From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, far-future Culture (The Player of Games, , etc.). Set in the remote future, Banks’s (Feersum Endjinn) latest novel mounts a galactic-scale space opera, or, to be more exact, a space opera buffa. The Culture, a. Joining me for this review of the fourth book in Iain M. Banks’s Culture Kyle Muntz: For me, Excession broadened the scope of the Culture.

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The ship’s avatar called itself Amorphia, which apparently meant something reasonably profound in a language Dajeil did not know and had never considered worth studying. Nothing else in the camp was moving. Combat exdession cloud implicitly originating a point milliseconds from excession’s current position.

Dajeil Gelian looked up to the clouds again, and the sky beyond. Having conquered all the present with such ruthlessness, did they embark on a campaign to defeat the future too, make it love them as we all pretend to?

I guess the best I can say is that every reread brings me something new. Praise for the Culture series: Genar-Hofoen had visited this particular nest space before on a few occasions.

Excession (Novel)

The drone had only the briefest warning of the suit’s bolstered gun exploding; until that instant the gun hadn’t even been apparent to the machine’s senses, shielded somehow. Others again looked on with the sort of expression Genar-Hofoen had learned to recognise as a smirk. This book made me laugh out loud on many occasions in pure delight of the staggering and almost b After struggling through Use of Weapons a few pages at a time, determined not to let it beat me, this book was a breath of fresh air.

But if so, why not just openly go to war? A few made it.

It wondered if the sensor and weaponry systems degradation was real. Tishlin’s representation sat forward, putting excessipn arms on the table. Oct 15, Lori rated it really liked it. Excesssion himself has described the actions of some of the Minds in the novel as akin to “barbarian kings presented with the promise of gold in the hills. Humans don’t get off much better. Genar-Hofoen was mildly impressed. The displacer was programmed to… oh, just read my brains; I’m not sore but I’m tired.


After being introduced to a iai character who had chosen to be pregnant for 40 years, and then an emissary for a nearby alien civilization where the all-male representatives publicly brag about how many females they’ve impregnated through rape, I was seriously put off.

Biography of a Place August 3, The stories and characters are all so interesting and just to experience this world of SciFi makes reading that genre interesting and exciting again. In fact I keep telling them it’ll be a edcession thing for Culture-Affront relations. Ordinarily Genar-Hofoen had the suit appear milkily silver to an Affronter over most of its surface while keeping the hands and head transparent.

Thinking about all that had happened. I have found myself appreciating each one more than the last, presumably as the result of coming to feel ever more at home in the Culture.

The continuing awesomeness of the Sleeper Service! The cast of thousands approach doesn’t really help. I have a hollow feeling in my stomach, as if someone just reached their hand down my throat and pulled some of my internal organs out. This Excession is far too enticing for the Culture, along with the inquisitive Elench and hyper-aggressive Affront think Vogons minus the poetry.

After I had finished I had to go and read up online to make sure I got everything I was supposed to. Its fields mirrored what they could; the rest roasted the machine to white heat and started to seep inside its body, beginning to destroy its more vulnerable components. My favorite Mind was the Killing Time.


An “excession,” in Banks’ parlance, is something that comes from outside the star-spanning Culture’s comfortable context—something excessive, beyond the pale. Nah, I thought the same thing.

Description The fifth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks was last modified: I want to continue these Culture novels like something fierce, but I have so much on my plate already. In Use of Weapons we find that the guy we were reading about is really the other guy we were reading about.

The stalks’ gaze rose and dipped, looking the man up and down. The noise was a roar so deep he felt it in his chest. This is not say that Banks is the perfect storyteller. I must stop running.

Hiding in the darkness, the drone suspected it was already too late. What’s the Name o An “excession,” in Banks’ parlance, is something that What sort of gift can you get for the Culture that has everything?

Excession – Wikipedia

What we have is a straight forward adventure Genar-Hofoen who lives with the Affront and aggressive expanding civilisation and their exceesion to claim a space artifact called the Excession. Against the wishes of the Sleeper. The drone curved through the air, bounced off another wall and the floor and raced into the hull-wall companionway to find a machine similar to itself screaming towards it. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. A sledge full of face-workers was being exceszion down the huge gash in the ice; he could make out the sullen, pinched faces of the men, bundled in uniforms and clothes that were little better than rags.