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at last! A new culture novel!

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Cant express the level of anticipation ive had looking forward to this.

Posted by Alfie


Caine says:

This is on my book list!

13th Feb 2008, 23:54

mat says:

I emailed the publisher, but they have no plans to release it electronically right now.

I shall have to see how long I can hang on for before just buying the print edition.

14th Feb 2008, 00:00

Alfie says:

Its a shame Banks fans arent quite as fervent as Potter fans or the book would have already been painstakingly copied out and available in digital form.

14th Feb 2008, 13:47

whats banks' best novel to start with then eh?

14th Feb 2008, 13:48

mat says:

Alfie - Copied out? Right, yes. Heard of OCR, at all? :)

JBL - I'd start with Consider Phlebas or possible Excession. Assuming you mean Iain M Banks (his sci-fi pen name), rather than Iain Banks, who writes non-genre fiction - in which case start with The Wasp Factory, but for goodness sakes don't eat while you're reading it. For those who know the book, I was eating lukewarm rice when I found out What Happened To Eric.

I felt sick for days.

14th Feb 2008, 14:54

Joe says:


I like The Wasp Factory, but I prefer The Bridge or Complicity as novels. As far as His Sci-Fi goes I like The Player of Games or Feersum Enjin

14th Feb 2008, 15:34

mat says:

Walking on Glass, The Crow Road and Whit are probably my favourites of his non-genre stuff, and I'm a big fan of The Player Of Games from his sci-fi. But Consider Phlebas is a good starting point, as it's got a bit of everything. I wouldn't want to be thrown right into Inversions without a Culture Primer, for example.

Fuck it, I like pretty much everything Iain Banks has written (if you could see my bookshelf, you'd see a lot of first editions and signed hardbacks). Damn good author.

14th Feb 2008, 15:39

Joe says:

My fave author I think, he appeals to both the sci-fi fan and the warped and dark no holds barred thriller fan in me.

I quite like The Business as well in his non-genre stuff, though it's actually a love story, it's very well done.

14th Feb 2008, 15:43

mat says:

I'm not sure if I'd go as far as favourite author. Philip K Dick might take that crown, for me.

I'm reading a lot of Very Hard sci-fi at the moment - Stephen Baxter, Peter F Hamilton, Charles Stross, Vernor Vinge. Baxter - with his deep understanding of physics - especially blows my tiny mind.

14th Feb 2008, 15:51

Joe says:

I'm not much of a reader, my attention span is very short. Banks is one of the few who consistently keeps me interested, I think that's why I consider him my favourite. I've just started The Book of Dave by Will Self....which is very hard going but keeping me turning the pages at the moment.

14th Feb 2008, 16:11

mat says:

You should try the (free, and quite short) Accellerando, by Charles Stross. Very fast paced, extremely exciting, really really makes you want to live long enough to experience some of the things that might happen in the future.

14th Feb 2008, 16:36

Alfie says:

I just finished it, and although great, it seems somehow....flat.... or something. Maybe I read it too voraciously and with too much expectation (if such a thing could be said of an M Banks book). I'll have to re-read it.

Also, it's a lot more like Inversions than any of his other books, and I enjoyed that book the least, so it might be that I'm just biased against the setting he chose.

Ho Hum.

18th Feb 2008, 15:12

Rich says:

I always find it's a good idea to ratchet expectations down a notch before interacting with something I've been anticipating as I'm always disappointed that it's not as awesome as what I imagined it would be.

18th Feb 2008, 15:58

Good to see there's another Culture novel but like Alfie I've been enjoying his stuff less recently

Charles Stross now - Euphro introduced me to that and those of his books with future vision are really something else.

I love hard-hitting-science-based-Sci-Fi with a good story and cyber punk. Would add Michael Marshall Smith to Mats list too

26th Feb 2008, 08:38

Alfie says:

Michael Marshall Smiths' crime novels under the name Michael Marshall are also really really good.

26th Feb 2008, 10:50

thank you - I'll check them out

27th Feb 2008, 00:35

spinboy says:

Late to the Iain Banks discussion game. But I would always recomend Espadair Street as a great Banks book. I read it when I was 14 and it left a certain impression of Glasgow.

3rd Mar 2008, 00:45

Kevin says:

OK - but what about The Algebraist? I read that on trains when I had a terrible job and it saved my life!

14th Apr 2008, 10:56

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