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    As this bit of the new forum is looking a bit left out I though I'd post up a link to a Matter review (not mine)

    Seems quite balanced:

    http://www.sffworld.com/brevoff/418.html
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    interesting DP
    I found no part of Matter pedestrian, I recently re-read it and found it as compelling as the first time.
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    I liked all the stuff away from the Shellworld.
    I liked the Shellworld itself.
    I liked the interaction between the various species.
    I liked the archeological stuff & that big waterfall.

    I was less taken with the war between levels
    & all the Medieval-esqe ruling family stuff.

    Unfortunatly those last 2 bits seemed to take up more of the book than my first 4 points.
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    The Culture Universe was widened out quite a bit in this book.

    The Culture no longer has the wow factor with the introduction of the Morthanveld.

    I wonder if he'll use the Morthanveld again, or the Idirans, or the Chelgrians, or the Affront.

    Hmm, probably not.
    Last edited by Conscious Bob; 08-01-2009 at 01:20 PM. Reason: can't spell chelgrian
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    I hope so, I liked the Culture having peers.

    Plus, being another high involved, the Morthanveld probably have more longevity & scope than the other species you mentioned.
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    The prologue was good, the ending was good, the intermediate xty hundred pages, not so.
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    I liked the Culture having peers.
    Yeah- that was something I liked in it too.

    At the time of reading, I didn't like the ending as it seemed to make a nonsense of the hundreds of pages that had went before- but on reflection, I think the end was great.

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    The prologue was good
    The only trouble with that was I heard Iain read it through about 3 time & got bored with it
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    I enjoyed it but the medeval thing put me off a bit. Also I was expecting a bit more at the end of the book when the Iln and the Xinthian met in the machine core.

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    Matter was somewhat bloated (though not as bloated as Excession or The Algebraist) and not especially ground breaking, but it was a very solid read and I flew through it within two weeks.

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