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Look to windward de Iain Banks
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Look to windward (2000 original; edició 2000)

de Iain Banks

Sèrie: The Culture (7)

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It was one of the less glorious incidents of the Idiran wars that led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those deaths has reached the Culture's Masaq' Orbital. A Chelgrian emissary is dispatched to the Culture.
Membre:Damien_Fenton
Títol:Look to windward
Autors:Iain Banks
Informació:London : Orbit, 2000.
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Look to Windward de Iain M. Banks (2000)

  1. 30
    Excession de Iain M. Banks (Mind_Booster_Noori)
    Mind_Booster_Noori: This book can work loosely as a sequel to Excession. Of course that there's a lot more in it than that...
  2. 20
    The Algebraist de Iain M. Banks (dkelly304)
    dkelly304: Gas Giant Creatures, Ancient Air-Based Intelligences, that don't bother anyone and have existed for billions of years. Sounds like the the behemothaur Yoleus in Look to Windward. Might also enjoy the Saga of the Seven Suns (the Hydrogues, Gas giant bad-guys). I love the Culture Novels SO much so I may be twisted to recommend more Banks, when reading... Banks. But honestly if you really do like the range and depth of the story telling, and this story, is meta-told by a character from the story... if you like that a bit more it gives Banks greater freedom from Character Perspective when he narrates and allows him to bring a universe much like the Culture's back to life in 1 book, weaving all the nuances of almost a dozen Culture Novels into a new pattern and then deftly anchoring the story line into yet another complicated weave of flashbacks, character flaws and subtle, underplayed pivoting climaxes in the plot that make the reader double guess what was just read, and attempt to re-read back. I say re-read back, and get the e-book version to accompany your Audio Rendition - I have the "Recorded Books Collection" version on audio and I find that the Non-Audible Style is a fresh take (even if it's a retro throw back to the 90's style recording), gives some of the more "british" aspects of Banks's style a more familiar and easily absorbed format for the American Reader/Listener. As always Bank's need for a character (or an aspect of all of them) to be at some level, a nuisance, a spy, a bad lover with emotional baggage, once the opposite sex, several thousand years of age, in league with the enemy, using massively advanced technique technology and doing it with real gravitas when the time comes to deliver the written bomb that is the true climax to the plot in any great Banks novel. don't leave out long lists of possibles and extra things that come at the end of paragraphs - the long iterations of different like things that comically represents some aspect of the far flung society we are being told about. It is done as much to amuse us, as to bring in some of the well-known, the familiar idiocy of our current society out into the beyond in time so that when we hear of it again in story, our minds and hearts can believe it could really be so, just that much more. For those who didn't enjoy this book as much as the culture novels, try it in Audio, or a Written Format other than e-Book - format makes a difference, I could not follow this book when it was in print, Audio Format is the only thing I was able to absorb (then I list it in my top 10 non-series Sci-Fi Novel List_#6 when I write this). -Super Future Enthusiast and Sci-fi nerd novel reader extraordinaire… (més)
  3. 10
    La fi de la infantesa de Arthur C. Clarke (AlexanderM)
    AlexanderM: These works are both incredible pieces of literature that fit together nicely. Childhood's End and Look to Windward both have a similar view on humans as a species. Despite the fact that one is told from the humans' point of view, and the other is told from an alien races', they both give an interesting take on the future of humankind. Both are amazing pieces of literature, and I highly recommend reading them.… (més)
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    The Golden Transcendence: Or, The Last of the Masquerade de John C. Wright (bertilak)
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Anglès (62)  Francès (3)  Castellà (2)  Italià (2)  Finès (1)  Totes les llengües (70)
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  Kavinay | Jan 2, 2023 |
Such a difficult rating--in a way it was my favorite Culture book yet, in which the "villain" was possibly the most compelling character--although all the main characters are entertaining in their way, moreso than any we've seen yet.

But I don't think it was as tight as Use of Weapons or Player of Games. I really didn't understand the point of the secondary story of the researcher who never interacts with anyone else in the main storyline.

The look into the mind of a Mind is one of the best parts. I'd love a book from that perspective. At least I still have three to go. ( )
  Adamantium | Aug 21, 2022 |
Fue uno de los incidentes menos gloriosos de una antigua guerra. Provocó la destrucción de dos soles y de los miles de millones de vidas que sustentaban. Ahora, ochocientos años después, la luz del primero de estos antiguos errores ha llegado al orbital de la Cultura Masadaq. La luz del segundo podría no llegar a hacerlo. Iain M. Banks está considerado como uno de los escritores más innovadores de la narrativa británica actual. A barlovento es la última entrega de la saga de La Cultura, compuesta por obras de lectura independiente que le han valido el aplauso de la crítica. Además de haber cosechado un gran éxito en el campo de la ciencia ficción, es autor de otras novelas como Aire muerto, El puente o La fábrica de avispas.
  Natt90 | Jul 5, 2022 |
So, after reading four titles in the Culture series, I was teetering on the verge of abandonment. I started with A Player of Games (skipping Consider Phlebas on the recommendation of many) and was VERY happy with the result and looking forward to tearing through the remaining books in the series.

The following two books, Use of Weapons and Excession were disappointments, primarily due to their level of complexity and my struggle in keeping on top of the various story lines. The fourth title, Inversions was in no way science fiction and only extremely tangentially Culture. One more strike, and I was out.

Having said that, Look to Windward was magnificent. Better than A Player of Games and orders of magnitude better than the other three. It is not without complexity, but capable of being followed at a rate of 20-30 pages per night, as is my practice. The hard science fiction is outstanding and the story line is captivating and moves along nicely.

In a nutshell, the Culture has unwittingly sparked a civil war among the Chelgrians, with disastrous consequences for that people. The Chelgrians are out for revenge and dispatch an agent to exact that revenge. Several threads and time lines intersect, but are easily differentiated and appreciated.

All of the Culture novels I’ve read so far stand completely on their own. There is no reason to feel compelled to read one for fear of losing track of a story arc. They appear to be capable of being read in any order. I would recommend reading a Player of Games first, as it sets out the Culture universe more fully than the others I’ve read subsequently. I cannot recommend Use of Weapons, Excession or Inversions, but would advise to follow up a Player of Games with Look to Windward. ( )
  santhony | Oct 29, 2021 |
This is a culture book. It gives a nice tour of the culture, but doesn't really go anywhere. I read this and Excession and they both were similar in that respect. It did not make me a fan. ( )
  mgplavin | Oct 3, 2021 |
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Banks writes with a sophistication that will surprise anyone unfamiliar with modern science fiction. He begins in medias res, introducing characters, places and events that are not explained in detail until many pages later. [...] The deus ex machina ending will strike some as too easy. But as in all good fiction, what's important in Banks's work is the subtext, which I take to be the idea that freedom is both necessary and dangerous, and that only by imagining the unimaginable, both in ourselves and others, can we hope to remain free.
afegit per Widsith | editaNew York Times, Gerald Jonas (Oct 7, 2001)
 
.. he is not afraid to to ponder the implications of his flash-bang spectaculars. He examines the fine distinction between hedonism (what the Culture thinks it practises) and decadence (what many others perceive), as well as the responsibilities that come with immeasurable power. An enjoyable romp is overlaid with tragedy as he rubs our noses in the consequences of war: ...

afegit per andyl | editaThe Guardian, Phil Daoust (Sep 2, 2000)
 

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Iain M. Banksautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Eliot, T. S.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bonhorst, IreneTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gamissans Serna, PaulaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
García Martínez, MartaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gálla, NóraTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mäkelä, LauriTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Salwowski, MarkAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Stennett, CraigFotògrafautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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It was one of the less glorious incidents of the Idiran wars that led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those deaths has reached the Culture's Masaq' Orbital. A Chelgrian emissary is dispatched to the Culture.

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