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Excession by Iain Banks

Excession (original 1996; edition 1998)

by Iain Banks

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Authors:Iain Banks
Info:Spectra (1998), Edition: First Thus, Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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Excession by Iain M. Banks (1996)

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    Anathem by Neal Stephenson (elenchus)
    elenchus: Banks also introduces the "out of context" problem central to Anathem, but in a wildly different plot, and universe. Banks is less ontology and more space opera, but I found both books very entertaining, and both Stephenson and Banks sensitive to political questions raised by their respective plots.… (more)

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Dense, and a bit slow going at times, but the ending tied it all together nicely. Solid. A Culture book where the main characters are mostly Minds is an interesting and brain-expanding concept, and he pulled it off quite well. I might rate this higher if it didn't succeed Player of Games and Use of Weapons, because let's be honest, pretty much anything that follows Use of Weapons is going to be a disappointment. ( )
  wirehead | Sep 3, 2018 |
This is the infamous Culture book that's mostly ships talking. Which is not the part I disliked, the ships and their story were cool! But the humans were terribly one-dimensional and felt lazy, which distracted me from the cool Excession and nearly-as-cool intrigue. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
From confusing to extremely freaky to a dénouement that only kind of answered a third of the questions I had about what was going on, I was surprised that I loved it as much as I did. ( )
  picklefactory | Jan 16, 2018 |
Did not finish this one. To tedious. Bit of a disappointment after The Player of Games and Use of Weapons. ( )
  freetrader | Sep 15, 2017 |
Worth reading for the names of the spacecraft, never mind the fact that it is one of the best SF books ever. ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
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It's not easy to disturb a mega-utopia as vast as the one Iain M. Banks has created in his popular Culture series, where life is devoted to fun and ultra-high-tech is de rigueur. But more than two millennia ago the appearance--and disappearance--of a star older than the universe caused quite a stir. Now the mystery is back, and the key to solving it lies in the mind of the person who witnessed the first disturbance 2,500 years ago. But she's dead, and getting her to cooperate may not be altogether easy.

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Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen is swept into a vast conspiracy that could lead the universe to the brink of annihilation when he is selected to investigate the disappearance of an ancient star.

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