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Look To Windward (Culture series) [Kindle Edition]

Iain M. Banks
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    When using that middle initial M., Iain Banks writes grand space opera combining galactic scope with twisty, tricky probes into the darkest secrets of human and other minds. Look to Windward revisits the utopian but ruthless interstellar Culture introduced in Consider Phlebas, exploring the complex aftermath of a rare Culture mistake--humanitarian tinkering with an unjust civilization that accidentally led to massive civil war and billions dead.

    After a harrowing battle flashback, the scene shifts to one of the Culture's wonderfully landscaped, ring-shaped artificial worlds called Orbitals. A ghastly light is awaited in the sky from distant suns detonated in the war of Consider Phlebas eight centuries earlier; an occasion for sombre festivity, pyrotechnics, and a memorial symphony from exiled alien composer Ziller. Meanwhile another tortured member of Ziller's race--aggressors and victims in that more recent civil war--arrives on a mission whose dreadful nature emerges through fragments of slowly returning memory. Elsewhere, in the exuberantly imagined airsphere home of floating "behemothaurs" almost too huge to imagine, the clue to what's happening falls belatedly into inexperienced hands...

    While scattering red herrings and building tension for his final burst of literal and moral fireworks, Banks shows us around the Orbital in sensuous, lyrical travelogues. Rich scenery, high living, low comedy and dangerous sports contrast with reflections on mortality and the lingering aftershock of both those wars, recalled by ravaged veterans. Look to Windward culminates with deft twists, inversions, parallels, and savage justice, as unexpected as we expect from this author. Recommended. --David Langford

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    When using that middle initial M., Iain Banks writes grand space opera combining galactic scope with twisty, tricky probes into the darkest secrets of human and other minds. Look to Windward revisits the utopian but ruthless interstellar Culture introduced in Consider Phlebas, exploring the complex aftermath of a rare Culture mistake--humanitarian tinkering with an unjust civilization that accidentally led to massive civil war and billions dead.

    After a harrowing battle flashback, the scene shifts to one of the Culture's wonderfully landscaped, ring-shaped artificial worlds called Orbitals. A ghastly light is awaited in the sky from distant suns detonated in the war of Consider Phlebas eight centuries earlier; an occasion for sombre festivity, pyrotechnics, and a memorial symphony from exiled alien composer Ziller. Meanwhile another tortured member of Ziller's race--aggressors and victims in that more recent civil war--arrives on a mission whose dreadful nature emerges through fragments of slowly returning memory. Elsewhere, in the exuberantly imagined airsphere home of floating "behemothaurs" almost too huge to imagine, the clue to what's happening falls belatedly into inexperienced hands...

    While scattering red herrings and building tension for his final burst of literal and moral fireworks, Banks shows us around the Orbital in sensuous, lyrical travelogues. Rich scenery, high living, low comedy and dangerous sports contrast with reflections on mortality and the lingering aftershock of both those wars, recalled by ravaged veterans. Look to Windward culminates with deft twists, inversions, parallels, and savage justice, as unexpected as we expect from this author. Recommended. --David Langford


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • Dateigröße: 571 KB
    • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
    • Verlag: Orbit; Auflage: New Ed (17. Mai 2010)
    • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Sprache: Englisch
    • ASIN: B003MQM7A0
    • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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    • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (9 Kundenrezensionen)
    • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #41.140 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstandning even among the culture novels 13. Oktober 2000
    Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
    Arguably one of Iain Banks' best science fiction works. I found myself wandering back to the first chapter time and again to reconstruct narrative strains, the themes of which are already laid down on the first pages. A book about an opus magnum which in itself has symphonic qualities. Banks also mastered a rather intricate equlibrium between an evolving tragedy of, well, orbital scale and the fine irony which is interwoven in the fictional sociography of a civilization which so adamantly confronts us with the extremes of the 'here and now'. If one does not choose to read an author's books in the order of appearance, this book would make a fine appetizer. But be prepared to reserve some place on your bookshelf. You'll be coming back for more!
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Durchgehend faszinierend 29. Februar 2004
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    Iain Banks hat es wieder einmal geschafft, mich in eine andere Welt zu entführen. In jedem Kapitel findet man neue Ideen aus dem Kultur-Universum, die einfach immer ein bisschen weiter gedacht sind als bei anderen SF-Autoren, und das Buch durchgehend spannend und mitreissend halten. Von der Qualität her würde ich die Geschichte zwischen "Excession" (mittelmaessig) und "Consider Phlebas" (genial) einordnen, auf jeden Fall ein lesenswerter Banks.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Ghosts of the Past 14. Februar 2011
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    Another Novel by Banks. Another 5 Stars from me. This is one of the calmer Culture novels. Much more like my favorite "The Player of Games". Of course, the stakes are high again. A suicide terrorist preparing and trying to get to his target is a very modern story to tell, and Banks is one of the best storytellers alive. He invents a completely new life form, that represents an ecosphere of itself, large enough to house humans and other, much larger life forms - just as a side branch of the story.

    Banks tried to use some titles like Cr (Composer) oder Av (Avatar) in this novel. It didn't work well and from the looks he never tried again afterwards. I take this is a good sign.

    Iain (M.) Banks is definitively one of the best Sci-Fi authors today. And what may be important as well: he is both imaginative and productive. The genre can be lucky to have a good classical author find his interest in Sci-Fi. Sci-Fi usually isn't a very demanding genre, so it sees many mediocre entrepreneurs. Banks has a rich imagination, rich vocabulary and is just a master writer. He does action scenes as well as giving a whole impression of societies, he can be funny at times as well as giving you very sobering insights, he can overwhelm you with richest unseen scenes and make hopelessness palpable just by describing a bleak scene. There are few things that are constant about his works - besides their quality. Namely his strange interest in shit, what seems to pop up now and then. And then there's is aversion against religion. The more religious someone is, the more amoral is character will act.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Finally another Culture book 4. Januar 2004
    Format:Taschenbuch
    Finally after waiting quite long another book of Iain M. Banks.
    It is worth reading just to get into the complex world of the Culture. It is not quite as interessting as his other Culture books, but still definitely worth reading.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen More! 27. März 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    Read it in german years ago, now in english. Its fun to read, i simply enjoy science fiction
    like that; small plots at the beginning where you ask "how come", but merging into a picture
    gaining more and more fascination.
    He is not shy to go into detailed description of the mental evolution of his figures,
    even if there are surely readers that dont like excessive descriptions of state of minds.
    The only thing that gets me crazy are the many unknown words (at least to me),
    but luckily there is a dictionary at hands.
    I really recommend it, read it and enjoy!
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