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The Algebraist - Iain M. Banks
The Algebraist
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It is 4034 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 the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to... show more
It is 4034 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 the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilization. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars. Seconded to a military-religious order he's barely heard of - part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony - Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer - a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781597800440 (1597800449)
Pages no: 434
Edition language: English
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Tannat
Tannat rated it
3.0 The Algebraist
Second time around this book is still weird. Overall I liked it, but not as much as the Culture novels that I've read. The characters just don't have as much texture and the whole universe feels like there's some back story missing, sort of. Some elements don't seem to really tie in, either (e.g....
To Shoot or Not to Shoot
To Shoot or Not to Shoot rated it
4.0 The Algebraist
I rounded this UP to 4 stars because the ending is really very good and well written so you finish the book with satisfaction. The first half is very confusing - the time line of events is something you have to work out yourself from hints and bits and pieces scattered around. It's not the first tim...
Book Ramblings
Book Ramblings rated it
4.0 The Algebraist
As I write this review Iain M. Banks has passed away about three weeks ago. It makes me sad that our genre has lost another great writer. So I picked The Algebraist to be my "tribute read", alas I find that prefer his Culture novels. That said The Algebraist is not at all shabby.The Algebraist (corr...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0
Walking mp3: Tjörn Reserve: http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/kretsar-lan/vastra-gotaland/tjorn/Unabridged. (Clipper Audio) [Audio Cassette]Geoffrey Annis (Narrator)Publisher: W F Howes Ltd (2005)ISBN-10: 1845053079ISBN-13: 978-1845053079 There is an abridged version read by Anton Lesser out there...
target acquired
target acquired rated it
3.0
a non-Culture sci-fi adventure from Banks, one whose intriguing major topic is the relativity of morality. the aliens are pretty much humans in alien form - not much attempt to convey a truly alien viewpoint. but it is all fascinating nonetheless, and many of the characters - alien and otherwise - a...
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