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A Sustained Gravitas Deficiency (a review of Iain M. Banks’ Excession)

Thursday 24th June 2010 Leave a comment

The last few days have been something of a sci-fy-y sort of week for me.  On Saturday we had the penultimate episode of the first Steven Moffat/Matt Smith series of Doctor Who, and the day after its broadcast I both finished watching the finale of Battlestar Galactica season 1 (which I’d been renting from Lovefilm) and downloaded the first Mass Effect game from Steam while it was on special offer.

But a couple of days before all that, I had finished reading Iain M. Banks’ Culture novel Excession for the first time. It’s the fourth of his novels I’ve read (after Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons — all “M. Banks” genre fiction), and it was blummin’ brilliant.

[Some spoilers below]

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