[ [EBOOK] Excession ] by Iain M. Banks – shelving–for–books.co.uk
Iain M. Banks ↠ 4 Free eadGreat invention a vast and limitless space for Banks to explore via the Culture s Contact and Special Circumstances divisions especially the interactions with non Culture empires like the Idirans or in the case of Excession the AffrontExcession probably arose when Banks was sitting at his computer thinking wouldn t it be cool to have a Culture story centered on Minds ather than humans But how can you easily depict the incredibly complex and cerebral interactions motivations stratagems of these AIs that can process a million separate thoughts in a nano second They are so far advanced beyond organic life forms that it s a wonder they even bother dealing with them They often seem to take a paternalistic and indulgent attitude to the humans and other beings
they deal with so the plot of excessiondeal with So the plot of Excession very simple in outline but difficult to grasp in the details A mysterious black body spherical object shows up in a emote corner of space dubbed an Excession and is impervious to most forms of analysis and observation but seemingly is trillions of years old far older than the universe itself This Excession is far too enticing for the Culture along with the inuisitive Elench and hyper aggressive Affront think Vogons minus the poetry So there is a massive mobilization of Ships from various Culture factions and alien species all ushing to figure out what this BDO Big Dumb Object is and whether they can leverage it for their own purposesThe best part of the story is certainly the Minds themselves particularly the names of the Ships Banks has a special genius for inventing clever ironic names for super intelligent AIs Clearly they have enough cognitive power to allow for a highly developed sense of irony Some of my favorite ship names were Fate Amenable to Change Grey Area aka Meatfucker Jaundiced Outlook Shoot them Later Attitude Adjuster Killing Time Frank Exchange of Views Ethics Gradient Sleeper Service Serious Callers Only etc Their names suggest both their mind set and sometimes their agendas but they are mostly entertaining in a very Douglas Adams vein In any case I suspect Excession would Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] reward a carefuleading taking the time to understand the veiled motivations of all the different parties The best parts are the interactions of the Minds with each other As with all of Banks CULTURE books there are casual throwaway The Magnanimous Heart references to intriguing ideas that could form the basis of their own stories But basically this is story about the AIs and a scattering of humans involved in inscrutable schemes surrounding the Excession I have to admit that I listened to the audiobook and had trouble following the plot details as well as the large cast of AIs aliens and humans If you are already a fan of Banks CULTURE series this is probably a 4 star book but if you are new to his milieu I wouldn tecommend the audiobook approach even though the narrator Peter Kenny who does all the Culture books does an excellent and hilarious job with a host of different voices It s just a bit too much to keep straight Better to ead this one in hardcopy Foolish childMake all hasteA BDO novel taking place in the Culture universe Will the law of diminishing eturns apply There is so much weirdness and wonder in the Culture already how much value can an artefact add to the heady mix Possibility Culture universe not well suited for BDO sense of wonder stories Possibility Dilution of impactLet s try and eview this thing The drone felt calm thinking as coldly and detachedly as it could for those few moments on the background to its current predicament and detachedly as it could for those few moments on the background to its current predicament was prepared it was eady and it was no ordinary machineThe novel wasn t uite what I had envisioned but that doesn t come as much of a surprise It deals predominantly with the eaction of the Culture and specifically a collective of ship minds to the appearance of the Excession of the title also known as an Outside Context Problem There is a lot of maneuvering and build up as events are put into motion to deal with the artefact and to determine whether it is a threat Ship mind psychology and ship mind politics take centre stage which distinguishes this story from the novels that came before What s there are factions of ship minds exploiting the eappearance of the Excession to further their own agendas Expect conspiracies Expect fireworks This was different Nothing like this had been seen in the galaxy since the worst days of the Idiran war five hundred years earlier and even then not One Day in December remotely on such a scale This was terrifyingI enjoyed Excession but I found it a challengingead Initially I didn t identify strongly with the ship minds and their techspeak uite innovativ. Ck body sphere and it did nothing Then it disappeared Now it is back'Banks is a phenomenon wildly successful fearlessly creative' William Gibson'Thrilling affecti. Early on it felt like there were too many characters too many plot threads too many settings and that Excession was too damn convoluted to be good Iain M Banks Excession was living up to the definition of its title Excession something excessive Excessively aggressive excessively powerful excessively expansionist whatever Such things turned up or were created now and again Encountering an example of was one of the Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts risks youan when you went a wanderingIt was a true slog to get into but then somewhere around the time Byr Genar Hofoen was on his way to the GSV Sleeper Service and that ship was busy waking up folk from its battle tableux I found myself comfortable in Banks most sprawling Culture novel if taken in order to dateIt was difficult to keep everything straight and difficult to care what was going on in every thread of the tale and the work doesn t eally pay off in a big pay off kinda way but there are some positives to take away from the experience of eading ExcessionFor one this is Banks finest expression of the ship mind I have ead nothing past Excession so there may be better to come He makes us privy to discussions of ships that make up the Interesting Times Gang an unofficial branch of the Culture s Special Circumstances who are steeped in a conspiracy to deliver a crushing blow to the upstart Affronter society by using the appearance of an Excession an Outside Context Problem OCP which takes the shape of a spherical nothingness tapped into energy outlets in the skein of hypervoluminous space But he takes us further than communication between the great ship minds and into the minds of Eccentric ships and Pseudo Eccentric Ships And Traitor ships and Traitor and Warships It is a bit of
mind bending journey and is some of the hardestA Mind Bending Journey And
Sci Fi that Banks has writtenBut Banks also offers some compelling human interaction orbiting aroundFi that Banks has writtenBut Banks also offers some compelling human interaction orbiting around Hofoen to keep us grounded in the familiarity of humanityI was exhausted by the end and I am tempted to be unforgiving about the length of time it took me to eally engage with Excession and the ending was ultimately unsatisfactory but I still found myself not wanting to put the book down I loved too many of the characters ships and humans and drones and Affronter alike to let them go I wanted Excession to go on for another thousand pages but it didn t It s never ideal when a book leaves me wanting but that s a hell of a lot better than leaving me wanting the book to end So if you Out of the Box re a Banks fan I can say uite confidently that this is a mustead not his best but worth the time If you The First Secret of Edwin Hoff re not a Banks fan however stay away This will not endear you to the mangenius though he may be connection between literature and video games is one of my favorite topics I was thrilled to get to write for Torcom about one of the best science fiction books I veead Excession by Iain M Banks and its connection to Sid Meier s Civilization which along with Romance of the Three Kingdoms was one of the most addicting games of my lifeIf Use of Weapons was a psychological investigation into the world of the Culture Excession is a philosophical excavation featuring the AI Minds going to war The Culture have come across an ancient artifact that is a perfect black body sphere the size of a mountain and a dead star that was at least fifty times older than the universe Its disappearance and eappearance decades later spurs off a string of events that make for one of the most frenetic entertaining and metaphysical science fiction narratives I ve eadChanging my eview score to 5 I d had some eservations about the ending and the human arc initially but I have to admit almost a year later Excession has slowly crept its way up to become the Culture book that along with Player of Games has stuck with me the most This was an awesome and fun País íntim review I did with Joe Owens and Kyle Muntz about a year ago and I m probably going to do a follow up somewhere I m also finally going through Matter and while it s cool I miss hearing the Culture Minds which has been one of the best parts of Excessionhttpentropymagorgexcessioneview45 stars My thoughts to come soon Loved it Arguably one of the most fast paced and tense Culture books yet The Minds are Under Lock and Key really badass I just had some issues with the ending and the human characters but will write on that later 0 Excession Too complex for meat based life forms to understandExcession is the fourth book in Iain M Banks CULTURE series I ll assume you already know the far future decadent post scarcity intergalactic empire of the Culture dominated by its mostly benign AIs known as Minds and its trillions of citizens some human and others exotic It s Two and a half millennia ago the artifact appeared in aemote corner of space beside a trillion year old dying sun from a different universe It was a perfect bla. E Fortunately I was eventually able to settle into a hythm
and extricate the complexities of the various sub plots As for the artefact itself its capabilities are ather interesting and potentiallyextricate the complexities of the various sub plots As for the artefact itself its capabilities are ather interesting and potentially It isn t by definition a big dumb object either because there s nothing dumb about it In the end it s a morality play Everybody Means Well Even Though well even though are at odds with one another Typical Banks with lots of shades of grey Excession delves deeply into the psychology of the minds and their capabilities As such there is no Cheradenine Zakalwe or Jernau Morat Gurgeh or their euivalent to be found here Actually because of the hedonistic nature of the Culture societies the human characters that do feature here are petty churlish and shallow In fact the human drama component of Excession is so overly melodramatic it s the Something Wicked reason I knocked off a star self perpetuating pregnancyeally Here was the vast enfolding darkness the sheer astringent emptiness of space colossal writ wide and deep across the entire sensorial Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover realm an unending presagement of consummate grace and meaninglessness togetherWhen the book takes off it does so spectacularly Space combat shows off the awesome might of the Culture ships hint it s impressive There are also some awesome constructs such as God shole an Affrontering habitat with a black hole at its hub Pittance a chunk of expelled planet core with gigantic hangars filled with latent warships or the vast stepped habitat Tier original builders unknown This is a bit of a throwback to the sprawling sense of wonder of Consider Phlebas What they had all agreed they would prefer would be to be woken only as a prelude to joining the Culture s ultimate Sublimation if and when that became the society s choice Until then they would be content to slumber in their dark halls the war gods of past wrath implicitly guarding the peace of the present and the security of the futureIt s a difficult book to Freud and His Followers rate sub plots take off in unexpected directions and focuses at seemingly unrelated events at weird intervals In the end everything comes together but it s not such a smoothide It isn t meant to be With so many ship minds featuring in the story it is a challenge Pjesme remembering who is who and what faction they belong to Having said that Banks does go to some length to establish individual traits for the minds consider for example the naming conventions Despite what may sound like criticism it s actually a twisty butewarding story that greatly adds to Culture lore More than enough intrigue and action to keep me happyRecommended for Culture junkies 4 stars should suffice Casual eaders should probably start elsewhere Don t be so naive as to imagine that Minds don t employ strong arm methods now and again or that in a matter esounding with such importance any ship would think twice about sacrificing another consciousness for such a prize This happens to be exactly what I wanted when I wanted it I wanted intelligent galaxy spanning space opera with a handful of baseline humans getting caught up in an existential conundrum that the far superior AI Ships and Main Characters had to faceAnd we even get a BDO to spark an enormous intergalactic war Woo Woo Of course the BDO big dumb object is nothing of the sort In fact it might be smarter than all of them combined Who knows I loved the speculationLife love sex conspiracy extremely high stakes this novel eally pretty much had it all but I think I had the most fun chuckling over all those damn ship names I Blame Your Mother I Blame My Mother Use Psychology Jaundiced Outlook It s Character Forming Unacceptable Behaviour Serious Callers Only and Meat Fucker just to name a uick few that tickled my fancyThis novel kept my attention much better than the previous novels but honestly I think I liked those previous ones better on the e ead than the first shot Maybe I m just getting used to Banks s writing at long last or all my fancies were tickled in just the ight measure in just the A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal right timesThese are of a higher uality Space Opera than practically anything else out there but it s of a very particular sort Tongue In Cheek Absolutely Out to prove that a beneficent galactic society can still have someeal humdingers for stories despite the apparent lack of conflict You bet It s like a master s course in Proving It Can Be Done despite all the doomsayers It s nothing like any kind of Space Opera I ve ever Nacht read again Still Continuing on It s pretty damn awesomeI want to continue these Culture novels like something fierce but I have so much on my plate already I ll schedule them for one a month from now on and savour them in delight. Ng and comic probably the finest science fiction he has written to date' New Scientist'Banks hasewritten the libretto for the whole space opera genre' The Times.
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