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It is a big book. Banks enjoys his writing. Starts out being in essence a
quest for the holy grail. The final reveal is brilliant. Always hinted at
through the book, but never anticipated. I can't get enough of it. Superb.
Two races, fast and slow. Main innovation. Rock-hard science fiction, not a
hint of fantasy.
I was never able to really visualize the slow-life: twin discs connected by
an axle, with arms around the perimeters and that rolled around. Some very
strong characters, but Lucas-like (Archimandrite Luseferous with long blond hair
- can't help thinking of Lucius Malfoy character in the Harry Potter films).
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