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Surface Detail (Culture Series #8)

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    Another great installment of the Culture series

    Iain M. Banks remains on top of his game. One of the greatest aspects of the Culture series is they can stand alone from one another so there is no right or wrong way to jump into the series; but they also relate to each other to give extra special detail to make the reading experience that much more rich and rewarding. Surface Detail incorporates many if not all aspects of the Cultures technological superiority in clear, defined, and more importantly understand ways. The story and character development are steady and ensure the reader stays connected with a world that is unequivocally more complex than our own.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Excellent writing

    Banks makes ordinarily good writing look like hack work. His hard sci fi is unparalelled. This books exploration of what virtual realitys will soon do to the very idea of what is real offers readers a head start in meeting what seems to be coming. More though, its a great (if sometimes grim) read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

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    The latest Culture space thriller is an incredible accomplishment

    The Culture employs special technology throughout the galaxy that enables humans and aliens to select who they want to be. On the planet Sichult, powerful Veppers assisted by two of his employees, rapes and murders sex slave Lededje Y'breq; but not before she rips some skin off their leader.

    The Culture artificial intelligence on a nearby starship resurrects Lededje. She is expected to enact vengeance for her homicide. At the same time, a debate within the Culture leadership continues over what to do about evil sinners like Veppers and his minions. Some insist they should be transported to cyber Hells to suffer punishment until either redeemed or eternity whichever comes first while others insist the more humane response is capital punishment.

    The latest Culture space thriller (see Transition and Matter) is an incredible accomplishment as Iain M. Banks shifts effortlessly between reality and virtually so much so the reader will wonder what real is and what fantasy is. Fast-paced from the haunting opening assault and never slowing down, fans of the saga will love this powerful entry while newcomers will be searching for the backlist.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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