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Robinson is getting worse. by every book, sadly.
12 October 2019
I have read everything Robinson has published, and this is far inferior to his first half-dozen novels. He seems to believe that filth and gore equals sales.
By all means read the first six or seven Banks books, but don't bother with the rest.
One of Robinson's best books was a stand-alone, early in his career, called Caedmon's Song, written after his first few Banks novels.
This novel is the tawdriest and yet the most PC yet. Robinson has decreed that almost all of the characters not be men, and so it has come to pass.