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Matter (Culture Series #7)

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Brilliant plot idea, but disappointing end

    This book reads great through the first 400 pages or so.. An intriguing plot with interesting characters is carefully built up, leading the reader to expect a grand and satisfying finale, where every thread of the story will be resolved. Instead the book ends in way that makes one think the author lost interest in bringing the story to an end. Antagonists and protagonists alike are suddenly and quite absurdly extinguished by something neither they nor the reader saw coming. On the last few pages a lame end is compressed and not even the epilogue can really help to resolve it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    What a slog

    I love this guy's stuff, but this one was a 500 page slog to get to the end where the last 100 pages are as exciting as any sci-fi techno thriller. I just wish that the whole book could have been as good, or at least about 300 pages shorter!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Space Opera it is not....

    It took me most of the book to really get into it. The world of Banks' Culture is immense; though he tends to use huge numbers to describe gargatuan objects and the like, his prose never really makes you feel overwhelmed (in the good way), like other well written space opera can. I needed to take a crash course on the Culture Wiki to be fully drawn into what was happening. Then, just as I started to care, I experienced one of the most unsatisfactory endings ever.
    Bleh.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

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    REALLY complicated book

    This is the story of a world, that has at least 9 levels, that has several races inhabiting the worlds levels and a whole bunch more lurking above it. The races certainly look funny, our race can apparently not only change sex, but can look like a shrubbery if we want. Main characters end up being marginalized. Sidekicks can be really interesting, but we're not going to persue it. We're going to chase after an important contact, seeing unusual, really unusual worlds, and when FINALLY we get to the contact. He's talking to thin air and uninterested. Ok, next chapter. Iain Banks really loves a certain waterfall, he waxes poetic for pages and pages which is a central theme, or not...it's whats IN the waterfall. da da da dum. Bottom line for me - a continued to pick it up to finish it, not because I couldn't put it down in the first place.

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