A nice, filling portion of Banks. Not his greatest book, but Inversions is still a solid Culture book which is a very good thing indeed. Although perhaps "solid" isn't the best way to describe a book about deceptions and reversals. The story is somewhat odd in that it never mentions the Culture explicitly, so if you haven't read several of these books you will miss out on a sort of invisible half of the plot that is entirely off screen. On the other hand, if you have read several Culture books, then some of the major plot twists are going to be predictable, since Banks has typical ways in which he twists. Still, enjoyable. It is a bit reminiscent of _Despair_ or other Nabokov in its profusion of mirrored images and, well, inversions.