Count Sessine is about to die for the very last time ...Chief Scientist Gadfium is about to receive the mysterious message she has been waiting for from the Plain of Sliding Stones ...And Bascule the Teller, in search of an ant, is about to enter the chaos of the crypt ...And everything is about to change ...For this is the time of the encroachment and, although the dimming sun still shines on the vast, towering walls of Serehfa Fastness, the end is close at hand.
The King knows it, his closest advisers know it, yet sill they prosecute the war against the clan Engineers with increasing savagery.
The crypt knows it too; so an emissary has been sent, an emissary who holds the key to all their futures.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 08/06/1995
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781857232738
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Review by louiserb
This was a tough read, especially with whole chapters handed over to no-talk mix of Glaswegian-Aberdonian nonesense.
Review by kukkurovaca
While the future English is....annoying, the book is enjoyable.
Review by Rivendell
As others have noted, this is not an easy read. But unlike some others (such as Bourdieu about whom someone once noted)it is not the case that "he does not have to write this way" : writing this way is part of why Feersum Endjinn is so great. Perhaps it's because I'm dyslexic. Perhaps because I have an academic interest in language and identity ... but whatever it is, I "get" this book, and it's one of my favourite Banks' novels.
Review by Clurb
I have to admit to being disappointed with the storyline to this one, having come at it expecting the usual Banks brilliance. If nothing else, read it for the phonetic sections and marvel at how quickly your brain compensates and allows you to race through it.
Review by isabelx
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