I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
I can see some of the things that led to comparisons between the Culture books and Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch books, but Gurgeh makes me miss Breq a lot.
The AIs and drones are nice, though. I hope at least one of the ships gets to talk more. (D)GOU Limiting Factor has potential. Oh, and I love the ship names. My favorite so far is GCU Just Read the Instructions.