one thing happened that hadn't already been heavily signalled. The Doctor's end scene would be impossible to understand in detail for someone who hasn't read Banks' other works; impossible not to understand at once if you have read them.
Similarly, in characterization, the people are mainly stock cutouts. The main characters spend a lot of time opposing medieval bad guys whose only salient feature is that they are bad. The two main Culture characters themselves are somewhat poorly drawn because they are so monomaniacally focussed on their chosen paths, and because so much of their time is spent being exasperated by the obviously wrong primitives they have to deal with. The two leaders they serve are slightly more three-dimensional, but neither to the point of being a memorable character in their own right.
In technique, I just plain didn't like the way that the background that the author wants us to have was told in the form of children's stories.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Subtle mysteries mean more to old fans than new 29. Februar 2000
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British writer Iain Banks, known for such edgy, thoughtful novels as "The Wasp Factory" and "A Song of Stone," writes science fiction as Iain M. Banks ("Excession," "Against a Dark Background").
"Inversions," while set on a planet with two sons and six moons, is more of a medieval parable than sci-fi, despite the mysterious properties surrounding Dr. Vosill, physician to the king, and a female and foreigner in a realm which despises both. Politically wise and humane as well as amazingly skillful medically, Vosill dodges the hatreds and strategems of a conspiracy of jealous courtiers. Her story is narrated by the spy Oelph, her apprentice, who also falls hopelessly in love with her.
Meanwhile, related in alternating chapters by a deliberately obscured narrator, violence is an ever present danger in the events unfolding in a post revolutionary government palace in a distant realm. Bodyguard DeWar frets over the new Protector's safety (a victorious regicide) while falling chastely in love with the crippled concubine who saved the Protector from his last assassin. As war breaks out in the provinces, The Protector's beloved son falls seriously ill with a mysterious malady. Distracted by worry, he ignores conspiring factions.
Both leaders have enemies they are unaware of. While there are parrallels in the narratives, the connections are subtle and unapparent until late in the novel. Even then, questions remain. Well-written and absorbing, "Inversions" draws the reader on but does not really satisfy. The conclusion does not seem to warrant all the mystery, despite the delicate interplay of viewpoints and sinister maneuvering.
Still, I'm told old fans familiar with previous books will understand what he's done here. Doesn't do us casual readers much good though, nor does it make me want to immerse myself in his philosophical construct.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good book, but an unsatisfying ending
I do love his prose, but the story did have some moments where my suspension of disbelief was strained. That, and the end of the tale just kind of fizzled. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 11 Monaten von Marc Lachance veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Spiegelbilder?
In dieser Geschichte, einer Novelle, und in der mindestens eine der Personen eine weitere Geschichte erzählt, gibt es zwei Erzählstränge. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Juli 2008 von Peter Janik
4.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent and gripping sci-fi/fantasy-ish novel.
I picked this book off the shelf after reading what it was about. I was expecting just a mediocre science-fiction novel at best, however, I was pleasantly suprised. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. April 2000 von Michael V. Colianna
5.0 von 5 Sternen It's really inverted!
This is a subtler work than Banks' earlier "Culture" novels, and may be his best one yet. Regrettably, the very subtlety and understatement that makes this such a good... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. März 2000 von Jules Mazarin
4.0 von 5 Sternen An engaging and thought-provoking book
Of the science-fiction/fantasy works of Iain M. Banks, this book goes high on my list of favorites. Very engagingly written, with a nicely progressing plot. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Februar 2000 von C. Hulshof
5.0 von 5 Sternen Banks Back In Fine Form
After the rather disappointing "A Song of Stone", his last novel to be released in the USA, Iain Banks has finally returned to this side of the Atlantic with another of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Februar 2000 von P. Robert Paustian
4.0 von 5 Sternen What do Iain Banks and yogurt have in common?
The science fiction novels of Iain M. Banks have had a remarkable impact on the field in general. Most especially, the somewhat glib, sardonic voice that he uses narratively. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Februar 2000 von Turner Morgan
3.0 von 5 Sternen a midrange banks, billed as SF but is too limited
billed as sci fi on the back cover, i found myself waiting and waiting for something other than a rather mundane medieval story to unfold. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2000 von Amazon Customer
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