Excession

Excession

Book - 1998
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Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen is swept into a vast conspiracy that could lead the universe to the brink of annihilation when he is selected to investigate the disappearance of an ancient star.
Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen has been selected by the Culture to undertake a delicate and dangerous mission. The Department of Special Circumstances--the Culture's espionage and dirty tricks section--has sent him off to investigate a 2,500-year-old mystery: the sudden disappearance of a star fifty times older than the universe itself. But in seeking the secret of the lost sun, Byr risks losing himself. There is only one way to break the silence of millennia: steal the soul of the long-dead starship captain who first encountered the star, and convince her to be reborn. And in accepting this mission, Byr will be swept into a vast conspiracy that could lead the universe into an age of peace...or to the brink of annihilation. -- Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, ©1998
Edition: Bantam mass market edition
ISBN: 9780553575378
0553575376
Branch Call Number: SF BANKS 1998
Characteristics: 499 pages ; 18 cm

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Pat_Kelly
Oct 24, 2016

Banks is unparalled in creating new worlds and lifeforms. In this case however, he's gone over the top in providing details of details on details of societies, worlds, and lifeforms. I think the story has been subsumed to the effort of description of things. It's like reading Moby Dick and learning more than you ever wanted about whaling. It's a great novel, but not a fun read.

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sat7
Dec 22, 2015

Ian Banks Culture series. Long winded and perhaps going farther than this series of works need go... . Touching on memory storage a topic gaining attention in 2015; immortality of course. It's the Culture.

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StarGladiator
Jun 20, 2013

Although not my favorite Culture novel, still an outstanding read, and the Paul Youll cover is one of the best you'll ever experience, a real masterpiece of SF art.

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valianthuss
Feb 08, 2013

Boring. No, beyond boring.

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Jun 17, 2014

Book 4 of the Culture series

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