This martian is officially in uncharted waters. With the theme of the show being exploring the universe of science fiction it’s nice when we divert from ground I haven’t been over and this was a big diversion. I took a little time to warm to this book but what I will say is it totally rewards second readings as once you have your bearings in this universe the story is actually high paced and action filled. Horza is kind of the luke skywalker only having to work things out on his own, no ghostly jedi here and there are questions to be asked of both the “good” and the “bad” sides. Patience and taking the time to get your bearings will open up a sprawling universe with many more stories to follow.

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I am French, just started on my 4th decade and I am a teacher married to a British guy.

I love my job even though I do complain about it regularly (who doesn’t?). Why do I love my job? I think it is because I like working with kids, I like seeing their face when they realise they understand something new, I like the way I have to keep myself “updated” on all new stuff so I can keep up with them and even keep slightly ahead of them, be it with technology, music, films etc. I started teaching when I was 25 and I think I stopped growing old a couple of years later… well… I am getting older physically (obviously ) but in my mind I am still 27 ish…

Apart from teaching I do a lot of role playing games with a great group of friends. I love watching films and TV shows old and new.

I became a big fan of Firefly, discovering in the process the world of fandom and am currently involved in doing a podcast related to this fantastic tv show. Find more about it at

I have "met" Stefan a little more than a year ago now and was invited to take part in Highway to Mars a few times now... I guess Stefan liked what I had to say as he has now entrusted me with taking over a few episodes for him... I hope you will like them too!

Talking of podcast, I am also doing a school podcast with a few of my students, guiding them, teaching them to use different programs etc.

I love travelling and would do a lot more of it if we could afford it.

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  • Sorry for the late comment – I’m playing catch up a little, podcast wise.

    I’m not sure how many Culture novels you’re intending to do, but I think the consensus is that the “Minds Book” (i.e. the one in which they, and their part in the culture take centre stage) is “Excession”. I think my favourite of the ones I’ve read so far is “The Player of Games” (coincidentally, I finished “Use of Weapons” a few weeks ago).

    • I am going to confess I am struggling through the culture novels largely because I don’t feel like there is much of a reference point for the universe and not having a lot to time I seem to miss details all over the place. I think Banks is writer you need to take time with. I think he will be some of my christmas reading.

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