It was entertaining, but I can't say Matter is the best Banks ever. Kind of disappointing really.

It gets sort of philosophical in the middle, but rather than pulling that into an overarching theme Banks just drops it, seemingly in favor of rattling off the last of the plot. The characters are developed just in time to get killed off. The plots and stratagems that the characters involve themselves in seem rather pointless in the end.

Hmmm. Maybe that is the point. Or it could be that I didn't develop any affinity for the characters. Not really.

There is some fun to be had with the giant habitats and stuff. Manufactured worlds, that sort of thing. Overall, though, it's probably my least favorite Culture novel.

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