I re-read my post from (can it be?) nearly a year ago. I find that Alastair Reynolds books still leave me frustrated. Some of them start out with such promise (he has some wonderful plot ideas) but they all devolve into a maddening psychological battle, within or without. I have read none with the purity of purpose and grace filled living that draws me to books like David Weber's Honor Harrington series.
It is not that I have not given him a fair shake. I've read Chasm City, Revelation Space, Pushing Ice, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap. All of them IMO started with great promise and ended in frustrating failure.