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Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
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May 03, 11

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Read in April, 2010

As with many other Culture novels, "Look to Windward" explores oddly contemporary issues throughout the lens of his far-future civilization. In this one, he talks of intervention in other cultures, and of the guilt of soldiers who survived the necessary atrocities of their nations.

With anyone else than Banks, I might get tired of the languorous pace, the endless descriptions, and the philosophical exchanges of its protagonists. But the Culture remains fascinating, and I can't help but immensely enjoy the description of life aboard a Culture orbital, and the psychological conundrums of its inhabitants. Still, I might be growing tired of the all-seeing godlike Minds, and the way they tend to short-circuit the plot with their omnipotence. But this didn't happen in "Look to Windward" - and I hope it never does.

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