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    Default The Hydrogen Sonata

    It's the head book review in issue 227 of SFX & gets 4.5 stars out of 5.
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    That's wonderful news! How did SFX rate a lesser M novel like Matter?

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    Matter actually got 5/5 back in March 2008
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    Here's a review from SFRevu (warning spoilers): http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=13837

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    And here's one from Kirkus Reviews (minimal spoilers): https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-r...sonata/#review

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    Nice review at the Guardian (couple of minor spoilers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012...m-banks-review

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    FS, thanks for the Guardian review. I suggest everyone take a gander (some minor spoilers, so if you're a real stickler, you might want to wait till you've read the book). Thoughtful, incisive, by a reviewer familiar with Banks work and a sophisticated comprehension of what he is trying to achieve as he delves ever deeper into the Culture. A great review, as well as a positive one. Though I will note a dissent, while the reviewer expresses a hope the next book deals with smatter, I feel unless IMB could come up with a extraordinarily innovative, unique approach to smatter, it would seem too much like one of those infinite level, blow-em-up-real-good video games. We got a little of that in SD (and it went a long way IMO), and in HS he even satirizes this, as two bored Culture warships compete in a smatter destroying contest and argue whether it should be measured by tonnage or processing power.

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    @CM - are you on commision?

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    Default Podcast interview with Iain on Hydrogen Sonata

    There's an interview with Iain about The Hydrogen Sonata and other stuff on www.timhaighreadsbooks.com. It's also on iTunes.
    Have a listen, it's quite fun.

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    Hi there Green
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