Matter (The Culture #7) - Iain M. Banks 8.46   11

Locus Award nominee 2009.

In a world renowned within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one – maybe two – people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she’d thought abandoned forever.

Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has become an agent of the Culture’s Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilisations throughout the greater galaxy.

Concealing her new identity – and her particular set of abilities – might be a dangerous strategy. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else’s war is never a simple matter.


Release date January 31, 2008

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The Culture :: Series

Series contains 9 primary works and has 13 total works.

Consider Phlebas (The Culture #1) 7.90   84
The Player of Games (The Culture #2) 8.12   76
Use of Weapons (The Culture #3) 8.12   69
Excession (The Culture #4) 9.10   10
Inversions (The Culture #5) 8.34   9
Look to Windward (The Culture #6) 7.92   58
Matter (The Culture #7) 8.46   11
Surface Detail (The Culture #8) 7.94   59
The Hydrogen Sonata (The Culture #9) 9.50   8
The State of the Art 7.50   4
The State of the Art 7.44   9
The Culture: The Drawings 8.42   7
The Culture: The Notes (working title) 7.50   2

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