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    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2013
    It's smart, hilarious and of course depressing.

    I met him a few times (knowing his partner, now widow) and he was lovely.
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    @Ryan S Thomason @Magnusisasillyname @StefanJ @Vornaskotti Belated thanks to all of you for your suggestions. A peek in Amazon offered a 3-book collection of the first three Culture novels plus an excerpt from Player of Games that impressed me. So the set will be added to my To Be Bought queue. Thanks again for the heads up.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013
    Consider Phlebas was such a good novel. I remember having to stop reading it on the tube, as I just kept laughing-out-loud in parts. Player of Games - that was just fabulous, too.
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    Excession was probably my favourite, the jokes were the best. Consider Phlebas was where I started. I managed to put a couple of people off by recommending it as a place to start though, it's clearly not for everyone. He can get grim. The humour and shining view of the political possible are there, but he can get pretty close to a Crossed level of bleak and vile at times.