Firstly, I have read all of the Culture series of books, although I will try and offer a balanced review;
The Hydrogen Sonata concentrates one civilization's (Gzilt) into the realm of the Sublime. Banks spends more time in this book explaining the Sublime, why you might do it, why the Gzilt are going to do it and the thing that may stop them. Beyond this main theme you have a traditional mix of the Banks & Culture world;
- Sharp & funny conversations between the ships
- A short SC agent adventure
- High tech close quarter combat
Overall, the story is average to good within the context of the Culture series, its an easy read compared to something… Read more
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I've read nearly all of Alastair Reynolds books.
If you're new to Alastair Reynolds this is a very consumable sci-fi title which you could easily read in 2/3 days. I would categorise it as a mystery/thriller set in the near future within our solar system and as such I found it hard to put down. It doesn't stress current thinking about space travel/technology too far, so could also be seem as another "hard science fiction" title.
However, if you are a regular Alastair Reynolds reader, this title definately lacks the sheer majesty (copyright Brian Cox) of titles like "House of Suns" and "Pushing Ice", there is nothing to really stretch your mind. If you like this side of… Read more