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A great introduction to the 'Culture'
on 23 November 2017
I've just re-read this after a gap of 20 years and it's still my favourite Ian M. Banks novel. In some ways it's got a a complex and very 'literary' structure, in that there are two narrative threads - one working forwards in time and the other back. Yet it remains accessible and gripping despite that, with a great twist at the end.