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In the midst of a war between two galactic empires, a shapechanging agent of the Iridans undertakes a clandestine mission to a forbidden planet in search of an intelligent, fugitive machine whose actions could alter the course of the conflict. Banks ( Walking on Glass ) demonstrates a talent for suspense in a new wave sf novel that should appeal to fans of space adventure. For large sf collections. JC
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'Banks is a phenomenon: the wildly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing non-genre novels, he's equally at home writing pure science fiction of a perculiarly gnarly energy and elegance' William Gibson 'There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness' The Times 'Poetic, humourous, baffling, terrifying, sexy - the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more' NMESee all Editorial Reviews
Great read. Enjoyed it immensely. I'm going to read more by this author & the series. If you like expansive space opera with a personal story, it's a read for you.Published 4 days ago by Erick M Moyer
Full disclosure: I only read half this book before I gave up on it.
This isn't a bad book. Read more
Imaginative and kind of bizarre... interesting but not the kind of book that grabs you and makes you stay up all night to finish it.Published 15 days ago by No Cute Name
While an interesting look into a fantastic war of fantastic proportions, every detail seems to just be glossed over. Read morePublished 20 days ago by E
My first exposure to the Vulture series. Think a much darker version of Known Space with a bit less science. Nothing mind blowing but an entertaining read. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Zachary P. Stewart
And yes, like an idiot I continued to read until the end, thinking it would get better or that the main story line, which was somewhat interesting, would resolve into something... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shark Likes
I am afraid I and this book were not a match. After finishing it I have many reservations, but probably the most important ones are:
* It is not really a SF book. Read more