Use of Weapons (Culture #3)

The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks and military action n nThe woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, b

The Wasp Factory

Frank, no ordinary sixteen year old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village Their life is, to say the least, unconventional Frank s mother abandoned them years ago his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital and his father measures out his eccentricities on an i

Matter (Culture, #8)

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, i

Excession (Culture, #5)

The international sensation Iain M Banks offers readers a deeply imaginative, wittily satirical tale, proving once again that he is a talent to be reckoned with Locus In Excession, the Culture s espionage and dirty tricks section orders Diplomat Byr Gen Hofoen to steal the soul of a long dea

The Algebraist

It is 4034 Humanity has made it to the stars Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest

The Crow Road

It was the day my grandmother exploded I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach s Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach n nPrentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but endur