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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This novel, much more than other Banks novels I have read, is a character study, a portrait of two individuals in positions of power at a time of momentous change on this world. Her relationship with Urleyn and her deep friendship with DeWar signify that Perrund an important figure in the narrative, not least because she once saved Urleyn from assassination and was crippled ian a result.

The Protector goes so far as to bar all visitors to his chambers, and even prohibits DeWar from speaking to him unless he is spoken to. Commander Adlain and Dukes Quettil and Ulresile. Super Spoilery stuff has been changed to white text, highlight it to read it. Excession Minds – sentient thinking computers – are the secret stars of the Culture novels, but here they take centre stage. The doctor, with medical knowledge from way beyond the society, is the king’s personal physician and ensures he is healthy whilst occasionally doing other medical duties when required.

I didn’t love this as much as some of the Culture novels. And that is just fucking brilliant.

Discussing Iain M. Banks’ Inversions | the Little Red Reviewer

He did not write sci-fi and literary novels — he was a master of storytelling that combined both. These subtle hints at Urleyn’s character served to generate a growing dislike for him, a man who had such potential for greatness at the onset of the book, but frequently displays unfavourable opinions and actions.

This mysterious narrator relates 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.


It would initially seem that the Protector is the more progressive of the book’s two rulers, disposing of titles such as King, Emperor etc. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

When he opens his eyes he finds Ralinge and his assistants dead, dispatched bloodily, and Vosill free and in the process of removing her bindings, no indication of how she was freed. Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

I would definitely recommend this book, but you must accept that nothing happens, there is no real ending, and there isn’t even a message to it all. Inversions is perhaps the “hardest read” of Banks’ science fiction books exactly because it’s so much on the fringes of sci-fi and hides so much of the “real story” from the readers, forcing you to pay more attention than most sci-fi, which has a tendency to shove it’s ideas in your face even when those ideas are deep and profound.

Discussing Iain M. Banks’ Inversions

I love the format behind it, though — the concept of ‘inversions’ and the dual narrators is genius, with some amazing payoff at the end or towards the beginning, if you’re an astute reader! There is intriguing against both the Doctor and the Bodyguard, for they are foreigners to their lands and not trusted as a result; there is a touch of romance, mostly unrequited; there are surprising philosophical passages that take on ban,s weight as events unfold.

Inversions is about these two characters called “The Doctor” and “The Bodyguard”, each of their stories are told in alternating chapters. Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book. We’re teased with mysteries like how no Drezeni has heard of Dr.

The latter contains much stronger humanist themes, with vivid characters that seem to leap off the page into their own pains and sorrows.

However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the ‘M’ as it appeared banka fussy”. Oelph’s account follows Vosill as she attends to the King regularly, as well as more charitable ministrations to the impoverished and those in need.


Both of them have put themselves in situations where their success or failure directly interferes with the political stability of their respective countries – even the character who supposedly favors non-interference ends up saving a life that ultimately affects the line of succession in that country.

None trust the doctor, while the bodyguard trusts no one, but what is the bankw commonality linking their disparate histories? On a backwards world with six moons, an alert spy reports on the doings of one Dr.

The two narratives never intersect directly, but they are definitely related. It actually has no direct mention of the Culture and takes place on your typical medieval fantasy world where women are secondary citizens. Inversions Culture 6 by Iain M.

In the final chapters, the suspicions that DeWar has had through the book come to fruition, as he works out that Lattens is being poisoned, and the great twist, that Perrund is responsible, and has also killed Urleyn. There will always be loose ends, people who disappear leaving only questions behind them, events that are understood imperfectly, and whose full effects still haven’t been seen.

Nonetheless, the stories and stories within stories are captivating and emotionally engaging. And yet — here’s what I don’t expect from Banks: Elsewhere, in another On a backwards world with six moons, an alert spy reports on the doings of one Dr.

Unless one was a foreigner, of course, or a philosopher. Told from the perspective of two very different characters, one a personal account, one a dramatization of events prior, it is a story about the brutalities of man, war, and sovereignty, but ultimately about a difference of opinion on intervention policy, and a difference of opinion on how that intervention should be executed.

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