I liked the book overall, but it took me 300 pages before it was interesting enough for me to read it for long periods of time.
I've read all of the science fiction (and most of the "straight" fiction) by Iain M. Banks, and I think that this is the funniest of them all.
As with most Culture books there are many unique and intriguing aliens and worlds that show off Bank's gift for creating the amazing.
One of my favorites, even if not (quite) his best. Was sort of a highlite of the series, even though there were denouements afterward. Read morePublished 6 days ago by John Birkenhauer
This Culture book offers a lot of insight into the Minds as a population. It also is probably the best example of the glorious depravity and splendid solipsism of the Culture... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian Tarver
I’m reviewing a 1996 novel read in 2014, so I am making allowances for certain ideas. I’m a Banks Culture fan, but this was not his best work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by factoid junkie
This book suffers from poor editing, in my opinion. Banks throws lots of interesting ideas at the wall but doesn't develop any of them fully. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Toni Price
Another Great Culture Book by Iain M. Banks - a great read, I promise you won't
When I first read Excession I enjoyed it but, didn't love it like the other Culture novels. It had the wit, action, and energy of the other books, but it just didn't click with me... Read morePublished 4 months ago by F. Naughton
Yet another imaginative, entertaining book by Iain Banks. Far from the narrative brilliance of Use of Weapons and without its moral gravity, it is still a very solid piece of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by maciek sopek