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    Meh

    Decent but definitely not Banks' best entry in the Culture setting, I'd recommend Use of Weapons or Player of Games over this for sure.
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    Great Sci fi

    Great read, I enjoyed the detailed expansive Sci Fi universe created.
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    complex, nerdy, need to be a Culture fan

    Have to review the story and the reading separately. The story is great, but makes you work for it, not an easy read. I think even the smartest reader will feel a bit lost, but you're supposed to be witnessing the Machiavellian schemings of super genius A.I.s, so it's supposed to be beyond you! If you can be ok with that, it's a rewarding thriller with a lot of subtle depth and humour. Phlebas was about a Culture outsider looking in. Games and Weapons were about people caught up in Contact dramas. Excession is about the AIs and the bigger scale, not so much the humans. It's a hard SF geek-out nerdgasm with some fine philosophical points between the lines. The reading is great. Peter Kenny is so good at this. The fact that he's good at accents helps a lot when there's so many characters to keep track of. It's easier as an audiobook I think. Maybe it's just because its my second go at it.
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    Excession

    This book is so good that it leaves me slightly sad at the loss of Iain... I will read this again at some point
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    Excession the catalyst for conspiracy

    A classic "Culture" biographical novel of immense dimension plumbing the depths of intellectual misadventure into conspiracy. Another absorbing and cracking good read.
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