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Surface Detail (A Culture Novel Book 8) by [Iain M. Banks]
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Book 8 of 9: Culture

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About the Author

Iain Banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Banks's labyrinthine and devious ninth Culture space opera novel (after 2008's Matter) adeptly shifts perspective between vast concepts and individual passions. The blissfully disorganized, galaxy-spanning Culture has fabulous technology that gives human and alien entities freedom to choose who and what they want to be. When sex slave Lededje Y'breq is murdered by a politician on the planet Sichult, the artificial intelligence running one of the Culture's immense starships resurrects her so she can seek revenge. Meanwhile, the Culture is uneasily watching the conflict over whether to preserve virtual Hells for the souls of "sinners" or give them the release of death. Leaping with jaw-dropping speed from character to character and from reality to virtuality, the narrative swiftly pulls these concerns together. New readers may be taken aback by the rapid pace, but fans will dive right in and won't come up for air until the final page. (Nov.) (c)
Copyright © PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0046A9NLC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit; 1st edition (October 28, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 28, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2035 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 627 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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