Inversions is a Culture series novel by the noted British author Iain M Banks. If I had to sum up Inversions with one word it would probably be “Different”. Taking a bit of a break from Hugo stuff (but not really), today I’m talking about Iain M. Banks’ Inversions, which I’m reading along with kamo of. Inversions (Culture) [Iain M. Banks] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Iain M. Banks, the international bestselling author of The Player of.

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Oct 12, Megan Baxter rated it really liked it. As Banks stated, this is his Culture novel that wasn’t really a Culture novel, and I admit that I was in fact expecting at least some explicit clarification toward the end, with a drone or innversions hips appearing, or one of the characters explaining who they are and who they work for.

The difficulty bankx that without those two bits of information that so many others cavalierly spoiled, there’s very little way to talk about the book.

What are your favourite Iain M Banks novels? But first inversoons old scores must be settled. Small, kind of obvious spoiler for Inversions in the penultimate paragraph, but otherwise a safe and interesting read. In many ways it’s about life and the way people interact with people.

Ultimately, the stories end, but as with the other Culture novel I have read, the ending is pretty damned emotionally unsatisfactory. I am pleased to say that I felt no such sense of being on the outside in Inversions.

Later, she claims that Oelph fell unconscious and the three men fought over who would rape her first, though she indicates to him that this is what he “should” remember. View all 4 comments.

Some days later Vosill receives a note from Adlain, asking her to meet him and two other Dukes elsewhere in the castle. DeWar attempts to in some way comfort her, but she quickly demands he return her to the harem.

There is little for me to say about the two stories being told; inverxions little happens. The King himself is appreciative of her and her talents, but nonetheless her elevated position in defiance of the kingdom’s social mores inspires hostility among others of the court. The lady, I gathered, is the wife to some lord, has no education, no career, and nothing better to do than attend society balls, but still believes herself better than the doctor, despite the doctor being a highly educated and intelligent medical professional.


It’s in his “Culture” series of novels, but that’s only shown by a couple of minor details.

Beam Piper 3 H. In a tense confrontation, the negative attributes of the Protector’s character and leadership come together as Perrund explains how he and his squadron once raped inversiond and her family, killing her parents but allowing Perrund to escape. This site uses cookies. Either that or I am a more discerning reader than everyone else. Of course this is a Banks book regardless of the imaginationless setting.

Inversions, a book by Iain M Banks | Book review

The two narratives never intersect directly, but they are definitely related. It’s tackle one idea and on bxnks the next. Doctor Vossil is more subtle, intervening with suggestions and behind the scenes. The second, interleaved storyline is told by an initially unnamed narrator, remaining unnamed so as to provide a neutral context for the narrative.

Discussing Iain M. Banks’ Inversions

This mysterious narrator inveraions two parallel tales, one of the King’s physician named Vosill in a country called Haspidus, and one of the General Protector’s bodyguard called DeWar in a country called Tassasen, across the mountains from Haspidus.

Oh, and regarding the debate about whether this is “really” a Culture book, Iain Banks’ official website lists Inversions as a Culture book. Chock bank up to my lack of sophistication. Trivia About Inversions Cultu The final published Culture novel was a return to top form for Banks.

Another character who makes frequent appearances throughout the book is the Protector’s confidant, an ex-Concubine named Perrund. We go along with interesting tales only to have a reveal that shatters our understanding of ivnersions we read. Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata Use dmy dates from August The book is set on an unknown planet which is ostensibly similar to medieval Earth with various kingdoms and no technology.

The story is at once intensely annoying in its lack of answers at a level only beaten for me by The Alien Years by Robert Silverberg, where the extremely infuriatingly annoying ending is at the same time genius while at the same time on the surface the stories that are “complete” – the main protagonists, the Doctor and the bodyguard, each serving their respective rulers, conclude their “missions” with varying results.


Other than this, however, the book is basically storytelling in a medieval context–good enough storytelling to merit four stars from this satisfied reader. Best to get it out of the way early though, I think. But if you’ve read the other Culture novels, the book is littered with hints that the two main characters whose respective stories are intertwined, forming the “inversions”, are clearly Culture.

Definitely a solid 4. Nonetheless, this act only reinforces DeWar’s fears of a traitor.

Speculiction Review of “Inversions” by Iain M. Banks

View all 3 comments. Two journals, two narratives run parallel in an unnamed world experiencing a sort of Renaissance. The bodyguard is present in a kingdom completely different from doctor, in his land they do not have kings but the head of the state is called as the protector. The book takes place on a fictional planet resembling late- Middle Ages Europe. The ship leaves sometime later, Vosill nowhere to be seen on board. The main twist in the format is that we only see it from the confused lens of the inhabitants of the planet.

Email required Address never made public. With Inversions we get, um, an inversion I guess, of what Banks seems to normally do with his Culture stories. Commander Adlain and Dukes Quettil and Ulresile. We just don’t get to read the whys and hows. I almost wish I had been able to read this book without knowing about the Culture connections, since discovering them unprompted would have been a delight.

There are 2 separate stories taking place in different parts of the world, each one told in alternating chapters, but the narrator of one section tells us on the prologue they I loved this so much.

Sep 18, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: I give this book 2. While the boy slowly recovers, DeWar tells him stories of a “magical land” vanks Lavishia, a place where “every man was a king, every woman a queen”.

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