Review: The Algebraist

The Algebraist
The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this tale, a future star-spanning civilisation: the Mercatoria is at odds with the Beyonders, marauders from the fringes of the galaxy. The Beyonders have gathered their forces and must soon launch an assault on Ulubis system which has been cut off from help. An ancient civilisation known as the Dwellers have long inhabited the gas-giant Nasqueron, a planet orbiting Ulubis. They have little to with either the Mercatoria or the Beyonders. As gas-giant dwellers why would they? However, human researchers are already permitted on Nasqueron and there are rumours of ancient technology that could turn the tide of the coming battle…

Occasionally the narrative rambled, enough to make me wonder if the focus of the story was drifting. At times I wondered if the author didn’t want to reveal the next plot twist. It felt as if the Algebraist was in fact several novellas spliced together. On the plus side, this was a good, long read. Plot and characters weren’t derivative and on the whole was well told.

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About Terence Park

Board games, US Comic books, SF Paperbacks, Vinyl records; I've plenty of them all. I write SF (the serious sort). I also do spreadsheets.
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