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  • Sickening

    1
    By StoryDelver
    Ok science fiction but descends into gratuitous putrid imagery that does nothing for the story. No one wants these images in their head. Kills the story.
  • A Disappointing Read

    1
    By 3ringbinder
    I forced my way through it. Very unevenly written ... I found myself slogging through it to find the interesting bits. Definitely not worth $9.99.
  • A Great Introduction to Culture

    5
    By Jc67989
    I have been working through Banks' Culture novels (out of order) and I think I would recommend this as a great jumping-in point. It is the first novel in the series he wrote, but you don't necessarily have to read them in order, even though there is a lot of chronology and some overlap in characters and events. Banks was a prolific, visionary sci-fi author. His stories jump off the page. Highly recommended.
  • Fi w/o much Sci

    3
    By Polarity Reversal
    Episodic space opera with virtually no science and a whole lot of adventure fighting. Reads like a series of short stories without much of an ending.
  • 100 Words or Less

    3
    By JRubino
    Good, hard hitting, traditional sci-fi is hard to come by nowadays, but Banks’ novel does its best to fit the mold. This is good enough to keep you interested until the end, though I have to admit the series of small battles begin to blend into a nonsensical mess. Individually, the chapters are well written. But as a whole, at times it seems there is blood and guts just for the sake of blood and guts. That detracts from its impact. Too bad. The core of this novel is strong.
  • Good solid space opera

    4
    By MishieFishie
    A very engaging read, but I wasn't too happy with the ending. Not as much tech as I like in sci-fi, but good character development.
  • Awesome roller coaster ride

    5
    By Doticus
    Unlike his later novels, reading this book is like jumping on a moving freight train. What a ride. Gruesome, bold, and interesting.
  • Peak form

    5
    By Bitter Arugula
    This is Banks at his best and the Culture at its grandest.

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