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The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

The Hydrogen Sonata (edition 2012)

by Iain M. Banks

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Title:The Hydrogen Sonata
Authors:Iain M. Banks
Info:Orbit (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 528 pages
Collections:Michael's Books Read
Tags:me12, sf, library book, Culture

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The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks



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Бэнкс хороший, но конкретно в данном случае интриг​а довольно слабовата. Из всего цикла про Культуру ​
Тема злобных сварливых ИИ - не раскрыта.​
Тема инопланетных цивилизаций и секретных операций​The Player of Games ) - не раскрыта.
Тема гиганстких мегаломанских конструкций иразмеро​м с планеты, которые красочно взрывают на протяжен​Consider Phlebas ) - не раскрыта.

В общем, ничего за что мы любим Бэнкса тут нет. Мо​жет как раз так и было задумано - показать произво​дственные будни Культуры с их скучной стороны.​

Постскриптум: Бэнкс не был бы Бэнксом, если бы не ​вставил в текст какую-нибудь милую гадость. То у н​его на окраине населенной орбитали племя, которое ​питается мусором и толстый канибалл-проповедник, т​о детальное описание ада с агнем, серой и спермой ​демонов, зараженной паразитами.​
В "Водородной сонате" он ограничился персонажем те​54 пенисами. И еще у него аж четыре сердца, чтобы по​ддерживать в них всех эрекцию. Узнаю руку мастера.​
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  bloodrizer | Nov 19, 2015 |
More mad Culture fun, this time involving a sci-fi Rapture and the complications attending when a deep dark secret, only not really, threatens to come out making life very difficult for people and ships alike. A lot of this is about life and death, immortality and afterlife and meaning and the things you do to pass the time between birth and death and why you even bother, making the whole thing almost painfully poignant and significant as it turned out to be the last Culture novel and the next-to-last Banks novel. This is incredibly sad and at the same time it has all the magnificent bravura, panache, energy and utter disregard for scale that you want from a truly popping space opera with big visionary ideas and brain-melting scenery and blistering action and scathing dialogue between god-like machines and yet the same old fears about life and death and the meaning of it all no matter what the scale. You don't want it to stop. Then it stops. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
Love the Culture series, but it's starting to feel like Banks is phoning it in. ( )
  MGPrelec | Sep 3, 2015 |
Very good. I especially like the image of the Minds as sort of Safari going, psuedo-bravo 19th century English man. ( )
  FarmerNick | Aug 31, 2015 |
By my own star scheme this has to be a five star read because all I did the last two and a half days was rip through it. Helps that I had a couple of days in which that was feasible, otherwise I suppose I would have been sneaking around pretending to be busy and productive when anyone was looking. The story? Who cares, really . . . with Banks it's all in the details. In this one, a ship Mind of the Culture stumbles into a mystery and summons its pals (if ship Minds can said to have a rat pack) and they decide to solve it. A civilization, the Gzilt, is about to Sublime (don't ask) and apparently the civilization that 'mentored' them had a dirty secret. Upon Subliming it is customary to confess such things, but this previous civ. declined to although they left traces of it, specifically in a person who is still alive ten thousand years later . . . Vyr Cossont, a Gzilt musician and Lieut. Cmmdr. no longer on active duty is summoned by Gzilt military to help, because on a musical quest 20 years earlier she actually met this 10,000 year old dude. I've been hoarding Banks, why I cannot say, and I am about to unhoard him and go on a binge, I think! How can you resist ship named Contents May Differ; I was Passing By And Thought I'd Drop In; Just The Washing Chip in Life's Rich Tapestry; You Call This Clean? ( )
  sibyx | Feb 23, 2015 |
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To the memory of
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In the dying days of the Gzilt civilisation, before its long-prepared-for elevation to something better and the celebrations to mark this momentous but joyful occasion, one of its last surviving ships encountered an alien vessel whose sole task was to deliver a very special party-goer to the festivities.
She hadn't forgotten all her military training; one point she certainly recalled being taught was that anything that looked like an outrageous coincidence was probably enemy action.
It would be far preferable if things were better, but they're not, so let's make the most of it. Let's see what fresh fuckwittery the dolts can contrive to torment themselves with this time.
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To Sublime or not?
The Sonata is a fugue
With exploding ships!

To Sublime or not?
Politicians scheme and fix
But the ayes have it.

To Sublime or not?
Nosey Minds may interfere:
Methusela knows.

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Suspected of involvement after the Regimental High Command is destroyed as they prepared to go to a new level of existence called Sublime, Lieutenant Commander Vyr Cossont must find a nine-thousand-year-old man to clear her name.

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