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All the Culture novels are great, but this is by far my favorite because the setting combines the worlds of medieval fantasy with the Culture's hard sci-fi. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Captain
It is impossible to describe an Iain Banks novel. If you have not yet read any of those based within or near the Culture, I envy you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Casey C. Jones
Not enough Culture for my taste. It felt very long. Weak ending, and what's with putting the epilogue after the appendix?Published 1 month ago by Aaron Mcbride
An odd juxtaposition of ancient vs futureistic setting, but the future remains bright.Published 1 month ago by Tae Kim
Iain M Banks science fiction story-telling is complex and entertaining. The culture series explores relationships between and among among societies, which have achieved different... Read morePublished 2 months ago by E L Andrews
Not as funny as some others in the series, but if you're a fan of Culture, you will probably like it.Published 4 months ago by Douglas Allen
This story centers on a medieval society of an 8th level civilization of a shell world that, with the murder of it's warring king, becomes the nexus of attention for more advanced... Read morePublished 4 months ago by W. Mann
Banks' boilerplate tough, extremely capable female protagonist gets another outing, and very welcome she is. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mogwai Ahoy
Great story, will keep your attention throughout. Leave it to Banks to think big and broadly, a really good read.Published 5 months ago by J. M. Lowe