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Against a dark background av Iain Banks
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Against a dark background (urspr publ 1993; utgåvan 1993)

av Iain Banks

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Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilization based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her. Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself.… (mer)
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Titel:Against a dark background
Författare:Iain Banks
Info:London : Orbit, 1993.
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Against a Dark Background av Iain M. Banks (1993)

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We aren't given much reason to give a damn about Sharrow, we aren't given any feeling for the connection between her and the remaining 4 of her original 7 virally bonded battle companions, and we have no sensory connection to the exotic landscapes they risk on the supposedly(because, really who cares?) harrowing scavenger hunt of antiquities to find the one that will save Sharrow's life. If you like huge pointless body counts, gruesome dismemberment and think there is a point to saving a life by risking all the lives that matter, sure sink more hours than you can really spare in 644 pages of pleated plot that hides the near complete lack of ability to write more than isolated scenes. But that's only if you think that escaping after waking up in the custody of your enemies is a valid trope, because that happens repeatedly, past ad nauseam. Banks surely thinks well of himself, but no one else need bother. ( )
  quondame | Sep 22, 2021 |
I only read the first 50 pages- not the kind of book I enjoy. I hd read some brief reviews which claimed it was excellent world building, but now I find out it is a kind of swashbuckling fantasy rather than the sci-fi I was looking for. Appears to be written for the teenage Dungeons and Dragons mind with a sci-fi twist? ( )
  keithostertag | Mar 3, 2021 |
3 and a half stars really... or maybe even 4 - I'm just being mean. There was quite a lot of torture in this one which I am never really comfortable with. Banks is one of the few writers that I can read with this level of violence. Early on with some of the Iain Banks novels I decided that it was something Banks played with, but not something that he enjoyed. And that left me able to enjoy (although not quite the right word here) reading his books. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Although it starts not really very well and the writing and conversation feels very wooden and clishe like after about half into the book the whole story picks up to a really nice finale. ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
Not a Culture novel, and, according to Wikipedia, a rewrite of an earlier effort. It's space opera, long but solidly written, but without the nuanced cultural debate you might expect from Banks. There's one central character, female, whose story begins with a very traumatic childhood event. The book then jumps many years ahead into a story line that is basically "hey, team, let's go on a quest."

This novel has my usual pet peeve with modern space opera: when things blow up, the body count always has to be in the 100s of millions. Near the end there's a nod to all the "spear carriers" who died along the way, but to me that's like characters in a bad movie saying "this is like a bad movie!" Saying there's cliche doesn't undo the cliche.

Probably the most interesting narrative technique is the gradual increasing occurrence of flashbacks as the book progresses, not only to fill in necessary references, but to highlight the character's gradual coming to term with her past. There's an unpublished epilogue that closes things off, but I think the book works better without it.

Recommended, as always, but not the best of Banks. ( )
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"Good afternoon. I'd like a FrintArms HandCannon, please."

"A--? Oh, now, that's an awfully big gun for such a lovely lady. I mean, not everybody thinks ladies should carry guns at all, though I say they have a right to. But I think... I might... Let's have a look down here. I might have just the thing for you. Yes, here we are! Look at that, isn't it neat? Now that is a FrintArms product as well, but it's what's called a laser -- a light-pistol some people call them. Very small, as you see; fits easily into a pocket or bag; won't spoil the line of a jacket; and you won't feel you're lugging half a tonne of iron around with you. We do a range of matching accessories, including -- if I may say so -- a rather saucy garter holster. Wish I got to do the fitting for that! Ha -- just my little joke. And there's *even*... here we are -- this special presentation pack: gun, charged battery, charging unit, beautiful glider-hide shoulder holster with adjustable fitting and contrast stitching, and a discount on your next battery. Full instructions, of course, and a voucher for free lessons at your local gun club or range. Or there's the *special* presentation pack; it has all the other one's got but with *two* charged batteries and a night-sight, too. Here, feel that -- don't worry, it's a dummy battery -- isn't it neat? Feel how light it is? Smooth, see? No bits to stick out and catch on your clothes, *and* beautifully balanced. And of course the beauty of a laser is, there's no recoil. Because it's shooting light, you see? Beautiful gun, beautiful gun; my wife has one. Really. That's not a line, she really has. Now, I can do you that one -- with a battery and a free charge -- for ninety-five; or the presentation pack on a special offer for one-nineteen; or this, the special presentation pack, for one-forty-nine."

"I'll take the special."

"Sound choice, madam, *sound* choice. Now, do--?"

"And a HandCannon, with the eighty-mill silencer, five GP clips, three six-five AP/wire-flechettes clips, two bipropellant HE clips, and a Special Projectile Pack if you have one -- the one with the embedding rounds, not the signalers. I assume the night-sight on this toy is compatible?"

"Aah... yes, And how does madam wish to pay?"

She slapped her credit card on the counter. "Eventually."
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Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilization based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her. Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself.

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