With the Dragon type things etc...
"Just have fun"
- "...the female-ordered Morthanveld..." Confusing the Nariscene and Morthanveld here?
- "...a human Developing Nation called the Sarl/Deldeyn. These two warring sects..." Why 'sects'? More like two nations.(?)
- "Shellworlds (...) are generally considered harmless." The 'Slaughterworlds'? Ok, maybe now that people know how to defuse them.
- "...the Intelligent Drone Turminder Xuss, lightly disguised as a knife-missile." ... which is then more heavily disguised as a sex toy.
- "The hegemony of an allegedly benign superpower will continue,..." There are superpowers, but none of them has a hegemony.
- "We can shake our heads over the cruel cost, but the Powers that Be are always right, and the unquestioned benefits of “anarchist-utopia” (did someone mutter democracy?) shall always prevail." Did I read a different book?
Most of it just details, but it makes me wonder about the conclusions.
If I remember rightly the drone was disguised as a knife missile to avoid the SC agent+drone= oh shiit and fan!!! view most civilizations that have any knowledge of The Culture seem to have.
Whereas a knife missile is just back.
The Culture wanted to avoid creating the right impression.
I want to be Cultured
Har, forgot about that.
'Hey it's okay, it's just a knife missile relax'
Drink, but very carefully...
I have just this moment finished reading the novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been wading through a few of Banks' SF recently – stuff I had been meaning to read for a while (Inversions, Excession and Transition).
I admit that the events in the first half of the book are somewhat "slow" in gearing up, but Banks does his usual awesome job and got me turning pages (and later flipping pdf's after having given the book back to the library) like a nutter. Loved the levels ideas surrounding the shell-world and the ladder-order of mentorship. The conkers are starting to fall off the chestnut trees here – each one reminding me of spiniform waterworlders. )
"Just have fun"