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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good but could do better!, 20 July 2011
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I enjoyed this book but it might have been a lot better. The plot was interesting and engaging with some good twists along the way but it could easily have been shortened by a third without losing any of the impetus. There were too many characters with long and unnecessary descriptions of their back-stories and extended descriptive passages which only served to take the pace out of the narrative. I can't help feeling that the author was under pressure from the publishers to write a 'mega novel' based simply on word count. What a shame. It could have been so much better.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2011, 10:00:58 BST
Well said: if Banks had edited this properly it would have been a tight and attention-holding novel. It's just slow...horribly slow...and full of irrelevant details (unlike most Culture novel where the detail is interesting and non-fiction in the context).
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