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Community Level 3poodu


One of his best

AdvantagesA non-Culture book from one of the very best of Sci Fi authors

DisadvantagesNone really... unless you don't like science fiction!

"...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 novels the best of all of them generally. However, it was good to read a non-culture book of his and Against A Dark Background has become my favourite so far... although Use of Weapons comes close! The story is based on Sharrow... a former member of a personally attuned combat team. She is also being hunted by the Huhsz, ..." Read review

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Community Level 3NeilHudson


Similar to a Culture novel

AdvantagesVery well-written

DisadvantagesA 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 is that it is overshadowed by its predecessor, “Use of Weapons”. “Against A Dark Background” deals with similar themes, and does it with far more panache. ..." Read review

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Community Level 3splendid23


A great departure from the usual culture novels

AdvantagesUnqiue and a real Classi Banks novel

DisadvantagesNone 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 follows Sharrow and her friends as they search for the last of the Lazy Guns. The Lazy Gun is the ultimate weapon capable of destroying black holes...should it ..." Read review

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Community Level 2Gervase


The Best of Banks

AdvantagesFantasticly creative and convincing

DisadvantagesSpoils you rotten

"...in Feersum and also in Against a Dark Background that he creates the most interesting, gritty and bizarre futures. Feersum Endjinn is a tale told in the first person by a mixed bag of characters. An innocent guy with a talking ant for a pet and some developmental thing that makes him good at interfacing with the virtual world and very bad at spelling. He uses an onomatopoeic language all his own, with & for and, XXXXamples. It is hard to read at ..." Read review

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Community Level 2markos3



AdvantagesSuperb story, unmissable


"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 religious cult because of her ancestry. Her only hope of preventing execution is to find the last 'Lazy Gun' a supremely powerful weapon, and hand it over ..." Read review

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Sharrow was once a warrior-spy and leader of a combat team. Living in a state of ... more

semi-retirement, she suddenly found herself the
target of the Huhsz, a religious cult, and
realised that she had to find and reform her old
team if she had any hope of sur...

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