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Not the best in the series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-2018

The Culture series so far has been a wonderful and deep exploration into Banks’ universe, full of incredible characters and stories. However, I found Excession left a little to be desired. I felt that the author tried to set up too many plot points and characters, to the point of some seeming entirely pointless. The book wasn’t terrible, but I found it to be a little tedious and lacked the excitement of his other entries. The premise was interesting and I expected an exciting story, however it fell flat through most of the book. On a positive note, Kenny’s performance is, as always, wonderful.

A darker entry, great character development

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-2018

Banks shines again in creating an incredibly deep world in the Culture series. Although at times the composition of the two story lines can be slightly confusing, the way the two sections (Chapters and Numerals) create depth to the main characters is typical of Banks’ stellar ability in world building and character focus in a huge universe. There is increased darkness to this story, with heavy themes throughout and some horrid imagery, more so than his previous works. The ending could possibly be explained more deeply, however it is probably worth a second listen to fully understand the nuance to the eventual twist. Kenny does, as usual, an amazing job at bringing the characters to life. His use of accents and voices is outstanding. Can’t wait to listen to the next in the series, I only wish there were more stories of some of Banks’ current characters.

Fantastic and exciting

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-2018

Great character development, a wonderful story, and the performance by Peter Kenny is flawless. A great opening outing into Banks’ series. Horza is a super memorable character, as are some of the supporting cast. Definitely recommend to any fans of sci fi.

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Intriguing but not outstanding.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-2018

An interesting book, not as gripping as Consider Phlebas, and the characters aren’t as memorable, except a small selection. However, the narration is as always second to none, and it is an intriguing in depth look into the Minds of the Culture.