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Surface Detail (Culture, #9) It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.It begins with a murder.And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.Lededje Y breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release when it comes is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture.Benevolent, enlightened and almost infinitely resourceful though it may be, the Culture can only do so much for any individual With the assistance of one of its most powerful and arguably deranged warships, Lededje finds herself heading into a combat zone not even sure which side the Culture is really on A war brutal, far reaching is already raging within the digital realms that store the souls of the dead, and it s about to erupt into reality.It started in the realm of the Real and that is where it will end It will touch countless lives and affect entire civilizations, but at the center of it all is a young woman whose need for revenge masks another motive altogether. Best Download [ Surface Detail (Culture, #9) ] Author [ Iain M. Banks ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – quickpaydayloansonlineuk.co.uk

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  1. A war in hell, for the fate of hell What Is this a Culture novel, one of huge Space Operatic dimensions, Ship Mega Minds, nearly ascendant alien cultures and encroaching afterlifes Wait Afterlife Sure Virtual hells made for elephantine aliens with enormous virtual wars to take up their attention so it doesn t have to spill over into the real.It s civilized, don t you know Of course, you can t say that for the people being TORTURED FOR ETERNITY within them sigh This one happens to be my abs A war in hell, for the fate of hell What Is this a Culture novel, one of huge Space Operatic dimensions, Ship Mega Minds, nearly ascendant alien cultures and encroaching afterlifes Wait Afterlife Sure Virtual hells made for elephantine aliens with enormous virtual wars to take up their attention so it doesn t have to spill over into the real.It s civilized, don t you know Of course, you can t say that for the people being TORTURED FOR ETERNITY within them sigh This one happens to be my absolute favorite of all the Culture Novels I haven t read the 10th yet, but it s going to have to work double time to beat this one.I love all the characters, from the Eccentric Drones to the debt enslaved victim of hell and her lover of oh so tragic fate Learning how to become a demon to escape the victim s fate is pretty tragic, after all And through this, the Culture si...

  2. I was surprised to find that this book presents an almost perfect example of a philosophical problem that s been bothering me recently, to the extent that I even wrote a short paper about it Briefly, and without giving away any spoilers, the core thread in Surface Detail is about the ethics of inflicting pain, or what looks like pain, on simulated beings The conceit is that many societies in the Iain Banks Culture universe have traditions of an afterlife which resembles our idea of Hell The I was surprised to find that this book presents an almost perfect example of a philosophical problem that s been bothering me recently, to the extent that I even wrote a short paper about it Briefly, and without giving away any spoilers, the core thread in Surface Detail is about the ethics of inflicting pain, or what looks like pain, on simulated beings The conceit is that many societies in the Iain Banks Culture universe have traditions of an afterlife which resembles our idea of Hell Their advanced technologies have made it possible actually to construct these infernal realms in simulated form, copying the mind states of deceased beings to them so that they will undergo a simulation of eternal punishment.In the book, Galactic society is sharply divided concerning the morality of the idea Some s...

  3. Iain M Banks was taken away from us too soon He was a genius of prose, structure, characterization and all kinds of SFnal ideas by all accounts his mainstream fiction published under the name of Iain Banks with no M is also so great.Reading Iain M Banks ischallenging than most sci fi authors though, his novel s structure and plotline are often very complex, byzantine even but the reader s effort is always rewarded With Surface Detail Banks takes about 70 pages to set up the pie Iain M Banks was taken away from us too soon He was a genius of prose, structure, characterization and all kinds of SFnal ideas by all accounts his mainstream fiction published under the name of Iain Banks with no M is also so great.Reading Iain M Banks ischallenging than most sci fi authors though, his novel s structure and plotline are often very complex, byzantine even but the reader s effort is always rewarded With Surface Detail Banks takes about 70 pages to set up the pieces and introduce the characters before the narrative settles down enough for me to familiarize myself with the characters and the situation Having said that, the first few chapters are immediately interesting though a little perplexing In this early section of the book Banks introduces quite a few point of view protagonists in mysterious and weird locations Banks clears up most of the perplexities by gradually unfolding hisoutlandish ideas with...

  4. How do I love thee, Culture universe Let me count the ways by playing Culture bingo Awesome tech checkFor starters, we have the standard fare of neural laces, AIs, drug glands, etc etc, everything that makes the Culture a level 8 civ Today s main course is a Bulbitian, an ancient ship and a talking singularity For desert, have a virtual Hell Oh my.Cool aliens sorta checkA clear majority of pan human players this time, but you gotta love the GFCF Plus, the Pavuleans are likeelephants o How do I love thee, Culture universe Let me count the ways by playing Culture bingo Awesome tech checkFor starters, we have the standard fare of neural laces, AIs, drug glands, etc etc, everything that makes the Culture a level 8 civ Today s main course is a Bulbitian, an ancient ship and a talking singularity For desert, have a virtual Hell Oh my.Cool aliens sorta checkA clear majority of pan human players this time, but you gotta love the GFCF Plus, the Pavuleans are likeelephants or something I can t quite remember.Best AIs in science fiction check The Culture ships will never not be amazing And funny Oh to be on a GSV just once.Humour checkDemeisen, anyone Banks should get awards for the way writes human machine interaction Minor niggle Not enough drones this time Physics I don t get checkCome on There s a Talking SINGULARITY Boom.Unp...

  5. Well, it was better than Matter But to me at least, Banks flaws are really beginning to start to irritate.Banks seems completely unwilling to let anything actually challenge his precious Culture The typical story arc is to develop some sort of nominally galaxy threatening challenge to the Culture, which, near the end of the book, he ll reveal to be pathetically overmatched by the most trivial exercise of Culture might which arrives to aid the protagonist in all of its omnipotent dues ex ma Well, it was better than Matter But to me at least, Banks flaws are really beginning to start to irritate.Banks seems completely unwilling to let anything actually challenge his precious Culture The typical story arc is to develop some sort of nominally galaxy threatening challenge to the Culture, which, near the end of the book, he ll reveal to be pathetically overmatched by the most trivial exercise of Culture might which arrives to aid the protagonist in all of its omnipotent dues ex machina glory right at the end thereby killing the tension he developed so carefully as easily as it kills the mustach...

  6. Banks is one of my all time favourites, but had put out some disappointments recently Algebraist and Matter were just plain no good Some of the straight fiction stuff had also been really below par, but he s put out Transitions and now this and I m ready to say all is forgiven There are some cookie cutter chapters, where you think that he s repeating scenes and characters and just varying the outlandish architecture hunt scene cruel game unusual dinner and pretending that it s something el Banks is one of my all time favourites, but had put out some disappointments recently Algebraist and Matter were just plain no good Some of the straight fiction stuff had also been really below par, but he s put out Transitions and now this and I m ready to say all is forgiven There are some cookie cutter chapters, where you think that he s repeating scenes and characters...

  7. First things first does anyone else picture Demeisen as David Tennant Gaunt, gangling, fast talking, humorous, with a tendency to switch within moments from cheerful to scarily intense, and with a jaunty enthusiasm for sharing viewpoints thatuhhave a tendency to fall outside the usual moral constraints Every time Demeisen talked, I heard David Tennant.Now the actual plot Surface Detail centers around the concept of afterlives, and hell well, hells in particular Many civilized cul First things first does anyone else picture Demeisen as David Tennant Gaunt, gangling, fast talking, humorous, with a tendency to switch within moments from cheerful to scarily intense, and with a jaunty enthusiasm for sharing viewpoints thatuhhave a tendency to fall outside the usual moral constraints Every time Demeisen talked, I heard David Tennant.Now the actual plot Surface Detail centers around the concept of afterlives, and hell well, hells in particular Many civilized cultures had some basis for hell in their faiths, and when digital afterlives became a reality, they projected these beliefs onto the new realities Without Hell, they argue, there is no moral center, no consequence for evil actions Other civilizations the Culture in particular consider the idea of entombing sentient beings into eternal torment to be barbaric And this is something that t...

  8. When one rates an audiobook, is one rating the quality of the underlying written work, the quality of the audio version, or both I suppose I ll just clarify that my five star rating applies to both in this case.Surface Detail is the latest of the Culture Novels from Iain M Banks The wait for this one was worth it I think I m ready to say that Use of Weapons has finally been supplanted as the best of the Culture books.I ll write a proper review of Surface Detail, the book, after I ve read the When one rates an audiobook, is one rating the quality of the underlying written work, the quality of the audio version, or both I suppose I ll just clarify that my five star rating applies to both in this case.Surface Detail is the latest of the Culture Novels from Iain M Banks The wait for this one was worth it I think I m ready to say that Use of Weapons has finally been supplanted as the best of the Culture books.I ll write a proper review of Surface Detail, the book, after I ve read the hardcopy For now I ll make a couple of points.First, I love how the shock and consequences of the Idiran War continue to resonate across 1,500 years of Culture history Fascinating stuff How long will the shock of World War II resonate ...

  9. If you re not already a citizen if only in dreams of the Culture then Surface Detail is not your path to naturalization This is not to say that this isn t a worthy part of the Culture mythology it is I enjoyed reading it, meeting a fewof the Culture s citizens and learning a bitabout how its nonhierarchic, anarcho communist civilization works But that may be why non Culture aficionados shouldn t start off with this book It s heavy with unexplained Culture jargon e.g., Subl If you re not already a citizen if only in dreams of the Culture then Surface Detail is not your path to naturalization This is not to say that this isn t a worthy part of the Culture mythology it is I enjoyed reading it, meeting a fewof the Culture s citizens and learning a bitabout how its nonhierarchic, anarcho communist civilization works But that may be why non Culture aficionados shouldn t start off with this book It s heavy with unexplained Culture jargon e.g., Sublimed races, the Ulteriors, Special Circumstances, the Idiran...

  10. I m a big Banks fan in both of his incarnations He s one of the giants for me, of SF and plain fiction in general As with all the Culture novels he has the outstanding Culture mythos backdrop to the story and like all his books he mixes original ideas with a range of characters that evoke sympathy and dislike in the reader, sometimes in the same character This book has a brilliant central idea do read this to find out what it is and several threads to the plot line Now this where a lot o I m a big Banks fan in both of his incarnations He s one of the giants for me, of SF and plain fiction in general As with all the Culture novels he has the outstanding Culture mythos backdrop to the story and like all his books he mixes original ideas with a range of characters that evoke sympathy and dislike in the reader, sometimes in the same character This book has a brilliant central idea do read this to find out what it is and several threads to the plot line Now this w...

  11. I am taking a break from Iain M Banks, I have decided To be precise, I decided this about halfway through this book, when the meandering plot and lots of torture not approval of torture, but lots of it were taking their toll I stand by that I was initially thinking of it as a permanent break, but the end of Surface Detail somehow convinced me that while I might need a break, perhaps even of a year or two, I may come back and finish off the Culture novels at some point Note The rest of th I am taking a break from Iain M Banks, I have decided To be precise, I decided this about halfway through this book, when the meandering plot and lots of torture not approval of torture, but lots of it were taking their toll I stand by that I was initially thinking of it as a permanent break, but the end of Surface Detail somehow convinced me that while I might need a break, perhaps even of a year or two, I may come back and finish off the Culture novels...

  12. INTRODUCTION Iain M Banks early Culture books, Use of Weapons , Consider Phlebas and The Player of Games as well as the standalone Against a Dark Background are among my top sff books of all time, with Use of Weapons which I hope to review by year end still at 1 after 18 years since my first read and many re reads in the meantime.Last year s Transition was my number 1 sff novel of the year and this year Surface Detail will be most likely 1 sff of the year Actually as structure g INTRODUCTION Iain M Banks early Culture books, Use of Weapons , Consider Phlebas and The Player of Games as well as the standalone Against a Dark Background are among my top sff books of all time, with Use of Weapons which I hope to review by year end still at 1 after 18 years since my first read and many re reads in the meantime.Last year s Transition was my number 1 sff novel of the year and this year Surface Detail will be most likely 1 sff of the year Actually as structure goes, Transition was a pretty complex novel that required at least one reread for full appreciation, while Surface Detail is straightforward, though of course rereading it brings a fuller appreciation.Surface Detail is also a Culture novel, the best since the early three and the first in which the global vision of the Culture as part of a well developed galactic community that started in Excession and Look to Windward, while being ...

  13. There seems to be an epidemic of weak editing these days Surface Detail is sadly not immune, either on the typographical words and punctuation missing or misplaced or stylistic poor word choice, lack of clarity front It s not a major impediment, but it s disappointing.Iain M Banks Culture books tend to exceptionally well written, but also be dry, distant, and complex Surface Detail is no exception Characters with long, difficult names abound, and there are several plots and sub plots, There seems to be an epidemic of weak editing these days Surface Detail is sadly not immune, either on the typographical words and punctuation missing or misplaced or stylistic poor word choice, lack of clarity front It s not a major impediment, but it s disappointing.Iain M Banks Culture books tend to exceptionally well written, but also be dry, distant, and complex Surface Detail is no exception Characters with long, difficult names abound, and there are several plots and sub plots, most of which come loosely together at the end In fact, the epilogue relies on readers memory of another Culture book from some years ba...

  14. Wow The first three quarters of this book are so stunning in the sheer scale of their creativity while managing to move the plot along at athan acceptable pace My head swam every time I put the book down, and most of the time I was only putting it down in order to allow my tiny brain to catch up with the depth, the detail, and the creative heights that this book reaches, and also to absorb and reflect on the consequences of some of the concepts and customs he introduces.The characters ar Wow The first three quarters of this book are so stunning in the sheer scale of their creativity while managing to move the plot along at athan acceptable pace My head swam every time I put the book down, and most of the time I was only putting it down in order to allow my tiny brain to catch up with the depth, the detail, and the creative heights that this book reaches, and also to absorb and reflect on the consequences of some of the concepts and customs he introduces.The characters are, as always, utterly convincing I can think of no other author who can create such deeply technical and outre worlds, technology and people, while staying as relaxed and smirkingly amusing as Banks seems to do in such an off hand way There were times, such as during the introduction to the virtual Hells, that I found myself with a lump in my throat and a tea...