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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.
Liked most of the book. I pretty much skipped the internal monologue of fal' ngreesta. As well as the "where are they now" parts for characters that had almost no affect on the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by kyle
I was expecting hard scifi and instead it was over the top action the whole time. Not sure why I didn't enjoy it more. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Gareth Cox
For me, this book had a lot of potential but ultimately did not deliver. Interesting settings, civilizations, ships, and conflicts with artificial Minds at the center. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Human B. Ing
banks is always fresh and imaginative. Any serious sci-fier will like this book, its plot and characters. I highly recommend it.Published 9 days ago by Louis P
I've had enough! I made it to page 200... But I will spare myself of the rest. I was curious about the Culture series so I picked it up from the beginning. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M101
A highly entertaining, fast paced quest story. Iain M Banks manages to juggle some impressive ideas with a pumping story that has stood the test of time.Published 1 month ago by James
Whew, what a dense book, if that is something you can say about a book. So much going on and so many strange names that I had no idea how to pronounce in my head (internal reading... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John J. Knight
Weary of formulaic tales? -space battles against impossible odds that succeed anyway? -characters using armored suits that ignore laser hits and still maintain their sensor... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer