This was the July pick for the Sword and Laser book club. Banks‘s Culture novels have been on my TBR for years, so I was happy to have the push to get started. It begins with a torture scene that almost prompted me to bail, but I persevered. This is almost a series of violent adventures in space rather than a coherent novel, but I enjoyed the world building and the characters. I will probably continue with the series, but I am in no rush.