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No Maze, but Plenty of Death

Advantages: Characterisation, unusual premise (God exists)
Disadvantages: A shame that he needed the introduction to make these things explicit

Science-fiction has been slow to achieve the kind of scholarly respect afforded to many literary genres. The reasons for this are probably tied in with the genre's vast library of luridly-titled pulp paperbacks, apparently shallow tales of rockets and rob ...

Olly_Plimsoll 16.02.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Maze Of Death - Philip K. Dick

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Gods' Game (Matter - Iain M. Banks)

Advantages: vintage M. Banks
Disadvantages: none really

A king of Sarl dies - seemingly in battle, but really by the hand of his right-hand man and friend. On of his sons runs away with his trusty servant to seek help from the representatives of civilisations so advanced that they are practically gods. A S ...

magdadh 10.05.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Matter - Iain M. Banks

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An epic and intelligent sci-fi yarn

Advantages: Immense scale, very well written, accessable, exciting
Disadvantages: Immense scale, very well written, accessable, exciting

Ian M Banks' latest sci-fi novel, 'Matter', is a story of immense scale in terms of both time and space, and one that is packed full of variety and ingenuity. The story revolves around the royal family of The Level 8 Sarl, a people who inhabit the eight ...

Burning_Darkness 05.08.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Matter - Iain M. Banks

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Millenial Hospitality III - a good bedtime read

Advantages: Unique experiences related in a factual manner.
Disadvantages: Somewhat repetitive and meandering in places

I came across these books while surfing Amazon and had to buy them all, 4 books to this series. I enjoy reading about unusual experiences and these were claimed to have some factual basis, although the first book was written as a fictional account. This ...

Trish1996 05.12.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Millennial Hospitality III - Charles James Hall

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Building up to something good...

Advantages: Provides further insight into and expands the Mass Effect Universe
Disadvantages: May leave you wanting more but unable to get it.

... Background Revelation is a science fiction novel set in the Mass Effect universe, which was brought to prominence in the video game series of the same name. The novel is a prequel to the first game (Mass Effect.) In the Mass Effect universe huma ...

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Review of Mass Effect: Revelation - Drew Karpyshyn

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