There you go 😎
More? Compelling story line set within a fantastically detailed and well thought out universe that, for all its work, never dominates but rather supports and enfolds the superlatively constructed characters, whether they be organic or otherwise. Banks is the Master, with a palette of ability that is second to none. He could be writing an adventure section, a romance section, a comedy section, a battle section, a melancholy section, a descriptive section: it doesn’t matter what it is because his talent is so epic that every words, every sentence, every paragraph is a finely crafted unit of the bigger total.
I must put my hand up and admit prior knowledge. I read Banks’ Scifi a decade ago and fell in love – not too strong a word – with everything about his work. I was seriously depressed when he died, a selfish depression, that I would never get to walk in a new Banks’ creation; worse, that the Culture, his fabulous creation, would be frozen in time forever.
Now Amazon have bought the rights to turn this novel into a TV series. Part of me is terrified; part of me hopes that they capture the grandeur, the epic, that is his vision. We shall see.
To honour him, I will be reading through his entire catalogue once a decade, re-reviewing them to see if hindsight and the cloak of time and age change my opinions. This is the first novel and it is as fabulous as when I first read it, all those years ago.