Finalmente un buon libro di fantascienza con i vecchi e cari elementi che rendono questo genere il mio preferito.
Battaglie spaziali, razze aliene, navi spaziali, avventure di ogni genere e personaggi interessanti. C'è anche un po' di spionaggio. La storia è lineare e molto tesa. Non annoia. La fine non è scontata. Fa parte di una serie di libri che probabilmente leggerò.
this is my third book from the Culture universe of Mr. Banks.
i have to say that, even if i like this book more less then 'look to winward' (the first one i read), i prefer it to 'use of weapon'.
it should be rated as a 3.5 stars. it has all the good things about Banks' universe, but even all the bad things.
first of all, chapters are too long. you always have to leave a chapter halfway, or even less, because at least i can't read a whole chapter in a day.
secondly, the Culture is simply too good to be true.
Banks seems to work his admiration for the Culture from the outside. the main character hates the Culture, but he's not too likable either, so in the contrast the Culture emerges as winner.
nonetheless, the book is enjoyable. i don't think the appendix at the end explains much about the war (there is more about it in 'look to winward'), and the updates on the characters are interesting, but a little depressing....Continua
The first Culture novel I read, suggested by my colleague after a month in the new (at the time) job. It took me a while to get hooked to it, but once done, I devoured it.
It's amazingly complex, narrated exquisitely, and leaves you craving for more. Recommended if you want to read some proper science fiction, with a lot of Scot humour.
Worst Culture book yet, Banks definitely puts the opera into space opera here. The whole story is pretty much linearly told from a single viewpoint, but what also doesn't help is that a lot of the plot is superfluous and boring.
This was my first culture book, and my first Banks book as well, and I must say it has been the best culture book I've read so far. The images that Banks draws are amazing, the story telling breathtaking, and as usual the story line it self very well written and thought of....Continua