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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Because even a lesser Banks work is still sufficiently entertaining to be worth reading. The Nasqueron Banka inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation.

May 17, Ursula Pflug rated it really liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, the monstrous ruler of a nearby star system has also learned of this discovery, as has the Mercatoria itself. It is AD. Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name algebarist from his favourite algebraaist I didn’t like it. This book turned me off to reading anything else by him. The novel takes place in And, perversely, this very flood of specificity seems to have made this particular book less memorable, at least for me; I recognized bits here and there, but the plot as a whole and, for a long time, even the Big Reveal rather evaded me on second reading.

It makes me sad that our genre has lost another great writer.

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The plot grips the reader in the opening and moves at a steady, entertaining clip. They accumulate knowledge is an enthusiastic but haphazard manner, building up scattered libraries that may house powerful secrets for those algebrakst to delve deeply enough.

The occasionally eruptions of profanity and sex were bizarre discontinuities. The Steep Approach to Garbadale. But everything they do seems to work.

The Algebraist

Due algeraist their practically immortal life span they live in “slow time” basically doing everything at a slow speed relative to how humans a Quick species live. Seconded to a military-religious order he’s barely heard of—part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony— Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers.

Me parece una injusticia que Banks haya fallecido sin haber ganado nunca un premio Hugo o un Nebula si es que estos premios son indicativo de algocuando tiene novelas realmente excelentes. The lack of an editorial shepherd has left it to guzzle itself silly all over the paddock and get a bit fat and compulsive.

That probably had to do with Banks basically telling us the answer in the first pages of the story. The other problem was simple carelessness. Bank are so many names, species, and places irrelevant to the plot that I had trouble following the plot although maybe this wasn’t a bad thing.

The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks

That’s probably how most reviews of this book begin, and they’re probably right in doing so. If I were limited in time and aiming for a sample of science fiction, though, I’d include this book.

Detail-oriented grand-sweep SF aficionados.

I had real algebraiat picturing events for about half of this book. Not that I condone apathy toward humans. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Praise for Iain M.


Just look at the travel patterns of the Dwellers themselves and it should have given some hint. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Taken on its own, not knowing that it’s by Banks, I might have rated it higher just because of the amount of imagination thrown into it. The Dwellers seem like capricious, frivolous dilettantes—there’s baanks debate about whether they’re civilized at all, babks their longevity and obvious intelligence—to the humans and other “Quick” species who slow their metabolisms and Delve into the atmosphere of Nasqueron bznks interview and study them when they’re allowed to.

Bank’s writing is dense without much punctuation which forced me to slow down a bit. Military ships, uniforms and weaponry, flown in, worn, and used to blow things up by every possible group and sub group are described in detail for those who like such things.

Banks spends the majority of this book and that is a lot of book right alvebraist keeping coy about whether or not any such secret wormhole network exists. Add that to the fact that I was listening to an abridged version of a very-detailed story, and it was inevitable that narrative continuity would be harmed.