Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared. Now it is back.'Banks is a phenomenon ... wildly successful, fearlessly... show more
Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared. Now it is back.'Banks is a phenomenon ... wildly successful, fearlessly creative' William Gibson'Thrilling, affecting and comic ... probably the finest science fiction he has written to date' New Scientist'Banks has rewritten the libretto for the whole space-opera genre' The Times
Publish date: September 4th 2008
Pages no: 490
Edition language: English
Series: Culture (#5)
First read in June 2013Re-read in January 2015 - moved increased rating to 4.5 stars
There’s not much more I can say about this book. It’s a shame; The Player of Games is one of my favourite novels, and The Use of Weapon is a brilliant piece of intelligent writing. Excession however, is dull. The characters are flat and the plot doesn’t go anywhere. It’s also arrogant, which conside...
Not my favourite. Love the storyline but couldn't really keep track of all the ships and conspiracies. I'm not sure I ever did get it straight even though I went back through the book scribbling flow charts and names all over the place. But still enjoyable.
The Culture series is one of the most beloved among today's sf readers, possibly the most beloved but I don't have any hard figures to back it up so I'll leave that hyperbole out for now. Certainly some entries in the series are more popular than others, based on the average ratings and online discu...
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