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Read this as soon as you're able.,
This review is from: Excession (Paperback)
I've been a fan of Iain Banks since the Wasp Factory, and this book has reinforced my belief that he's at the top of the pile.
The guy's width of imagination is truly remarkable. Usually he deals in fairly cosmic terms, but in Excession he goes a step further and introduces the notion of extra-cosmic interference with our own spatial domain.
I just love the Minds. They're like the Greek Gods: virtually divine but with all the human failings you can imagine.
Banks is a comedian, a philosopher, and probably the best Sci-Fi writer I have ever encountered. He's at least up there with the Asimov's and Heinlein's. You've just gotta read this book. If you're new to Banks, I would however recommend reading 'The Player of Games' first.
Excession is another book in the 'Culture' series. The Culture is a futuristic, hedonistic, and hugely advanced galactic society. They have all the arrogance and self indulgence of the Romans, with all the techno-trappings (and many many more) of Star Trek's Federation.
Believe me, once you've read a Culture novel, you'll want more, and more. And some more.