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This was the first book by Iain M. Banks I ever read, and it prompted me to read every one of his other SciFi novels.
By the end of the book I just didn't care what happened to the characters, as the author doesn't give you many reasons to like or dislike them.
The first half of this story was fairly engrossing, and the plot & characters held my interest for several several sessions of reading.
Well written and entertaining, with sympathetic characters, and an interesting universe.
I had previously read Player of Games, another Culture novel, without realizing that... Read more
I read this book after reading the hydrogen sonata.
I found this book to be less enjoyable. It was still good but the characters were far less interesting.
Banks' dark and erudite take on the future creates a technologically advanced universe of diverse humanoids including many delightfully articulate and witty AI's. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Listening
15 years after first reading Phlebas (and still having no idea what the title refers to) going back and rereading Banks' books is as about as good as it's going to be anymore. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mogwai Ahoy
This was an easy to read, good old fashioned sci-fi adventure, reminding me of the Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein stories I read in my childhood.Published 26 days ago by Tony Cruz
The Culture is a genetically enhanced human/machine federation with trillions of genefixed sentients living long and luxurious lives on artificial orbitals, rings and rocks... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ken Brody
I guess I'm just not that in to humans making love to aliens, it seems so unrealistic.Published 1 month ago by Nick Curry