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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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    Culture word bezocht door hogere machten

    Dit verhaal is zeer de moeite waard als je al goed in de Culture boeken van Banks zit. Denk je in de positie van de Indianen in de Amazone als ze een helikopter over zien vliegen. Verschillende samenlevingen (involveds) reageren anders. Er dreigt voortdurend escalatie. Op deze achtergrond volgen we de verhalen van een aantal mensen en schepen. De verhalen zijn mooi in elkaar verweven, en er zitten verrassende wendingen in het plot. Voor kenners van Banks een absolute aanrader. Sowieso, ga alles van hem lezen!
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    Classic culture

    Where consider phlebas was an introduction and player of games an individual biased piece, excession shows off banks' fully realised culture and how such a seemingly omnipotent society still has its faults and flaws. A joyous if sometimes bewildering addition to the culture
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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 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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