(written Dec 26, 2015 catching up)
We lost a huge writer when Iain M. Banks died. I had been rationing his Culture books even before he moved on, because each one is just so delicious. I found Surface Detail for really cheap in a used bookstore in PEI and it seemed the perfect book to cap off my vacation with. Excession is still my favourite, but this comes into second place probably. I won't go into the story details, but it delivered.