from what i've read, this seems to be one of the best books by banks. i don't think so. i think the story of the two past lovers (trying not to spoiler too much) is waaaaay too much taking over the main plot about the secret plot, and in the end it takes away from the suspence. none of the characters really interested me and the mistery of the excession stays unsolved.
the conspiracy could hold the story together without all the digressions to explain what happened between the two, about which frankly i could not care less.
I liked this book, but I think I would have liked it more if I had read the earlier books in the series first. I found myself wondering what was going on and who the characters were, and it wasn't until I was halfway through when I realized that it was part of a series. I look forward to reading the earlier books starting with Consider Phlebas....Continua
Sloppily written space opera, entertaining enough to finish it.
cant believe this is the same author that wrote Player of games.<br />Excession is a fragmented, confused and confusing would-be novel that just cant be compared to its predecessors in the Culture series.</p><p>maybe Banks was writing for the paycheck.<br />all in all, a disapponting endeavour....Continua