This was the last of the series and one of the final books Iain Banks wrote (so sorry to see him go). It was one of my very favorite since it dealt with the Culture from the perspective of the Minds. Highly enjoyable. It was intensely personal at times by examining mortality. I would recommend reading at least two of the other Culture series before tackling this one. Enjoy!
Science Fiction Excellence
The fight to recover the cube.
Good as ever
Sadly, Iain Banks is deceased. I found him to be the most innovative writer of SiFi of this generation.
Quite a good story made even better by Peter Kenny's always excellent narration.
Not quite as goosebump-generating as some of the earlier books, specifically Player of Games and especially Use of Weapons, but I appreciated the more positive ending than some of the other, slightly depressing "everyone dies in the end" books from earlier in the series.
I like the fact that the Culture was presented here with flaws, and potentially beatable, rather than as all-powerful.
Listening to all the silly names of the ships.
His discussion on the morality and futility of advanced simulations was extremely interesting as I work in the field of Computer Science. Very profound.
The Mistake Not
I laughed out loud several times and even spit out my drink once.
Sad he's gone.
Not my favorite Banks, but Peter Kenney's performance elevates the work. Plus, it lasts almost exactly as long as it takes to drive from Nashville to Boulder!
Required reading for all Culture buffs but overall an unexciting story.
Probably the best Culture book at giving great incites into how Minds work. Shows how supreme intelligence and curiosity can lead to unnecessary meddling with negligible outcomes.
Main characters uninspiring, story never really takes off despite its potential. Narration very good.
Typically expansive in its description of the worlds and races that make up Culture space and beyond.
Definitely worth the read but don't expect it to be an exciting ' page turner'.
Terrific culture novel that goes into lots of detail about ships and the sublime. Great listen right after surface detail.
Peter Kenny's performance is incredible as always.
I listen to these while running and only wish there were more culture novels w/ Peter Kenny narrating now that I have finished all of them.
Not the best Culture book, but Peter Kenney continues to deliver. If you are a fan of the Culture series, you will enjoy this book, but it's not the best of the series. The audio performance is as good as ever by Peter Lenney.
classic space opera
The space opera, the epic scale, the politics.
Probably one of the spaceship AIs
Epic Space Opera