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Download ☆ The Hydrogen Sonata 105 ☆ It is truly probably the End Days for the Gzilt civilization An ancient people they helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies deciding not to join only at the last moment Now they've made the collective decision to follow the welltrodden path of Her civilizations; they are going to Sublime elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely rich and complex existence Amidst preparations though the Regimental High Command is destroyed and Cossont is blamed Wanted dead not alive Now aided only by an ancient reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar Cos. Banks seems content to spin out increasingly fractal world building episodes while adopting an ever and affected and feathery writing style filled with ualifiers and digressions and dangling clauses becoming in each new work ever tangled in conscious or perhaps unconscious – imitation of the complicated ever ualified speech of his most famous creations the great ship Minds whose all too self aware multi layered and consciously ornate dialogue forms the greater part of this novel when it is not devoted to the task of trying to prove that a thousand words will perhaps if selected carefully and arranged artfully serve to make a visual effect Unfortunately he does not seem to have a lot new to say though he does indeed succeed in painting some pretty picturesAt this point there is little difference between the Minds and your average comic book super hero in terms of intellectual experience If you want vicarious joy ride alongside kilometer long cocksure cock shaped high tech super weapons then this book delivers perhaps as good as Banks has ever delivered and it's just as good for an adrenalin buzz as watching say the Avengers Given the extraordinary number of penises in this book the extraordinary number of penis shaped weapons and the occasional penis shaped weapon used as a penis I can’t help but suspect that our author was perhaps lamp shading his own inadvertent or perhaps altogether calculated even from the beginning Freudian metaphors – or at least I sincerely hope that he is and he’s not instead poisoned himself with his own rampant testosterone filled fantasies of god like power always used as of course it is in the service of ‘right’ or at least right as certain classes of intellectual see it and that indeed additionally he was perhaps poking fun of himself by euating greater and greater intelligence with an ever surer moral compass I really hope so or sooner or later I’m going to have to start bringing in the inevitable in depth comparison to Jenny Sparks and her gang and brand of ‘justice’ It’s all in good fun but it does at times seem a real waste of a mind – or MindsThe closest Banks comes to exploring new turf in his now past middle aged writing years is the character of the ever aged iRia who is written with a certain rawness about growing old that suggests that either Banks is putting something of himself into the character or else doing a passably convincing immitation of same From his ennui I’m not sure anyone with the remotest modern post modern or post post modern academic education will learn much new And once again I note without elaborate comment the seemingly compulsive need of a certain class of aging writers of science fiction to write of technological Raptures I do hope though that he is building to something interesting Some bit of deconstruction or self criticism would do the Culture books and maybe author some good For example he’s passed far enough down the progression of ‘Humans and Robots as Peers’ to ‘Humans as the Pets of Robots’ to ‘Humans occupying a relation to Robots rather akin to your relationship with those little monstrous looking mites that live in your eyebrows where if you think about them at all you think well as long as they aren’t harming me then I might as well feel a little sense of possession toward them as fellow travellers and indirect though it may be sharers in my life experience’ that I for one would like to see if that’s deliberate and if he’s really comfortable with this progression It’s at least something worth thinking about I would think Anyway if you are familiar with Banks all the tropes are on grand display High magic turned technology god like Minds with charming names scoffing at mere matter religion as farce science as True Religion and a massive galactic canvas used as a background for commentary about the banal ways people hurt each other again and again; also with bittersweet coda He’s done it all better before but at least here it doesn’t drift into boredom as he’s done several times in the past

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Sont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command find the oldest person in the Culture a man over nine thousand years old who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago Cossont must discover the truth before she's exiled from her people and her civilization forever or just plain kille. Several years ago I decided not to read any Culture novels I felt the whole idea was thoroughly explored by the end of the third book and that all of the subseuent ones represented a decline from that peak With the sad early demise of Banks I relented; there were only two I hadn't read and there won't be any Some time later I've read the penultimate Culture novel and I have to say I was pleasantly surprisedInitially I was concerned that I'd made a mistake old problems were all present and correct infelicitous sentences meandering plot with little focus and too many protagonists nothing really new by way of themes too much swearing humour uietly however matters improved on almost all fronts and the last third is a gripping space opera One thing that is absent is really overt discussion of the pros and cons of interventionist politics The theme is all present and correct but at least it's not rammed down your throat which it feels like it has been since book three In fact the handling of it here is subtler than in previous books and shows the motivations of Minds to be interesting than previously indicatedI found myself reacting against the physics of Banks' universe where eg relativity is ignored why isn't time travel possible for instance This is I think a response to having replaced Banks with Alastair Reynolds as my favourite writer of intelligent space opera Reynolds' treatment of known physics seems to lend much greater authenticity to his breaches of the known rules he knows what needs to be explained and justified in this regard where as Banks just ignores these issues

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The Hydrogen SonataIt is truly probably the End Days for the Gzilt civilization An ancient people they helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies deciding not to join only at the last moment Now they've made the collective decision to follow the welltrodden path of millions of ot. “Living either never has any point or is always its own point; being a naturally cheery soul I lean towards the latter”“In practice people don’t believe for good reasons anyway they just believe and that’s it like we don’t love for good reasons we just love because we need to love”And then there were no Culture novels left at all and I was left with an Iain Banks shaped hole in my existence If that sounds melodramatic it’s because it is But honestly I am depressed as hell to be finished with this massively sprawling series of 10 nearly standalone novels set in a shared universe Iain Banks was a god damned brilliant human being and I feel that than anyone else I’ve read he truly understood the human condition and was able to convey his thoughts on the matter with a fluidity and subversive humor about the whole mess that will probably never be matchedHe used non mimetic storytelling to tell us about ourselves in ways that were never preaching or obvious and reuired a little digging to get to the bottom of This the final Culture novel seems to be about meaning and the choice involved in truth telling It’s also about ending which is fitting contextually in several ways but most ultimately in the ending of Iain Banks himself shortly after its publicationIt’s not a book that I would want to read on its own but as a book end to the series it is a very satisfying conclusion even though these novels are ultimately standalone the themes are carried throughout and this one ends things very nicely In some ways it’s a pseudo seuel to Excession and it’s not a perfect novel as it gets a little soggy in the middle but than makes up for it with a fantastic ending and an amazing last sentence to put a bow on it all