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On the run from a cult of intergalactic religious fanatics who want her death, the Lady Sharrow emerges from retirement to seek out a powerful artifact that may save her life--the legendary Lady Gun, a weapon that kills by altering the reality around it. The author of Consider Phlebas ( LJ 5/15/88) and The Player of Games ( LJ 2/15/89) has constructed a richly hued, far-future tapestry for his latest space adventure. Sophisticated prose, complex characters, and an unbridled imagination combine in this tale of high drama and intrigue. A good choice for most libraries.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Banks ain't kidding. He warned you up front that this is a dark novel―Norman Spinrad
There is now no British SF wirter to whose work I look forward to with greater keenness.―The Times
Imaginatively brilliant.―Daily Mail
Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary breadth―The New York Review of Science Fiction
I don't know how I managed to read the whole book, maybe because I didn't have anything else to read or that in the first pages I spotted a too friendly character that I suspected... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2012 by Pop Powl
I'm sorry to say I didn't enjoy Mr. Banks vision of a future world. His protagonist, Sharrow never really grabbed me as a living, breathing character involved in this quest she... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2012 by R. W. Hogan
Very confusing storylines that never go anywhere and characters that never come to life made this a very difficult read. Mr. Read morePublished on May 31 2002 by Phillip G. Cameron
This is a confusing, disappointing book. I wish I could say that it had potential and the author simply dropped the ball on the follow through, but I'd be lying to you. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2001 by Justus Pendleton
I can't decide if this book should get 3 or 4 stars. It is a good book, no doubt about that, it's just that I can't stand the kind of despair and doom that permeats the book. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2001 by Greger Wikstrand
There are quite a few arguments that Iain Banks is among the top three greatest living authors of the latter part of the last century (and going into the next). Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2000 by Michael Battaglia
This is the finest science fiction novel I've ever read. Banks puts you in a totally unique, self-contained world, but never contradicts himself and never dwells on the details to... Read morePublished on Dec 23 1999 by JACOBUS VALK