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QuoteAnyone read Matter yet? Thoughts...
Quote from: Bez on January 06, 2013, 00:36:43 AMHas anyone caught up with Banks recently....my last book was the Steep Approach to Garbadale - which didn't really seem to go anywhere....I see that he's written a couple since then....any good ?
Quote from: BaldiePete on January 06, 2013, 01:24:57 AMMatter - dullTransition - pretty decent. It's sort of a cross between a mainstream Iain Banks book and a SF Iain M Banks book. Good pay-off at the end.Surface Detail - also OK but like most of his SF books for quite some time it's too long. If you are a long term Iain M Banks fan the very last word in the book is worth reading the preceding 600 pages for.Stonemouth - It's OK but really it's an attempt to re-create the feel of The Crow Road. He doesn't succeed.The Hydrogen Sonata - for Culture fanbois.To me, he hasn't written any really good SF since Inversions, or "mainstream" since Complicity.Old Banks Good, New Banks MehRaw Spirit, the book he wrote about touring Scotland visiting whisky distilleries is good fun.
Quote from: Bez on January 11, 2013, 21:41:02 PMCheers PeteI never really "got" the SF books...I think I gave up after the 3rd one (Use of Weapons or the Player of Games ?)I'll check out the "mainstream" additions
Quote from: Nick on April 03, 2013, 12:39:09 PMSad news today http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/features/iain-banks-i-have-cancer-1-2874469
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