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Back to what I like...,
This review is from: The Hydrogen Sonata (A Culture Novel) (Hardcover)As a long time Iain M. Banks fan I must admit I have been a bit disappointed with some of his latest stuff. For example Surface Detail and Matter, while good reads, left me feeling like maybe the prime had been passed. So I didn't have huge expectations for this latest Culture novel. However I was very relieved to find that The Hydrogen Sonata was what might be described on a back cover as a rip-roaring return to form for this master of whatever it is he does when he writes a good Culture Novel.
In Short, if you loved 'Excession' and 'Look to Windward', if you love the way Mr. Banks can craft a single paragraph that somehow manages to take the plot forward, deepen the mystery, enrich the characters and be an elaborately crafted joke while commenting on the contrasts between The society of the Culture and our own, then don't be afraid to go into this book with high expectations.
....Well, I liked it anyway.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2012 09:51:35 GMT
Stunt Goat says:
amen to that. loved excession and feersum endjin, most other stuff left me cold. it did however make me try some alastair reynolds, which i loved.
Posted on 10 Nov 2012 15:18:49 GMT
PR Hukins says:
I agree - though I have not yet read The Hydrogen Sonata, I was thinking that Surface Detail was not so good, and that the old master had lost his magic (try Peter F Hamilton - some pretty good stuff, though not as cerebral as Iain). Very glad to read this review and will ask the wife to ask Santa to put this book in my stocking :)
Posted on 3 Jan 2013 14:14:37 GMT
Dr. Kenneth W. Douglas says:
Absolutely agree - his best Culture novel of the past few years. 'Surface Detail' was mildly disappointing (though I did enjoy 'Matter' a lot) - 'The Hydrogen Sonata' is darker and more complex, though, and "dark and complex" is where Banks excels. Great ship names, too, as ever!
Posted on 7 Mar 2013 20:06:09 GMT
Absolutely correct! I am a Culture junkie, but recent efforts such as Surface Detail and Matter had left me wondering if Ian had got bored with the whole concept. Hydrogen Sonata is a brisk, humorous and exciting adventure. Surley ships, ancient men, great fights and avuncular avatars. Wonderful and overdue. More please!
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2013 14:17:35 GMT
PR Hukins says:
Got the book, read it, loved it. Vintage Banks and a welcome return to form. Echo the statement of Ramtop:
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