, June 15, 2011
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Action packed and riveting, a great space opera novel from Banks's Culture series. Most of the Culture novels are pretty good as stand alone reads, and this one is no exception. The downside of them being standalone reads is you don't get the character continuity you would get in a traditional series, but the Culture (the galaxy spanning pan human protagonist for most of these books) is almost like an independent character in itself. If you haven't read a Culture novel before, this is as good as any of them to give it a try.