Sci-fi, 6/10 – June 2006
|The Culture usually sounds like such a wonderful utopian place, but this book makes some good arguments that make the Culture out to be far more tarnished and corrupt than I have previously seen, one of them from a Hub mind itself. I found myself not being sure who I wanted to succeed, despite the atrocity that was being planned.|
Banks seems to put at least one scene of stomach-churning nastiness into each book. In this one, the scene in question comes only a few pages from the end, is very short, but violently demonstrates the revenge of the culture.