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Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the pl...

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Excellent

“One of his best”

published 02/01/2002

A non-Culture book from one of the very best of Sc...

None really... unless you don't like science ficti...

I was introduced to Iain M Banks by a colleague of mine who leant me her copy of The Player Of Games. I loved that and after that I read Consider Phlebas.. that was great too, but I adore Against A Dark Background! I had been getting used to the concept of the Culture and I enjoy the culture...

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Excellent

“Similar to a Culture novel”

published 17/08/2000

Very well-written

A bit of deja vu

“Against A Dark Background” was the first of Iain Banks’ sf books not to be set in the Culture, and I found this an odd decision because there was little in the story that wouldn’t have fitted into the series. In fact the book is very similar to the previous novels. The main problem with the book...

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Excellent

Unqiue and a real Classi Banks novel

None for me

Meet the heroine, Sharrow. A feisty woman with an unusual background and a religious death threat hanging over her head. Banks, in my opinion, has really done himself proud in this departure from the culture series. Set in a competely different backgound (perhaps that explains the title) it...

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Excellent

“The Best of Banks”

published 20/07/2000

Fantasticly creative and convincing

Spoils you rotten

This is a mad book, Ulysees for the MTV generation. It is definitely his best, most inventive and most rewarding sci-fi. I love the culture books and it's wonderful the way they whisk you away to such a shiny, shiny world, but it's in Feersum and also in Against a Dark Background that he creates...

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Excellent

“Awesome”

published 24/08/2000

Superb story, unmissable

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Iain M Banks is an science fiction author who also pens non science fiction under the name Iain Banks. This book is not one of Banks' Culture novels, but is set in the far future on a world not like Earth. It concerns the story of an Female ex-army veteran who is being hunted by an extreme...

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