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1) This here was authored by the late Iain M Banks.
2) It's a culture novel.
Don't know what that is? DAMN! Go read Player of Games right now, son! Read more
One of Banks better books. Looks at the hard kicks life will give one and when to say enough. Almost as intense as "Use of Weapons". Worth the time to read.Published 11 months ago by daverl
This would be a good introduction to Iain Banks, if you're new to his books. Probably this and Excession are his two most accessible books. Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by Jane Avriette
Insightful clear thought wrapped in a fantastic and surprisingly humorous package. It took me a little while to figure out why Mr. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Yethrib
While not a sequel to 'Consider Phlebas', this book results from the consequences of certain events that happened in the idiran/culture war of that novel, namely, the destruction... Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2002 by DAVID NELSON
Yes, finally we see Banks portray the Culture as something
other than the civilised good guys and other races as something
other than simple primitives in need of the... Read more
The setting is Masaq; an Orbital (a man-made space station housing millions of people and machines), where the light of two exploding suns hundreds of light years away can now be... Read morePublished on March 23 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org
A solid book that's worth the read, but only average to below-average for Banks. Readers of his work will find most of the book fairly predictable. Read morePublished on March 8 2002 by John Faughnan
I think this (the latest Culture novel) is the worst of Banks' novels. It appeared to me as if a good down payment from his publisher was his key motivation rather than literature... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by J Hurwitz