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on 21 April 1999
This is a solid collection of shorter fiction by an author not renowned for such. It is also misleading because it is marketed as an SF collection when there is non-SF contained within.
The price of this book is worth it for one story: 'Piece', which concerns religious fundamentalism and coincidence, and takes the form of one man's letter to his son. I would imagine most writers would have given their right arm to have written this: it is simply that powerful. The ending will leave you numb. And doesn't have any SF connection at all.
'The State of the Art' (which is a novella of The Culture, set mainly on Earth) is absorbing, but a little too long.
'The Road of Skulls' is odd.
'A Gift from the Culture' is a great Culture story.
A worthy addition to the Banks cannon.
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