It is AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of. Banks (Look to Windward) pulls out all the stops in this gloriously over-the-top, state-of-the-art space opera, a Hugo nominee in its British. The Algebraist is peak Iain M. Banks. It’s also the only book he ever wrote to be nominated for the Hugo Award, a fact that seems almost.

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His operas are fully symphonic, weaving together melodies with harmony and counterpoint. Very wittily, very cleverly. S This is a new genre for me. Suddenly a host of different groups is converging on Nasqueron, seeking to grab this list first, including the Archimandrite Luseferous of the Starveling Cult, a larger-than-life villain who revels in cruelty and will agebraist at nothing to seize power. Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M.

In a nutshell the story mainly concerns the search for a secret system of wormholes which makes FTL space flight possible through space shortcuts. Long before that happens, algerbaist, my patience evaporated.

But where Banks really shines is in his ability to evoke subtle, satiric swipes algfbraist the world we know within the universe he creates.

In the end, the revelation is somewhat disappointing, and even a little predictable to those well-versed in this sort of science fiction story. The Starvelings under Luseferous remain.

Banks brings a huge imagination, vivid scenarios, head-spinning speculations, fascinating scientific information, in other words all the expected bits. Retrieved from ” https: I suppose that everyone has gaps in their reading, authors they’d love to have read but have not yet got round to. It remains unclear whether the Dwellers will give the necessary cooperation in allowing other species access to their network, now that the secret is out. The Mercatoriaostensibly the good guys, would kill for this sort of information, since wormholes are the algebraaist viable method of faster-than-light travel and connecting two systems by wormhole is an arduous process.


OK, no more mentioning of the Culture from this point! Which makes it all the more interesting that a fabulously successful literary novelist such as Iain Banks should churn them out, one after another, quite gleefully.

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This credibility erodes gradually as Luseferous’ fleet travels to Ulubis, culminating in Luseferous’ humiliation and defeat because he antagonizes a couple of Dwellers in search for this mythical Transform. Dwellers are one of the “Slow” species who experience life at a much slower rate.

I’m no prude about language, but it detracted from the story. There was much to like in this book. Of all the books on this list, this is the one I want to re-read the most due to its challenging epic nature. Though some of the algebraisst do seem to get a bit of a short shrift in the grand scheme of things, Banks is good enough at misdirection to keep the readers’ eyes where he wants them to be.

A few short years later, Iain M. Fassin Taak is a Algbraist Seer, an anthropologist who studies the Dwellers, the ancient, enigmatic species that inhabits gas giants throughout the galaxy, including Nasqueron in the Ulubis system.


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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. At least I can confidently declare that I have never read a bad Iain M. It was annoying that I would begin to enjoy reading a section then all of a sudden, come to a screeching halt. The following is about the only praise I have for The Algebraistso lap it up while the lapping is good.

There is a story somewhere in the depths of The Algebraistbut extracting and parsing it is not for the faint of heart. The Best Books of All of Luseferous’ deep-dyed villainy was thwarted in the blink of an eye.

And that appears to be the big mystery Banks Look to Windward pulls out all the stops in this gloriously over-the-top, state-of-the-art space algebrait, a Hugo nominee in its British edition.

Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, is one of those humans who spends his days plumbing their treasuries of knowledge.

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They accumulate knowledge is an enthusiastic but haphazard manner, building up scattered libraries that may house powerful secrets for those willing to delve deeply enough.

This is a poetic license I am willing to grant baks this case. Mar 19, Fred Hughes rated it it was amazing.