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Matter (A Culture Novel Book 8) de Iain M.…
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Matter (A Culture Novel Book 8) (edició 2009)

de Iain M. Banks (Autor)

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In a distant-future, highly advanced society of seemingly unlimited technological capability, a crime is committed within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one--maybe two--people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity--and her particular set of abilities--might be a dangerous strategy. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.… (més)
Membre:Damien_Fenton
Títol:Matter (A Culture Novel Book 8)
Autors:Iain M. Banks (Autor)
Informació:Orbit (2009), 620 pages
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Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Cap

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Four stars at least. Enjoyed this very much and intend to go to the start of the series and read them in order.

Picked this one up at a used book store, not knowing it is #8 in a series, so there's a lot of world-building to catch up on but fortunately apparently not backstory. Interesting universe: a combination of ancient galaxy-spanning civilization and more or less self-contained medieval level worlds. More or less because the human or humanoid ground-dwellers know of and interact with the several all-powerful aliens. As I said, and odd mix. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jan 26, 2023 |
Banks' specialities: it gets weird, you can't predict the end and yet it all makes sense eventually. ( )
  Kavinay | Jan 2, 2023 |
Massively imaginative, awesomely scoped, brilliantly authored. But, after the climax there are too many loose ends, leading to questions which Banks would normally have answered in a serious of epilogues. ( )
  tarsel | Sep 4, 2022 |
En uno de los mundos más célebres de una galaxia llena de prodigios se produce un crimen en plena guerra. Para un hombre significa una huida desesperada y la búsqueda de la única persona (o quizá sean dos) que podría limpiar su nombre. Para su hermano significa una vida bajo la amenaza constante de la traición y el asesinato. Y para la hermana de ambos, incluso sin saber toda la verdad, significa el regreso a un lugar que creía haber abandonado para siempre. El problema radica en que la hermana no es lo que en otro tiempo había sido: ha cambiado tanto ya nadie la reconocería y se ha convertido en agente de la sección de Circunstancias Especiales de la Cultura, encargada de realizar intervenciones de alto nivel en civilizaciones de toda la galaxia.
  Natt90 | Jul 5, 2022 |
Good solid space opera which starts slow and finishes with a rip-roaring battle. I hadn't read a Culture novel for a while, and it took a bit of concentration through 500 pages until I discovered there was a glossary of all the characters, species, ships etc at the end. Sigh. ( )
  adzebill | Jun 18, 2022 |
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[...] it rapidly becomes heart-sinkingly clear that here, the particular society in which the Culture might or might not intervene is one of faux-medieval fantasy fiction. The uniquely hopeless odour of leather, horse-like animals, stale sweat and tortured syntax wafts from the pages, and there is a tedious drizzle of invented proper names. [...] The story's highly intriguing last act could perhaps have been fruitfully expanded into a greater space, and the long setup could have been compressed. Having front-loaded the novel with so much talky scene-setting, Banks might have ended up relying slightly too much on his (and our) favourite gadgets.
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Banks, Iain M.autor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Brandhorst, AndreasTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dusoulier, PatrickTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Foley, JohnFotògrafautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
García Martínez, MartaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gálla Nóra,Traductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lill, DebraAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Longworth, TobyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Senble Holse was hunched over a tub with a washboard, furiously scrubbing, when her husband walked in. (Epilogue)
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A temple was worth a dozen barracks; a militia man carrying a gun could control a small unarmed crowd only for as long as he was present; however, a single priest could put a policeman inside the head of every one of their flock, for ever.
Djan Seriy's discomfiture was being caused by the fact that some of the Culture's more self-congratulatingly clever Minds (not in itself an underpopulated category), patently with far too much time on their platters, had come up with the shiny new theory that the Culture was not just in itself completely spiffing and marvellous and a credit to all concerned, it somehow represented a sort of climactic stage for all civilisations, or at least for all those which chose to avoid heading straight for Sublimation as soon as technologically possible (Sublimation meant your whole civilisation waved farewell to the matter-based universe pretty much altogether, opting for a sort of honorary godhood).

Avoid self-destruction, recognize -- and renounce -- money for the impoverishing ration system it really was, become a bunch of interfering, do-gooding busybodies, resist the siren call of self-promotion that was Subliming and free your conscious machines to do what they did best -- essentially, running everything -- and there you were; millenia of smug self-regard stretched before you, no matter what species you had started from.
Anaplian realised they had got rather rapidly to the point that all such conversations regarding the strategic intentions of the Culture tended to arrive at sooner or later, where it became clear that the issue boiled down to the question What Are The Minds Really Up To? This was always a good question, and it was usually only churls and determinedly diehard cynics who even bothered to point out that it rarely, if ever, arrived paired up with an equally good answer.

The normal, almost ingrained response of people at this point was to metaphorically throw their hands in the air and exclaim that if *that* was what it really all boiled down to then there was no point in even attempting to pursue the issue further because as soon as the motivations, analyses and stratagems of Minds become the defining factor in a matter, all bets were most profoundly off, for the simple reason that any and all efforts to second-guess such infinitely subtle and hideously devious devices were self-evidentally futile.

Anaplian was not so sure about this. It was her suspicion that it suited the purposes of the Minds rather too neatly that people believed this so unquestioningly. Such a reaction represented not so much the honest appraisal of further enquiry as being pointless as an unthinking rejection of the need to enquire at all.
Shoum: "As I say, news osmoses. And where news is concerned, the Culture is of a very low pressure."
Ferbin: "I fail to understand you, ma'am."
Shoum: "They tend to hear everything." [277]
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This is a Culture novel by Banks-with-an-M released in 2008. "Matter" was also a working title of the "non-M" book "The Steep Approach to Garbadale", but this is not that book. Please do not combine this with Garbadale.
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In a distant-future, highly advanced society of seemingly unlimited technological capability, a crime is committed within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one--maybe two--people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity--and her particular set of abilities--might be a dangerous strategy. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.

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