This was my first ever foray into the world of large scale science fiction, and what an introduction it was! The main plot follows Fassin Taak, a quiet and intelligent hero, as he reluctantly embarks on an intelligence mission. He is sent by the capitalist regime into the gas giants to speak to a race of galactic librarians who resemble wheels, live for billions of years, and hunt their own children.
Iain M Banks is an extremely skilled author with an ingenious, if at times somewhat unsettling, imagination.
This book will make your head explode, in a very good way. It is both vast, encompassing a rather overwhelming number of galaxies and their inhabitants, and awesome. If you haven’t tried much science fiction and are looking to give something a go, I highly recommend this book.