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.
22 people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?