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  • Paperback
  • 469 pages
  • Transition
  • Iain Banks
  • English
  • 18 June 2014
  • 9780349119274

About the Author: Iain Banks

Iain M BanksBanks's father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until when he returned to Scotland living in Edinburgh and then FifeBanks met his wife Annie in London before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in However he announced in early that after years together they had separated He lived most recently in North ueensferry a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road BridgeAs with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill which calls for Scottish independenceIn late Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the invasion of Ira In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Ira in his book Raw Spirit and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar veinInterviewed on Mark Lawson's BBC Four series first broadcast in the UK on November Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However his editor asked if he would mind dropping the 'M' as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks a minor character in some of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels Banks suggested the return of the 'M' although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single maltHis latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series called The Hydrogen Sonata published in Author Iain M Banks revealed in April that he had late stage cancer He died the following JuneThe Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The uarry due to be published later this year would be his last The uarry was published in June .

10 thoughts on “Transition

  1. Kevin Kelsey Kevin Kelsey says:

    Posted at HeradasTransition reads like it was intended to kick off a new series for Banks and like Consider Phlebas the first in Banks’ Culture series it was kind of a hot mess but I loved it anyway There’s just so much room in the universe of Transition for stories featuring the Concern l’expérience The concept is so large that there is the potential for all of Banks’ fiction to take place inside of it Even the Culture could’ve existed inside of this It’s massive I’m kind of mourning that loss of potential future stories right now Something I find myself doing and after I finish reading an Iain Banks novel these days Who even knows if he intended to return to this universe but it could’ve been spectacular if he did The bottom line is Fuck cancerStrangely enough Transition was published in the UK as a mainstream Iain Banks novels but in the US under his Iain M Banks pseudo pseudonym that Orbit used for his science fiction novels His mainstream literary novels never took off in America they’re almost entirely impossible to find at any brick and mortar book shops here so maybe the publisher thought the book would sell better if labelled as science fiction? Although it’s a much stranger decision to me that it wasn’t labelled as science fiction in the UK It’s very much a science fiction thriller Perhaps SF doesn’t sell well there? “Perdition awaits at the end of a road constructed entirely from good intentions the devil emerges from the details and hell abides in the small print” This is the perviest Banks novel I have ever read Like a late Heinlein romp all of the women are gorgeous their bodies described in detail and they all want to fuck the protagonist There’s one scene where minds are transferred from body to body to body so that a couple can orgasm over and over and over again until the experience crosses from heightened pleasure into torture Just like Aaron Sorkin has his characters continually walking and talking if the characters in Transition are dropping some exposition in dialogue they’re fucking and talking talking and then fucking fucking and then talking and then fucking some and then talking about fucking There are endless double entendres and sexual puns It’s all just exhausting extremely transparent and ridiculous There’s also a lot of sexual assault in this book an inclusion I’m not entirely opposed to if its inclusion is in service of the story and is handled well Here it’s just uncomfortable lazy and almost entirely unnecessary Come to think of it there’s a lot in this book that is unnecessary You could say it’s of a maximalist short story than a novel padded out to 400 some odd pages with so much cruft That would be one way to look at it Another way is that almost nothing actually happens It sort of fizzles and pops at the end as well This is all sounding very negative I still truly enjoyed the book but I’m finding it difficult to explain exactly why The concept of an organization that borders on cultish behavior established to serve the betterment of humanity with agents who are able to transfer their minds into parallel universes to achieve their ends is just fantastic fun Also Banks’ prose is just unbelievably expressive at times; the kind of mood he’s able to create with words is occasionally breathtaking I am beyond biased when it comes to this author but if you’ve read anything else I’ve written about him or his writing you already knew that “Apparently I am what is known as an Unreliable Narrator though of course if you believe everything you're told you deserve whatever you get” There’s an interesting story in Transition we just never really get a glimpse at it Instead we get stories that butt up against that story bouncing off and spiraling around it only ever hinting at the interesting narrative There are also these little narratively conflicting moments spread throughout the book and while they seem intentional we are dealing with infinite worlds and infinite versions of the characters as a story device after all they don't lead anywhere and only serve to obfuscate and confuse I don’t think he uite pulled off what he was going for with their inclusion There are a lot of loose ends and it feels like we’re maybe only getting about half of the story in that oh so clever postmodern kind of way that can come across as pretentious if handled poorlyTransition was close to what it could’ve been but it just wasn’t uite there I think that sums it up pretty well Massively ambitious but he didn’t pull it off not uite I would’ve loved to see some stories in this universe though They could’ve been incredible in the same way that Consider Phlebas only ever hinted at how great the Culture novels would eventually become in the fully realized Use of Weapons Excession or Look to Windward

  2. Scott Scott says:

    Have you read any Iain Banks? If you have you know how great he can be read this book and enjoy If you haven't I wouldn't start with Transition This novel isn't The Bridge with its frenzy of invention and strangeness nor is it Excession or The Player of Games with their big scale mind blowing Sci Fi Transition sits somewhere in between Banks' literary work and his SF and in my opinion is middle range in the rankings of his novelsAnyway comparisons aside Transition is a still good read It's pacey It's engaging It's fun and it’s imaginative I enjoyed almost every page and was once again left marveling at Banks' storytelling skillsThe central concept of Transition is that a vast organisation called The Concern is working to influence the course of history across an infinite multiverse of Earths with agents who can shift between realities via the use of a drug called Septus If you ignore the implausibility of the transit method and I soon looked past it this makes for a great setup inter dimensional assassins flitting through myriad realities saving a life here taking one there nudging research in a beneficial direction in one reality shutting a dangerous scientific program down in another all in the name of peace and prosperityThe story primarily centers on one of the agents Temujin Oh a gifted inter dimensional traveller with a knack for the dark arts of espionage Oh works for one of the ruthless members of The Concern's leadership a woman named Madame D'Ortolan who has big ruthless plans for the direction of the concern and no scruples whatsoever in the methods employed to make her dreams concreteFrom this setup a number of narratives emerge told from the perspectives of their protagonists Oh himself a patient in a hospital who appears to be in hiding from an unknown enemy an on the up cocaine dealer cum hedge fund trader named Adrian and a torturer known as 'The Philosopher'We follow Temujin through many different worlds and watch as he is contacted by his old lover a rebel concern agent named Mrs Mulverhill who reveals an alleged conspiracy at the heart of the Concern and attempts to turn him against his employer The patient lies in his bed wondering whether any of his fantastic memories of visiting multiple worlds are true while the Philosopher explores his memories of his past the events that made him a torturer and how he came to work for The Concern Meanwhile Adrian on our Earth works his way up through English society into wealth and power and has his own encounters with the world hopping agents of Temujin’s employerEach of these narratives is interesting and compelling I really loved Adrian’s drug dealer turned money shyster arc and the story flows really well although it shifts pace abruptly near the end where one of the characters effectively becomes an unstoppable superbeing Further the Philosopher’s story could probably have been excised from the novel without making much difference to the book and occasionally felt like an excuse to describe methods of tortureOverall though Banks once again makes reading his work effortless the pages and chapters flow so smoothly so engagingly pulling the reader along at pace It’s all just so easy to enjoy I was so engrossed with this book that I lost track of time and became a social hermit ignoring my friends my partner and my cat as I raced to find out what was in store for Adrian and TemujinEven a lesser example of Bank’s work and I think Transition falls into this category is still an engaging thrilling and memorable ride My only regret in reading it is that I now have one less Iain Banks book to look forward to35 starsTrigger warning for RWNJ’s Banks of gets a few digs in at our messed up way of running the world capitalist economies like ours are known to Concern agents as 'Greedist' Earths – and makes the occasional progressive political points that regular readers of his novels will be familiar with

  3. Manny Manny says:

    This entertaining SF thriller combines the premises of two of my favorite SF classics In Asimov's The End of Eternity an all powerful group called the Eternals use time travel to control the course of human history Whenever something bad is about to happen they engineer a carefully timed intervention to steer us away from it Typically these interventions are as inconspicuous as possible Pohl's underrated A Plague of Pythons explores another rather nastier idea Suppose a device were invented which let you take over someone else's body at will How would people use it and what would happen to society?Banks fuses these two themes and sets them within a nicely realized version of the uantum multiverse Every possible uantum reality exists and there is a drug which allows you to move between the different alternate worlds; as in the Pohl novel you do this by directing your consciousness into another person's body The organization who control the drug use it so they say to make the various worlds into better places But as in the Asimov book it becomes increasingly clear that things are not what they are supposed to beBoth the original novels are about power and the abuse of power and Banks follows in their footsteps He's sometimes a little too explicit and preachy and I was oddly reminded of George Bernard Shaw you're in the middle of a dramatic piece of sex or violence there's plenty of both and it's suddenly put on hold for a page long moral disuisition But as with Shaw I was generally willing to forgive him The plot though perhaps overly complicated is gripping and the writing is of the high uality Banks fans have come to expect Also Mrs Mulverhill is hawtAs sometimes happens with Banks there is a mild aftertaste of paranoia I'm not sure I would have awarded it four stars if I'd read it a month ago but it was one of those cases where the timing was spot on perfect I noticed it in a bookshop near the Piazza San Marco on Sunday and after discovering that a large part of the novel was set in Venice found that I was simply unable to put it down; I finished it earlier this evening on the train back to Geneva where I'm now writing this review Whatever made us go into the bookshop and then guided me to that particular book? I can't uite reconstruct the seuence of events but if agents of the Concern somehow nudged me into doing it I have no idea what their motives were I'll let you know if there are odd coincidences

  4. Ian Ian says:

    IAN'S NEW AND IMPROVED REVIEW OF TRANSITIONImmediately below is my original review written 22710 Farther down is my update and addendum written 3110 after I'd given this book a lot thought Apparently every contemporary sci fi author is now reuired to weigh in on the Multiverse Perhaps it will soon be as indispensable to a sci fi author's repertoire as a layup is to a basketball player's The best Multiverse novel to date in my opinion is Ian McDonald's Brasyl an elegant richly written work on par with Ian McDonald's best Over the last couple of years though I've been having a love affair with Iain Banks' works and I was eager to see Banks' take on the Multiverse conceptFor most of the book Transition was living up to my expectations The character development was as good as I've seen from Banks and the plot was crafted with his usual clever eye for detail and puzzle construction For 350 pages I watched rich deep characters evolve and take their places in an interlocking web of conspiracy romance politics and philosophy The prose was Banks' typical blend of smooth rationality stream of consciousness poetry and humor Like I said I've been having a love affair with Banks' work; his books just do it for me Best of all Transition unfolded in a decidedly non linear fashion I love non linear writingThen Banks crammed 150 pages worth of material into the last 50 pages He made leaps over wide logical gaps with only the most tenuous lines of reasoning He took a comfortable and deliberately paced story and sped it up until it sounded like somebody put a 33rpm vinyl on a 45rpm turntable Banks built key plot points at the book's climax upon thin flimsy foundations In the last 50 pages Banks put all his creative energy into being witty and clever and exciting but at the expense of writing a solid and believable ending to a potentially brilliant work of science fiction Transition was 350 pages of five star masterpiece level material followed by 50 pages of two star dither How utterly disappointingI still think Transition is worth your time Those first 350 pages contain some of the most interesting creative and well written fiction I've seen You might not be as disappointed as I was with the last 50 pages and even if you are it will still have been worth the read Why? Well here's a few things I loved about the bookThe non linear tale Like I said I love me some non linear storytelling and nobody does it better than Iain Banks Banks can jump you around in time and space like nobody's business His talent for revealing unraveling and peeling back the layers of fact and emotion is both captivating and effective His non linear style drives the plot makes key connections and lets you into the hearts and minds of his characters and all the while he clearly has fun with itNo good and evil just humans no character in Transition strays too far toward the good hero end of the spectrum and neither do they stray too far toward the evil villain end They are humans with human concerns human practicalities human strengths and human weaknesses Some are certainly better people than others to be sure but all are identifiableAn original take on the Multiverse concept I had been looking forward to Banks writing a Multiverse novel because I love his imagination and creativity In that respect Transition did not disappoint I totally dug how he painted the Multiverse and humans' place in it I love the way people jump from one reality to another in an efficient manner but not without conseuencesCreative scenery a mainstay of Banks' Culture novels is the imaginative settings in which they are set Banks has a vivid and fun imagination he also has a rather disturbing imagination and it shows in the physical scenery in which his characters operateJust enough crazy Banks must be crazy I mean actually mentally ill because he seems to know too much about it and his writing can make me feel like I've lost a few marbles myself Transition really could have been Iain Banks' masterpiece if only he had put some energy into setting up and laying out a complete and satisfying ending It's as though the energy he put into the first 350 pages simply wore him out and he had nothing left for the ending It's really too bad the way the reader is left with such a bad taste after reading a book with such a great beginning and tremendous potential But don't take my word for it; see what you think for yourself UPDATE AND ADDENDUMI loved the late 80's and early 90's The clothes the music the cars were serious crap but I was always in to 60's era muscle cars anyway and let's not forget the artwork Okay the artwork was pretty much crap too but I was uite fond of those computer generated colorful fields of visual gibberish which contained a hidden picture that you could only see by focusing your eyes at some point beyond the picture itself Remember those? There would be a pirate ship hidden in a field of blue wavy things or a barn would pop out of a field of green flowery shapes The point of this art should I put art in uotes here? was that the intended object of your attention was always there but was hidden under a layer of distraction You just had to focus your eyes beyond or perhaps through the field of gibberishThe analogy between that rad 80's artwork and Transition is neither complete nor perfect for one thing I don't think the surface layer of Transition is gibberish at all but the analogy works for my purposes The true picture Banks painted in Transition is not the storyline you read on the surface but something underneathIn fact I was fully prepared for people who read my original review to accuse me of not having focused my eyes properly of having seen dither in the last 50 pages because I couldn't take my focus off the surface My response would have been to say that I actually had focused beyond the surface and seen Banks' real picture but that my criticism of the last 50 pages still stands The last 50 pages was still paced too fast still crammed in too much info and still was not set up as well as it could have beenWell I've given the book a great deal though over the last couple of days including reading some commentaries by people clearly much smarter than I am and upon further reflection I have the following to add1 My criticism of the last 50 pages still stands though it no longer bothers me very much given the additional insights I've gained into the book as a whole Thus my rating goes from 4 stars to 52 I still believe I was properly focusing beyond the surface storyline and seeing a hidden picture underneath though now I realize I was only seeing one of several related hidden pictures3 Transition as it turns out is like a piece of 80's computer artwork that has two or three pictures layered under the visual gibberish and you have to re focus your eyes further beyond the surface to see each layer I was seeing beyond the surface to the first hidden layer but not to the second or third4 The second and third layers of hidden artwork are where the real treasure lies This is why my criticism of the last 50 pages is no longer such a big deal; in essence my criticism applies to the surface storyline but not to the gems hidden underneath5 Banks' anti capitalist rhetoric actually has a place within a larger and deeper point in Transition in other books it comes across as the point itself which is too preachy often even for those who agree with it6 Banks ties together some potential philosophical and cosmological implications of the Multiverse in ways I never could have thought of7 Who would have thought an author could get so much material from the concept of solipsism?So there you go I now see Transition as fulfilling much of my expectations I acknowledge the possibility that I so badly wanted the book to fulfill my expectations that I have simply hunted for reasons to give it a five star rating Maybe the second and third layered hidden pictures I now think I see are figments of my imagination Maybe I'm trying to hard to make mysteries out of nothing just so I can justify my love of Banks and my expectations for his newest genre busting novel Or perhaps Transition is really that good

  5. Elf M. Elf M. says:

    I don't think I can legitimately say I read Iain M Banks' latest SF book Transition I think it's best to say that I subjected myself to it Sometime past the halfway point I snarked to someone that this book answered one of the burning uestions of my lifetime What would happen if China Mieville wrote Nine Princes in Amber fanfic? Having finished the book I stand by that assessmentSpoiler for the Zelazny snark view spoilerThe Zelzany bit comes from the premise of the book that there are people who can walk among the many different worlds each only slightly different from its neighbors Banks pretties this up with a couple of modern details and a lot of handwaving about multidimensionality obviously fueled by staring at too many PBS or BBC specials about how computers help us envisage tesseracts and hypercubesAt the center of the Universe is Amber Calbefraues and its Castle Dome of the Mists where great mysteries abide and vast multiverse spanning conspiracies are hatching Our principal narrator is a world walking expert agent dispatched by the Central Council of Cabelfraues with the purpose of smoothing out the ripples in the space time continuum and ensuring as much as peace and harmony as possible in the universes adjacent to Calbefraues Sometimes he does this by saving lives; sometimes by taking lives hide spoiler

  6. Jesse Wolfe 5199 Jesse Wolfe 5199 says:

    I've read a lot of Iain Banks books in the last couple years and this is the first one that wasn't amazing This books is not only less than amazing it is actually terribleThe characters are all obvious stereotypes There are extended monologues where these characters explain their identity directly to you the reader and then most of those characters are just dropped from the storylineThe plot ranges from nebulous to pointless No character seems to have any particular motivations so the story lurches along towards a climax for its own sakeEveryone has sex with everyone else for no apparent reasonThe science fiction elements of the story are half baked and unconvincing It is hard to believe that the same author who created the Culture series and The Algebraist would have left such gaping inconsistencies in the descriptions of the use of any technology but there it isRather than resolving mysteries the story arc just piles on and deus ex machinaThe book even seems to have some sort of political message about 911 hysteria but despite all the tactless Christian Terrorist scenes and descriptions of torture there didn't seems to be any particular point to the whole thing which makes it feel like those elements were thrown in just for the tabloid valueThis books is so unlike any other book by the author that I've seen I cannot help but assume that this text was actually an early draft of a better novel stolen from his files and published without his permission

  7. David David says:

    I had difficulty following this book The story went so slowly it seemed like the prologue lasted maybe a uarter of the book before anything substantial happened Some of the plot was sickening I felt nothing for any of the charactersI heartily recommend this book for sadists and masochists

  8. Mike Franklin Mike Franklin says:

    I loved this book – it’s probably now one of my favourite Banks books – though I suspect that just two or three years ago I would have been much ambivalent; possibly even disliked it I am glad I have recently read my first couple of Iain Banks ‘mainstream’ books as opposed to Iain M Banks science fiction as this book seemed to have a foot in each camp The main story premise is firmly science fiction but the style of writing is much closer to his pretty weird mainstream writing; I saw a lot of parallels with Walking on Glass both in content and style That style being much ambiguous than most of his SF work with of a hidden subtext and reuiring a little effort from the reader; something I like a lotAs to that subtext it is very much a book about transitions or boundaries beyond the obvious transitions between alternatives worldsuniverses that is its main subject I noticed many such themes throughout the bookHe talks about solipsism which seems to be something of a recurring theme in his work and in particular looks at the boundary between solipsism and belief in yourself; having the courage of your convictions and not crossing that boundary Madame d’Ortolan is presented as someone who has crossed that boundary with the belief that all the infinite worlds are there to serve here purpose whereas Mrs Mulverhill must stay on the other side of the boundary with the belief that she is right to oppose Madame d’Ortolan without justifying that belief simply because it is she who believes itThere are other similar boundaries explored in the book There is the distinction between terrorists and counter terrorists When the methods employed by counter terrorists include torture does that mean they’ve stepped over the line to become terrorists themselves? Banks almost forces us to consider that uestion by deliberately only addressing this issue in worlds where the terrorists are the Christian Terrorists In particular we meet the first policeman to apply torture thereby saving many lives who then insisted on his own prosecution and imprisonment because he had broken the law He is viewed by the new modern police complete with their torturers as a hero and he condemns those same police for thinking that way As far as he is concerned the police have stepped over that boundaryAnother transition is Adrian’s transformation from coke dealer to ‘respectable’ hedge fund dealer How big a difference is there between the two? Banks doesn’t seem to think there’s very much The Patient 8262 thread examines the boundary between sane belief in an apparently insane reality and insane belief in an apparently impossible reality; another theme Banks seems to like visiting I’m sure there are examples that I have missedThe basic premise of this book – the idea that people can flit across the multiple universes by taking over the bodies of people in that universe – is frankly so unlikely that it borders on the ridiculous and reuires a significant suspension of disbelief But that is okay; the ability to do this has always been one of the great strengths of science fiction; any science fiction book with time travel faster than light travel etc falls into this area However science fiction permits this sort of premise allowing the author to then examine the implications and conseuences whether they be social environmental political military etc Books that do this well rapidly become favourites for me and Banks’ transition is an outstanding example of this type of bookAdded later One final thought – an omission in my view – was that though briefly touched on a couple of times there was no discussion of the morality of taking over the bodies of innocent ‘civilians’ sometimes for extended periods of time and sometimes leaving them to the conseuences of their having ‘murdered’ somebody whilst they weren’t in control I felt that this was an area the book could and should have addressed

  9. Tom Lloyd Tom Lloyd says:

    I've not actually finished this but currently I'm unsure whether I will I'm halfway and taking a break from it most likely I'll come back to it but I'm not certain Why? Because most of it is Banksy talking at me He's not telling me a story he's telling me about elements within a story and i'm struggling to care there's little interaction with people and relatively little action Individual pieces are interesting but while the connections are clear there's not yet been much to make me care about how it fits together of an impression that it's actually not going to end up as anything hugely interestingsurprisingI've had a problem with a number of his recent books there's no doubt the man can write really well but he's getting long winded and less about letting a story unfold for the reader And it's really bugging me because with all that I love about many of his novels he seems to have forgotten what made them so good His style's changing as he gets older and it's just not working for me I do want to finish it to see if it all comes together in the end but I'm not holding out a whole lot of hope Edit I've now finished it after a month or two away It's an Iain Banks and I dislike walking away from one of his given his undoubted skill as a writer and coupled with the fact it's a multi strand novel that was clearly building to bring those all together And was it all worth it?No not really I read the rest pretty easily the style either eased up or I was just used to it but the denouemont was incredibly flat 'hero' gets an ass load of convenient powers which means he escapes at the end nothing's really explained little enough can be derived and all the uestions about a conspiracy are glossed over to the point where I felt fairly cheated of an ending So sod it I'm going to be far picky about Banksy books in future usually from the blurb I can tell whether or not I'm likely to enjoy it and he's used up any good will built up from books like Player of Games Excession Song of Stone Whit Crow Road etc Transition Matter The Business Inversions there's a load of his books that have been significant disappointments I don't care if I don't full get a novel Feersum Enjinn and Use of Weapons certainly aren't easy but I could see the uality still Now it's just echoes of a writer's skill

  10. A. Dawes A. Dawes says:

    Iain Banks is a writer with a rare understanding of identity Much like his predecessor PK Dick Banks is masterful at changing his prose to suit each individual character He succeeds again here with Transition yet despite the wonderful unreliable opening and exceptional voice Banks isn't at his best in terms of the actual story here Transition is an ambitious work that attempts to explore a vast array of themes capitalism solipsism existentialism terrorism religious extremism Islamophobia without allowing adeuate time for any of them Banks' characters are also so strong in Transition that for a non genre reader they probably border on caricatures Adrian the tough talking drug dealerbusiness man is given plenty of ranting space yet his role in the narrative is obliue at best It's especially minor when compared to the space he's been givenWithout giving it all away there are interfering elite secret groups wielding great influence and there is body possession whereby identities are inhabited for short periods of time And structurally it all comes to a premature and rushed ending Don't give up on Banks though Sci Fi fans should try his Culture series and for other readers The Wasp Factory and Old Crow Road are both superb

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