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The best antidote to Star Wars in the world...ever!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Against a Dark Background (Hardcover)
Not one for the Culturniks, but again Banks delivers with a playful take on the fantasy quest genre, dressed in space-opera trimmings instantly recognisable as Banks'.
Yes, we have the huge unlikely settings (beautifully rendered) and strong female characters, but all with a lower-tech feel and a recognisable back-story.
A real romp of a read, yet not without Banks' usual poignancy, this is probably the most fun of his science-fiction yet.
My only beef is that the key point from which the title springs is only dealt with in passing: it permeates the feel of the book, but so little is made of it that you can even miss it!