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Matter

Iain M. Banks

4 Reviews

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Fiction, Science fiction

The dazzling new Culture novel from one of the most exciting science-fiction writers of modern times - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination

In a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man 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 civilisations 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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Praise for Matter

  • You can always expect the unexpected with an Iain M. Banks novel. So sit back and enjoy a tale with more than a twist or three in Matter. For a start, it's a rattling good story: a man accused of something he didn't do. Lots of action, lots of mind-boggling imaginative thought in this excellent piece of SF, read by Toby Longworth - Daily Express

  • You can, if you must, draw clever comparisons between the conflicts in Matter and what's happening in Iraq. Or you can just sit back and listen to Toby Longworth's tongue-in-cheek reading of a very funny book - The Guardian

  • Widescreen, baroque science fiction . . . Another fine addition to Banks's Culture series - Guardian

  • There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness - The Times

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