When your protagonist is captured three times in a book, you have a problem. When more than half a book is summed up by "supposedly elite espionage agent and shapeshifter can't find a ride", you've got a problem. When the reader concludes that the protagonists allies will probably all die of friendly fire, and they do, albeit over many many pages going no where, it's a problem. When your multi-species crew of star-faring mercenaries can't figure out how to kill an unconscious member of a common belligerent species (one that's perfectly killable), it's a problem.
This book has vast amounts of writing that fails to move the plot or characters. The characters are too dumb to live. There was little to no consequence to their actions. I won't be picking up any of the other books in the series.
I bought this book not knowing much about it, and it turned out to be an amazing choice. It is filled with adventure, action, suspense, espionage, deceit, you name it this book has it. It can be a very dark story at times and it does have its very grotesque moments so if you are not into heavy description of violence and sometimes gore then I would steer clear. Overall a great sci-fi read and it was my intro to the culture series which I am now fascinated with.
Maybe it was the narrator but I had my mind drifting away all the time. I concur my English skills to be good but the thick accents were too much for me at times. I pretty much enjoyed only the list two hours excluding the least chapter
For whatever reason, this is the fourth Culture series book I read. Like many of the others, it is a very compelling world to engage within. Also like many of his other books, the plot is great at the start and end but drags in the middle. All in all, I highly recommend it. My favorite Culture series book is The Player of Games. It is tightly written and does not depend on any other book.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This is the first in Ian Banks’ highly acclaimed Culture Series. I could not make myself get into this book; which is a shame because it has all the Space Opera elements that I was looking for in a Sci-Fi novel. I had read that this first book in the Culture series was an acquired taste, but I decided to give it a try anyway. My parting feeling was that this reads like Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but without the slapstick belly laughs. The result was that I have decided that this is not for me. Only a strong personal recommendation could get me to continue this series.
Peter Kenny has a nicely sophisticated British accent which makes for pleasant listening but which does not provide for easy emotional empathy for those of us requiring more American cultural cues to gain full access.
The first half was great. It left lots to the imagination. The author tries to address to much at different times, and the story gets very confusing by the end. The book practically ends 2 chapters before the end. The last chapters were like the author was sobering up and tying up loose ends.
that was terrible and painful to finish. I didn't care about the main character and the side characters were okay and the mind ship was mentioned barely and that was the thing I was most interested in. I would never recommend this book.