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Thinking that it maybe was about time for something not so spectacular I grabbed this book by Iain Not-M Banks while I was at the bookstore getting The Naked God Good thing Even with its high finance setting and international business milieu The Business is the most quiet and laid back book Ive ever read by Banks This is mostly because of the main character Kate Telman whos just so nice and warm and understandable that its nearly too much But only nearly Banks keeps her well in line and makes her tell her story in just about the best possible way that the story can be told Kate is a lever three executive level one is the top in the company called The Business Now that may sound like the recipe for a silly move with Sigourney Weaver and Harrison Ford but really it is not The Business is a different kind of company first of all its old in the sense that it owned the Roman Empire for a short period its democratic in the sense that its executives are elected by the employees and thirdly its big in the sense that its trying to buy a country so that it can get a seat in the UN The country-buying bit is where Kate comes into the picture The Business wants her to checkout this small country in the Himalayas Oh and could she possibly marry the local prince while shes at it Theres a lot more to the story but no as much as one might have hoped Lots of zipping around the world and talking to people with way too much money and definitely too much power but somehow I had a feeling that Banks didnt know Kate well enough before he started out on this story Oh the story is great but I could have used just a bit more depth of character in
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