i thought this one would be better than 'look to winward', because it would be more about wars, and there would be more action, more plot. instead, this book proved a little hard to read.
first of all, i hated the main character, even if i could sympatize a lot about his nightmare from the past.
secondly, every odd chapter is moving the story forward, while the even chapters move from the future backward. so it is not always easy to figure out when and where you are.
thirdly, sometimes you don't know who's talking. the main character is referred to as 'the man', and only later you understand who the author is really talking about.
there are twists and turns in the plot, and a final surprise, which i won't reveal. i have to say, though, that a that point of the book i couldn't care less about the surprise....Continua
I liked it, as Banks's science fiction has taken the first place in my heart (even better than Asimov for story telling. Perhaps), but this third culture novel needs too much time and concentration, it needs to be read quickly to sort it out. Maybe one should read the chapters starting from the end?
The characters don't come to life as in the other 2 novels. There's little drones and even fewer Minds. And also fewer violence (thankfully- the other 2 novels gave me nightmares).
Interesting premise but still a lesser Culture book. The disparate story lines did not come together for me and there's not much else to the book to speak of.
It's truly one of those books that you do want to end. The story is so magnificently written, the plot so beautify woven. I simply loved every page of it.