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    The Hydrogen Sonata

    I am a big fan of Iain M Banks. His plots are complex and multi-faceted. I was looking forward to getting into this book very much. However - the presentation of the book on Kobo is appallingly bad. Transitions between different elements of the story, a feature of all Banks's books, are missed completely, with the text sim[ply running on as though all part of the same narrative. Confusing, annoying and ultimately destructive of the enjoyment of this book and a poor reflection of the author's talents. I rate the writing, the plot(s) and vision very highly, but Kobo extremely poorly. I shall not be buying any more books here.
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    Terrific read!

    It is such a shame that Banks has now left us. A Mind like his that I'd never have the opportunity to pick at. This book was grand yet claustrophobic, frenetic and intense yet delivered with a focused calm and grace, and with terrifyingly bold and clever command of vocabulary. The ideas presented within are so incredibly well thought-out that anyone with a penchant for exercising their various mental faculties through heavy, complex works of fiction should enjoy this a treat. Five stars and not a single atom less. Well played, Mr. Banks.
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    A Sublime Read

    An entire civilisation is preparing to Sublime, to leave the Real forever. But, there is a secret that could ruin those plans, a secret people are willing to kill for, a secret that could rewrite their whole history and sense of identity. I bought this book shortly after it came out and, for various reasons, was saving it to read later. And then, all too soon, Mr Banks did some Subliming of his own. Knowing it was now the last Culture novel I would ever read, it took me a number of months before I could bring myself to read it. Well, it was worth the wait. If you haven't yet read any of his scifi novels (written as Iain M Banks), I wouldn't start here. Go back and start at the beginning with Consider Phlebus. If you are already familiar with the Culture series, you will love this. The usual mix of high tech sex and violence, sly humour and social commentary are all present and correct and the story rattles along with barely a pause. For me certainly, it was everything I was hoping for and just makes me even sadder that one of my favourite authors left this world so early. A brilliant read.
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    Good specimen but read better

    The Banks Culture sci-fi novels are normally wonderfully inventive and evidence great imagination combined with fiendish plotting. This is not one of the best examples though it is certainly worth a read
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    Good read

    Pleasing read, fits well in the Culture series
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