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The Quarry
The Quarry
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and poignant, 10 July 2013
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This review is from: The Quarry (Kindle Edition)
Spooky echoes of the author's own illness in that of one of the characters'. Doubly poignant in that and being the great man's last book, but a good piece of writing in its own right, notwithstanding the circumstances under which it was published.

Young Man In America
Young Man In America
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 15 Feb 2012
This review is from: Young Man In America (Audio CD)
No difficult second album syndrome here. Thoughtful, intelligent, haunting, lyrical and beautifully sung, with a genuinely distinctive voice. You're denying yourself a considerable pleasure if you haven't heard it.
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by Iain M. Banks
Edition: Hardcover

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves, 21 Feb 2008
This review is from: Matter (Hardcover)
I would agree with those who have said that this one's slow (by Banks' standards) until the last couple of hundred pages (when it focuses more fully on the Culture's involvement in the plot) in which it absolutely zips by. In the first section of the book, detailing the goings on on the Eighth level of the Shellworld, we have to make do with short interludes and the descriptions of the Shellworlds themselves for our dose of Hard Sci-Fi - the rest of it is all a bit 'swords and chainmail'.

Don't get me wrong, it's still a decent read, but Banks' Sci-Fi will always, for me, be marked against his very best Culture work, and against those standards it falls a bit short, hence only three stars.

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