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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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This non-Culture novel by Banks tells the story of a far future Earth, in some ways decrepit, archaic and eccentric, now threatened by a global disaster. There are three interweaving stories, hopping between the real world and the "crypt", a computer virtual world where people can live on in digital form a set number of further lives. One concerns a chief government scientist, Gadfium, who is rebelling against the corrupt royal government. Count Sessine is living in the crypt world, and is repeatedly assassinated, as he is contacted by his own earlier self, in order to pursue a secret mission. Finally there is Bascule, who has a pet ant, who is actually an intelligent artificial being. A young rapscallion, he is skilled in the dangerous art of crossing from the real world to the crypt world, but gets caught up in the grander machinations of the other characters, nearly losing his life, but playing a vital role in their success.

Then there is a Messiah figure, Asura, who is born fully formed, into the crypt world, and somehow holds the key to the Earth's survival, but is constantly hounded by darker forces.

This is a complex, intricate story, in some ways far ahead of its time (published originally in 1994), full of whimsy and richness, but is very demanding of its readers. At times it felt a little bloated, and opaque, but there's no denying the usually incredibly exuberant creative abilities of Bank, his hallmark. Not one of my favourite SF novels of his, but nevertheless one that will live long and vividly in my memory. ( )
1 vote RachDan | Jan 2, 2017 |
This was slow going.

It is from multiple viewpoints. Bascule's had cutesy spelling. It has symbols, numbers, phonetic spell of someone with bad pronunciation. I almost gave up. His sections I often had to go over words several times, sounding things out. It took me out of the story.

It was 1/2 for have. 2 for too, two or to.

For example Wel, that woz thi ferry. instead of Well, that was the theory.

I was a little disappointed by the ending. ( )
1 vote nx74defiant | Nov 27, 2016 |
Sadly I do not have the patience to read phonetic, so I have given this one a miss after just three chapters
  sundowneruk | Feb 2, 2016 |
Banks is wondrously inventive, his writing is literary - what more could you ask for?! Though the first-person phonetic English of one of the narrators can take some getting used to, this book is a fun read. Banks makes us think and laugh at ourselves. A quest within a quest and a super good yarn. "Faith is the eye that sees nothing and rejoices in it." ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Iain M Banks went off and wrote a few non-Culture sf books just to prove he could, and what we got was a dazzling, baroque novel about a moribund future Earth about to be swamped by an interstellar dust cloud and the efforts of various parties to activate ancient defense systems which, if they actually exist, may save the day, while the ruling elite for reason of their own, work to thwart these efforts. The book is also notable because fully one third of it is spelled fonetikly, with the result that it's best read in a Scottish accent and probably some sort of literary joke about Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting. It's utterly brilliant. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
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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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