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The ninth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. 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. It begins in the realm of the Real. It begins ...

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Joseph D

Jun 23, 2020

Rollicking Adventure

This story from the world of Iain M. Banks' Culture science fiction world can be read as a standalone novel, as is the case for the rest in the series. Interesting characters develop and have strange adventures. There are a few scary bits regarding virtual Hells and the Intagliate, and these are well-told. There's so much cool technology in the Culture: spaceship Minds, intelligent floating drones, and neural laces to name but three. Not sure how everything in the Culture works, though, without private property and commerce. The bad guy is a businessman in a non-Culture star system.

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