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The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

The Hydrogen Sonata (edition 2012)

by Iain M. Banks

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Title:The Hydrogen Sonata
Authors:Iain M. Banks
Info:Orbit (2012), Paperback, 528 pages
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The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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...and another half star but not quite 4. Loved it of course as I love all the culture books. Not quite sure about all the ship Minds dialogue. Probably because I can't read it fast enough - began to pall. Loved the Elevenstring and enjoyed hearing more about subliming..... ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
Um. Meh. There is the usual amusing chatter between ships with silly names, and the idea of Subliming was quite interesting, and Cossont's mother was very funny, but the plot was in the end an essentially pointless runaround with a very flat ending. And the whole thing was way too long. (And what was Zaphod Beeblebrox doing in there, masquerading as one Ximenyr?). Not the best way for IMB to bow out.

While I'm at it, I have a gripe about sci-fi in general which is pertinent here: I find aliens who aren't increasingly annoying. There wasn't any point whatever in making the Gzilt anything but human: why bother? It didn't even generate any good gags. ( )
  sloopjonb | May 24, 2014 |
A good way to go out. Thank you Mr. Banks ( )
  ub1707 | May 5, 2014 |
Great read. A sister civilization to the Culture is considering "subliming", that is to disappear in the great beyond. Not heaven, not the force, but something similar.
Some nasty details come to light just before they are ready to sublime and a faction within the government starts killing people to cover it up. A group of Culture ships decides to stick their "noses" into it with explosive results. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
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In the dying days of the Gzilt civilisation, before its long-prepared-for elevation to something better and the celebrations to mark this momentous but joyful occasion, one of its last surviving ships encountered an alien vessel whose sole task was to deliver a very special party-goer to the festivities.
She hadn't forgotten all her military training; one point she certainly recalled being taught was that anything that looked like an outrageous coincidence was probably enemy action.
It would be far preferable if things were better, but they're not, so let's make the most of it. Let's see what fresh fuckwittery the dolts can contrive to torment themselves with this time.
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To Sublime or not?
The Sonata is a fugue
With exploding ships!

To Sublime or not?
Politicians scheme and fix
But the ayes have it.

To Sublime or not?
Nosey Minds may interfere:
Methusela knows.

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Suspected of involvement after the Regimental High Command is destroyed as they prepared to go to a new level of existence called Sublime, Lieutenant Commander Vyr Cossont must find a nine-thousand-year-old man to clear her name.

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