Wednesday, 6 October 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Surface Detail - Iain M Banks

Release Date: 07/10/10


It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself. Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture. Benevolent, enlightened and almost infinitely resourceful though it may be, the Culture can only do so much for any individual. With the assistance of one of its most powerful - and arguably deranged - warships, Lededje finds herself heading into a combat zone not even sure which side the Culture is really on. A war - brutal, far-reaching - is already raging within the digital realms that store the souls of the dead, and it's about to erupt into reality. It started in the realm of the Real and that is where it will end. It will touch countless lives and affect entire civilizations, but at the centre of it all is a young woman whose need for revenge masks another motive altogether.


Fan’s of Iain’s writing have been buzzing for some time about this new offering in his Culture series. What you get is a high octane, action packed adventure that also usually takes a different direction to the expectation of the reader.

What makes this title special is Iain’s attention to detail which really takes the reader to the bleak future of the authors imagination. Back that up with great characterisation, some seriously delightful dialogue and some prose that demonstrates the authors skill which will leave the reader more than happy.

I’ll eagerly await the next offering in this series which has, to date, provided some seriously fun science fiction escapism.

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