Okay, this is my last Iain Banks book. I gave him two tries, and that should be enough.
Someone else mentioned that this could have been a novella. That is true and all you really need to know.
He's not a bad writer. And the book does have a satisfying conclusion. It just didn't take me in the direction I wanted it to go. Too much time was spent on inconsequential things, in my opinion. I also do not like the amount of sexual references and depravity that we see or hear mention of. Sure the Empire is a decrepit and corrupt place and needs to go, but there must have been more tasteful ways to convey that.
The personalities of the droids shine through again, and he does a good job of describing the game without getting too bogged down in details. I just don't understand why both this book and the previous one, Consider Phlebas, actually center around fringe storylines rather then really taking us through the Culture and all the vast wonders that must surely be part of it.
Alas, I don't have the patience to try another one to see if this ever happens.
The main character is a bore until you get deep enough into the story to realize it's the culture that is the real main character.
Poorly edited books bug me.
I love everything about this book, with the possible exception of its similarity to Hesse's Glass Bead Game. Or maybe that makes it better. Not sure.
Audible is the soundtrack to my busy, city-walking life!
Loved this book so much. From the creative world building to the questions it raises for me about human nature and our perceptions of what a civilized society is.
It took some time to get into the story. After getting used to the sci-fi I loved it.
I understand why Musk and Zuckerberg love the book and use it as a vision of our possible future.