Felicity, October 23, 2008 (view all comments by Felicity)
Gripping, well written, with intriguing characters. The story jumps from frying pan to fire to space battle to colossal cruise ship about to crash - definitely engaging, but occasionally almost too much peril. I enjoyed the complex moral fabric of the universe, and the author's willingness to make sorrow a part of the book and world. My first Iain M. Banks: I will be reading more.
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Chris Johnson, June 2, 2008 (view all comments by Chris Johnson)
The best place to start if you want to read the Culture novels of Iain M. Banks. This was the first one, with the greatest insight into the Culture. A more-or-less straightforward "space western" plot, but populated by imaginative and fascinating life forms, and with a fantastic denouement. Banks writes gripping stories with imagination, nuance, and moral complexity.
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