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Rating: 3.5/5 – Good plot driven science fiction.
My feelings on House of Suns are similar to those I have for The Player of Games. It was well written, compelling fiction, but it didn’t leave me with much to think about. I don’t regret reading it, but there’s almost no chance I’ll ever pick it up again.
For me, the fundamental essence of science fiction is about exploring what it means to be human, what our fundamental characteristics are and how those will endure or change as our species grows and expands. House of Suns didn’t ask any of those questions, and while the writing and characters were good, they weren’t nearly at the level of other greats like Lois McMaster Bujold.
If you want a fun, galactic scale romp through the future, this is the book for you. Just don’t expect to have your view of humanity challenged or changed.