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Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
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Jul 27, 2011

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The events in this book follow on, albeit 800 years later, from the events in Consider Phlebas so I decided to make this my second Culture novel to read. Also none of the bookshops here had any other Culture novels so this was my only option.

The story starts very slowly and several seemingly disparate threads get drawn together very cleverly. By about half way through I could not put the book down and all I really wanted to do was sit in a corner and finish the thing. There are big concepts here; much more so than Consider Phlebas, and the characters are so well constructed you really do come to understand their positions and goals, no matter how self-destructive. The scene where the Hub mind explains to one of the characters the full scope of its abilities is simply wonderful writing.

But more than anything else I loved the end of this book. It finished on a real rush and you can't help but smile at the way fate turns out.

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