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Feersum Endjinn (original 1994; edition 1994)

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Title:Feersum Endjinn
Authors:Iain M Banks
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Info:Orbit Books (1994), Edition: 7th Edition, Paperback, 279 pages
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Honestly, just read it. Utterly, speechlessly incredible. What's more, Iain managed to preempt text-speak by about a decade whilst simultaneously building a world that was clearly the inspiration for The Matrix, but to a deeper level of complexity and intrigue - bundled in with typical Banksian humour. A timeless classic. ( )
  scodenton | Jul 24, 2014 |
Definitely a worthwhile read. The setting was unusual--a castle built as if for giants, a landscape more than proper architecture; and then the virtual world of the Crypt, where life continues after death, and which is a strange place indeed. The characters are rather strange as well--for example, a talking ant named Ergates, friend of a boy named Bascule, whose sections of narration are spelled phonetically, which takes a little getting used to, but his 'voice' comes through distinctly. With the approaching doom of Earth, and without a means to evacuate its population, the only hope is high inside the 'fast-tower'--but though previous attempts have been made to ascend it, the way is blocked and no one has yet succeeded.

And, I'm sure others could explain better than I can. In any case, the best thing to do is just to read the book. This is the first of Mr. Banks' novels I've read, though I've had a number of them lined up for a while. I'll have to read some more of his work in the new future, based on my enjoyment of this book. ( )
  -sunny- | Jul 15, 2014 |
Definitely a worthwhile read. The setting was unusual--a castle built as if for giants, a landscape more than proper architecture; and then the virtual world of the Crypt, where life continues after death, and which is a strange place indeed. The characters are rather strange as well--for example, a talking ant named Ergates, friend of a boy named Bascule, whose sections of narration are spelled phonetically, which takes a little getting used to, but his 'voice' comes through distinctly. With the approaching doom of Earth, and without a means to evacuate its population, the only hope is high inside the 'fast-tower'--but though previous attempts have been made to ascend it, the way is blocked and no one has yet succeeded.

And, I'm sure others could explain better than I can. In any case, the best thing to do is just to read the book. This is the first of Mr. Banks' novels I've read, though I've had a number of them lined up for a while. I'll have to read some more of his work in the new future, based on my enjoyment of this book. ( )
  -sunny- | Jul 15, 2014 |
Non-Culture book set on an imperiled, decadent far-future Earth. Told from various viewpoints, including a character who writes phonetically - so all of those chapters are too! Imagines a cyberspace that has existed for so long, it has become "natural", with its own ecology and inhabitants. Excellent characters as in most of Banks' works, and a tight, fast-paced story.
  Clevermonkey | May 29, 2014 |
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Then, it was as though everything was stripped away: sensation, memory, self, even the notion of existence that underlies reality - all seems to have vanished utterly, their passing marked only by the realisation that they had disappeared, before that too ceased to have any meaning, and for an indefinite, infinite instant, there was only the awareness of something; something that possessed no mind, no purpose and no thought, except the knowledge that it was.
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In a future where the ancients have long since departed Earth for the stars, those left behind live complacent lives filled with technological marvels they no longer understand. Then a cosmic threat known as the Encroachment begins a devastating ice age on Earth, and it sets in motion a series of events that will bring together a cast of original characters who must struggle through war, political intrigues and age-old mysteries to save the world. (B 4worned, 1 oph Banx' carrokters theenx en funetic inglish, which makes for some tough reading but also some innovative prose.)

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A cloud of space dust is advancing on Earth, threatening to destroy all life. The task of saving the planet falls to the Chapel Engineers, an organization of scientific consciences, many of whose bodies are dead, plugged into a computer network.

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