I agree with Kurt; Iain Banks has been a long time favorite of mine, and i wish to see more of his books, although personally i want to listen to The Alchemist. I have heard that it was his best book.
Not only was the book boring, its fixation on toture was very off-putting. I give two stars because, like book 1 of the Splatterjay series, there is a story somewhere in there amongst the shock and gore.
Banks defines the "New Space Opera". Go get some "Culture" (that's what his longest series is called) or even better; The Algebraist. This trash-novel ended faster than i expected, and i was relieved.