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Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
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It's His Party and You're Invited...

As in "Matter," the last Culture installment, Banks waxes at length in "Surface Detail." Happily, SD is more interesting than its predecessor, and features more tidbits about the Culture - that industrious, indefatigable, galaxy-spanning civilization that has always been the most interesting character in a series that is essentially a collection of character pieces. The plot and writing and characters are competent at best, and tedious at their worst. Really, the main reason I read these is because Banks has created a hell of a sandbox to play in, and when he's at his most exuberant, his creations achieve a scale that steals all of the oxygen out of the room. I still get chills when he delves into the nitty-gritty of a General Systems Vehicle.

As I say above: Banks has thrown a party, and you're invited. It's his party, though, so expect some indulgence on his part.
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November 16, 2010 – Finished Reading
November 21, 2010 – Shelved

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message 1: by prcardi (last edited May 21, 2017 07:47AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

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I still get chills when he delves into the nitty-gritty of a General Systems Vehicle.
Yes! I mock them when reading, but I fear I'd be lured into the GSV groupie scene were I to truly inhabit the Culture.


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