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Iain M. Banks: Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons (Anglais) Broché – 4 octobre 2012

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"Banks' ability to combine humor and horror, the cosmic and the human, as he builds an action-packed story on a moral framework, as well as his wonderfully original characters and, of course, the lavish descriptions of weapons and spaceships, makes Surface Detail all you could ask for in a space opera. Nobody does it better." --- Times (UK)

"This is an engrossing novel of ideas ornamented by fantastically cinematic set-pieces." --- The Guardian (UK)

"Surface Detail is the type of widescreen space adventure we've come to expect from Banks, full of elaborate games, spellchecker-busting names, salty dialogue and, above all, a thrilling sense of the limitless scope SF affords an author's imagination." --- Financial Times (UK)

"Iain M. Banks' new novel, Surface Detail, is some of the best work he's done in his galaxy-spanning Culture universe." --- io9.com

"Banks' labyrinthine and devious ninth Culture space opera novel...adeptly shifts perspective between vast concepts and individual passions." --- Publishers Weekly
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The war raged across the galaxy. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

The Culture -- a human/machine symbiotic society -- has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life -- and very possibly his death.

The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks and military action.

The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.

The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a lost cause. But not even its machine could see the horrors in his past. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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HASH(0x8ec54b1c) étoiles sur 5 Excellent Introduction to the Culture Novels 17 janvier 2013
Par Paul R. Potts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
One could argue whether an introductory set should have the top 3, top 4, or top 5... and then one could further argue which of the ten (so far) are the best. But I think most Culture fans would agree that these three choices are among the best. Personally I think _Look to Windward_ should have been included in this set, which would then be (almost) the first half of the Culture books, so the set loses one star in my review.

It isn't strictly necessary to read the Culture novels in the order they were written, since they don't depend heavily on each other, but this order might work well: start with _Player of Games_ in this set before _Consider Phlebas_, then read _Use of Weapons_.

If you're now hooked, branch out from this set and read _Look to Windward_, _Against a Dark Background_ (which is not strictly a Culture novel, but good), the story collection _The State of the Art_, _The Algebraist_ (also not strictly a Culture novel but set in a similar science-fictional universe, and also good), and _Surface Detail_.

_Excessions_, _Inversions_, and _Matter_ I'd consider second-tier, and optional. If you love all things Culture, you can always go back and pick them up later. _Feersum Endjinn_, another not-Culture science fiction book by Banks, is... odd and challenging. I haven't really made up my mind about it yet, or even been able to finish it.

I have not read _The Hydrogen Sonata_ yet and so can't comment on it, but If you're all caught up I'm sure you will make the right decision!
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HASH(0x8ec54b70) étoiles sur 5 A boxset which will spark a life-long obsession - highly recommended for Science Fiction fans 18 juillet 2014
Par Sally Ann Melia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have read all of Iain M Banks books, and this boxset brings together the first three books in The Culture series.

It is interesting to speculate that when Iain M Banks wrote these story he definitely was not thinking about a series or a trilogy,and for us Iain M Bank purists it is entertaining to see them boxed up in this way, because in all honesty, Iain M Banks only ever wrote stand alone novels.

My point being that this is not a trilogy, you don't have to read the books in any particular order, and you can read one and never read the other two or vice versa.

To recap The ten books of the Culture are: Consider Phlebas, 1987; The Player of Games,1988; Use of Weapons, 1990; The State of the Art, 1991; Excession, 1996; Inversions, 1998; Look to Windward,2000; Matter,2008; Surface Detail, 2010; The Hydrogen Sonata, 2012.

To summarise each of these books:

Consider Phlebas is the story of anti-hero Horza who fight against The Culture

The Player of Games is about Gurgeh a bored Culture citizen who is blackmailed into fighting a very unique kind of game war on behalf of the Culture

The State of the Art is about three siblings who from a golden childhood see their lives descend into the murder and cruelty of civil war. The Culture wants to intervene to help them but... Things are never what they seem.

Personally I like the Player of Games the best. To my mind with its echoes in contemporary game culture it is the most accessible of iain M Banks texts, and I love the civilisation of Azad which has so many echoes of our own world.

However once you get started on The Culture novels, once Iain M Banks voice start to speak to you, you will be hooked for life, and eternally grateful that there in fact 10 distinct novels in this series to enjoy.
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HASH(0x8ec54fa8) étoiles sur 5 Remarkable author 6 octobre 2013
Par Lukas Mandrake - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
These books have truly visionary grasp of the future of humanity. We're not just doomed to be "monkies in space" repeating the same mistakes again and again. Also interesting what problems yet remain in their very advanced culture. Highly recommended for people who think the future is just a dull, higher-tech version of this one.
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HASH(0x8ec54f90) étoiles sur 5 I am delighted to find this series which has a lot of sociological insight into the world's cultures as wel 2 juin 2013
Par L. Barnes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This series has a lot of sociological insight into our time and cultures as well as some really fascinating SciFi technologies. The plots are imaginative and the wit sophisticated. I compare The Culture series to The Foundation series and the Dune series, it has had the same grip of intertwining plot, philosophy, gadgetry. The Culture series does have more interesting characters than usual. I’ve listened to some of the audible editions as well as the books and the narrator/reader, Peter Kenny, is first rate with a lovely Scottish accent that is still quite understandable to the American ear.
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HASH(0x8ec55378) étoiles sur 5 most intelligent and inventive Sci Fi ever! 15 mai 2014
Par xjam13 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
If you're looking for smart sci fi that's written by a prize winning writer, look no further. He has huge respect in both the literary world and the science fiction world. I could write pages on why he is the best, but instead I'll just say if you're reading this you should start reading The Culture Series today. You won't be disappointed. He and Vernor Vinge are the two best at their craft, and banks was far more prolific.
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