Feersum Endjinn, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (9 ratings)


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:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781857232738

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This was a tough read, especially with whole chapters handed over to no-talk mix of Glaswegian-Aberdonian nonesense.

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While the future English is....annoying, the book is enjoyable.

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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.

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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.

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The Count Sessine had died many times, once in an aircraft crash, once in a bathyscape accident, once at the hand of an assassin, once in a duel, once at a hand of a jealous lover, once at the hand of a lover's jealous husband and once of old age. Now, it was twice at the hand of an assassin; a male one this time, for a reason he was unable to determine, and - most distressingly - for the last time. Finally, physically dead, for ever more.On a future earth about to enter a cosmic dust crowd that will threaten extinction for human civilisation, the ruling consistory do not seem to be taking the threat of the Encroachment seriously. The story is told from four points of view; Count Sessine a recently assassinated member of the aristocracy, Chief Gadfium, the government's chief scientist, Bascule a young man who comes to be mixed up in things seemingly by accident, and Asura, who was created by the crypt to bring out the answer to the problem of the Encroachment. The crypt is a fascinating invention; part afterlife, part collective unconscious, part virtual reality world, part AI system protecting the castle and its people.An exciting if confusing story, that all comes together at the end. The only problem I had was with the phonetic representation of Bascule's speech, . . . whitch . . . if . . . ur . . . nthin . . . lik . . . me . . . wil . . . 1/2 . . . u . . . reedin . . . 1 . . . wurd . . . @ . . . a . . . time . . . like . . . a . . . smol . . . chyl.

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