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4.0 von 5 Sternen Solid story, but not Banks' best
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...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juni 2001 von Klaus Schmitz

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Subtle mysteries mean more to old fans than new
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...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Februar 2000 von Lynn Harnett


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Solid story, but not Banks' best, 18. Juni 2001
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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
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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. Banks' use of the unreliable marrator seems to have forced him into this device, rather than using the flashback chapters that he put to so good use elsewhere.
So, to sum up, if you haven't read any of Banks' culture books, read them first. If you have, you're going to want to read this one whether it's one of his better ones or not. Even not as his best, Banks is still so much better than other current science fiction writers that I'm still giving this work four stars.
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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen What do Iain Banks and yogurt have in common?, 4. Februar 2000
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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. This voice is present in this novel as much as any other of his, and is quite entertaining. If you are NOT an Iain Banks Fan waiting for the book with bated breath-- skip to the next paragraph (or better yet, pick up one of his earlier novels so you can get a perspective into which to place this novel: I don't think this one is a good starting point for his storyworld). Right. Now that we've gotten rid of the new folks-- This book is clever as all hell. Just like Banks always is. I picked up a British hardcover back in '98, and devoured it. I was left somewhat unimpressed, and re-read the Culture novels back-to-back-to-back so I could get a dose of what I was missing. After doing that, I realized exactly what Inversions was about. There are a few clues in this novel as to what's going on- below the surface, if you will.
I would strongly recommend rereading State of the Art or Use of Weapons to get the most out of this book. This really isn't one of his best standalone novels; I'd seriously refer the new Banks reader to one of his older ones- they are more accessible, while this novel assumes a level of familiarity with the storyworld which a new reader simply won't have. Then again- when you're a bestselling author in your own country in two genres, you can probably get away with vanity stunts like that.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's really inverted!, 16. März 2000
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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 book may narrow its appeal. You have to think about this book. For instance, one of the reviewers (Booklist) clearly either didn't read, or failed to understand what he was reading. Whatever Dr. Vossil and DeWar's relationship may have been, they were most assuredly not "cooperating".
For the benefit of those who haven't read the book, I don't want to give away too much. However, one of the questions that's been kicked around on the Iain Banks newsgroup is which of the two is the starry-eyed idealist, and which is a hard-eyed pragmatist.
My view? --If special circumstances demand that it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight, if you send in Madame Doctor.
No, this is not just a "medieval fantasy". It's a thought-provoking book about what it means to "do good", and how little latitude you have to help people in a cruel world. If it matters to you, this IS science fiction, and it IS a "Culture" book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen a midrange banks, billed as SF but is too limited, 1. Februar 2000
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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. where is the scope, the feelings of vast possibility that pervade the other culture novels? at least this story was readable. it was nothing compared to my favorite banks-- feersum endjiin, use of weapons, and the player of games. by the end i was annoyed at being stuck in this backward place for so long.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spiegelbilder?, 16. Juli 2008
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In dieser Geschichte, einer Novelle, und in der mindestens eine der Personen eine weitere Geschichte erzählt, gibt es zwei Erzählstränge.
Die Kapitel alternieren zwischen den beiden Erzählsträngen.
Das Ganze ist lose, zumindest oberflächlich betrachtet, mit dem Kultur-Universum verknüpft.

Der eine Erzählfaden begleitet die Leibärztin eines recht aufgeklärten, aber absoluten, Herrschers.
Den Hintergrund bildet eine Welt die, wenn man die Erde und die Menschheitsgeschichte als "Maßstab" nimmt, so etwas wie den Anbruch der "Neuzeit" anbrechen sieht.
Technologisch ist das in etwa auf Höhe des 30-jährigen Krieges, oder, da der Autor Brite ist, die Zeit der "Glorious Revolution". Klingenwaffen sind die bevorzugte Waffe für die kurze Distanz. Für die Jagd wird die Armbrust wegen ihrer Präzision einer Schwarzpulverwaffe vorgezogen. Nur für Kriegszwecke werden Musketen und vor allem Kanonen verwendet.
Nicht nur durch technologischen Fortschritt, auch durch kataklysmische Ereignisse scheinen die gesellschaftlichen Strukturen einiger Reiche dieser Welt einen Anstoß bekommen zu haben.

Das Königreich Haspidus, wo die Handlung des einen Erzählstranges spielt, wird von einem "guten" König regiert. Dessen Leibärztin ist überraschend modern was Ihre medizinischen Kenntnisse und Verfahren angeht, kommt sie doch aus einem entfernten Inselreich, wo alles so viel besser zu sein scheint. Da sie außerdem das Vertrauen des Königs besitzt ist sie einigen an Hofe ein Dorn im Auge.

Der zweite Erzählstrang spielt in einem ehemaligen Imperium das durch einen Bürgerkrieg im Anschluss an einen Asteroideneinschlag in einem der Nachbarreiche, zu einer Militärdiktatur geworden ist. Anleihen an Cromwell sind sicherlich gegeben, nur ist der Protektor, der Oberste General, und die ihn unterstützende Clique aus Generälen und Adeligen in keinster Weise religiös motiviert. Der Erzähler dieses Teils ist ein anderer als der aus dem Königreich Haspidus. Die Geschichte spielt zur gleichen Zeit, ist aber räumlich, unter anderem durch eine Bergkette, getrennt. Die Hauptfigur ist der Leibwächter des Protektors. Er muß mehr auf seinen Herrn als auf sich achten.

Beide Figuren sind über die eine oder andere kulturelle Verbindung miteinander verbandelt. Beide sind fremd an Ihren jeweiligen Verweilorten. Beide sind in Ihrer Tätigkeit sehr kompetent.

Auf den ersten Blick sind es zwei unabhängige Geschichten. Aber "Inversions" wird erst durch beide eine Einheit und komplett.
Die Welt, auf der sich die Handlung abspielt, ist so ziemlich das Gegenteil der "Kultur". Die Menschen sind sowohl körperlich wie geistig unfrei. Starke materielle, körperliche und freiheitliche Beschränkungen sind die Regel. Man fragt sich wieso die "Kultur", die doch irgendwo draußen präsent ist, nicht eingreift?

Aber dann fragt man sich als Antwort auf diese Frage zweierlei:

1. Greift sie, oder einige Ihrer Mitglieder, nicht doch ein?
2. Ob die Menschen auf der Welt nicht besser selber reifen müssten?

Und da die Mitglieder der Kultur ja mitunter recht weitblickend planen, könnten einige der Naturkatastrophen, oder zumindest die nícht-Verhinderung derselben, nämlich des Asteroideneinschlags, nicht vielleicht doch im Zusammenhang mit der Kultur gesehen werden?

Die Kultur glaubt an Selbstbestimmung, würde also Ihre Ideale verletzen, wenn sie offen eingreifen würde. Die Welt hingegen glaubt, mehrheitlich, an die Vorherbestimmung, also gerade an das Gegenteil dessen was die Kultur glaubt.

Und doch sind beide Seiten, "Kultur" und "Die Welt", zumindest was die Wünsche der Menschen angeht, sehr ähnlich.

"Inversions" könnte etwas packender sein. Es ist auf jeden Fall sehr von Vorteil wenn man ein oder zwei der anderen "Kultur"-Geschichten gelesen hat. Aber wie so oft bei Iain M. Banks geht es mehr um die Charaktere und Ihre Motivationen, als um pure Handlung.

Es gibt einige Fragen die nicht beantwortet werden und Raum für Spekulationen offen lassen.
Eine davon ist welche der Personen die in der Erzählung des Leibwächters vorkommen, er selbst sein sollen, und welche die Leibärztin ist.
Welcher der beiden ändert seine Meinung? Und gibt es eine stärkere Verbindung zwischen dem Geheimdienstchef und der Ärztin?

Ich fand die Geschichte sehr interessant, obwohl z.B."Bedenke Phlebas" mehr Immersion mit den Figuren erlaubte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Banks Back In Fine Form, 7. Februar 2000
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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 his more typically engaging and complex narratives. If you have read Banks' earlier science fiction novels that elaborate Culture themes, you should immediately recognize and appreciate the subtle introduction of highly advanced and evolved Culture philosophy and technology to the low tech setting of this book. Chapters alternate between the twin tales of two seemingly unconnected protagonists, who reside in different warring nations on an alien planet with double suns. One state is ruled by a Cromwell-like regicide, the other by a moderately progressive monarch. Indeed, the lives of the two main characters, one a resented, yet capable female physician to the king, and the other a tough, enigmatic bodyguard to the protector, were once closely intertwined when they were younger and lived on an idyllic Culture world together, as one of the bodyguard's stories-within-the-story reveals. Yet on this somewhat primitive and brutal planet inhabited by fractious factions in a largely pre-mechanized stage of development, societies are composed of either wealthy and privileged nobles or wretched peasants in abject squalor, side by side. The two Culture exiles each experience their separate exotic adventures unknown to each other, in parallel but always different, "inverted" realities, which are nonetheless still obliquely interrelated. All in all quite satisfying, if edgy, conclusions to the tales of both main characters are reached, as loose ends are neatly tied up and ambiguities resolved for the careful reader. Fans of Banks will be well pleased with this refreshing and unique variation on familiar motifs.
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