Really enjoyed Consider Phlebas (Iain M. Banks).  It was a rip-roaring read.  Very visual and cinematic, I can still conjure up a picture of a lot of the scenes in my head.  Enjoyed the brief intro it gives to the Culture, too - the post-scarcity socialist society that are featured in a lot more books in the Culture series.  Interested to see how that's explored further.  I've just started reading the next in the series, The Player of Games.

After this I think I'll try some Kim Stan

@neil Is the phrase rip-roaring from imagining the reactions of a hypothetical crowd?

@Finfell I use it to mean something that is exciting and exhilarating. I've no idea what the etymology is though - intriguing.

@neil I *love* the Culture books. I recommend Banks's mainstream fiction, if you haven't read any already.

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