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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #30 on: July 10, 2003, 01:42:59 AM »
Bought the Dutch translation of The Business a couple of weeks ago.
The Wasp factory is not available in a Dutch translation anymore, unfortunately.
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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2003, 19:45:34 PM »
Calling all Iain Banks fans, we look set to review one of his books this month, so please feel free to join in too!

Look under the talking bollocks VII section
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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2003, 21:48:04 PM »
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Because 2000 is divisble by 4?

Not quite that simple Slim.
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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2003, 22:27:46 PM »
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I know the above, cos I spent a couple of years coding this crap in various places and had to find out for sure.


Oddly, I had to code this myself a few years back, in C - just found the function I wrote:

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int isleapyr(int yr) {
  return (yr % 4 == 0) ;
  /* or .. will work in 2100:  return ((yr % 4 == 0) && (yr % 100) || (yr % 400 == 0)) */
}


I had forgotten the exact rule, but it looks like I coded it to work up to 2099 only (the year argument would always be the present year), but left a comment in the code so it could be modified to work correctly in 2100 (and beyond!) if necessary!



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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #34 on: October 08, 2003, 04:31:32 AM »
It certainly does Reg, I ought to have set a reminder here, Its a while since I was in this area of the site...No excuses..its in the post sir! ;D
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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2006, 23:33:27 PM »
For those that are interested a new IB book heading our way soonish, titled

 "The Steep Approach to Garbadale".


Key Editorial Points:

Dark family secrets and a passionate love affair: Iain Banks' best novel since THE CROW ROAD.

Book Information:

Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million pound gaming business lie at the heart of Iain Banks' fabulous new novel .

The Wopuld family have built their fortune on a board game called EMPIRE. It has transferred remarkably well to the computer generation and now the American Spraint corportation want to buy them out. Alban, who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks the yanks should be treated with suspicion - but he also has other things on his mind. What was it that drove his mother to take her own life? And has he ever really got over Sophie, the girl he had a teenage love affair with and who will be present at the forthcoming family gathering in their highland castle?

A book of great warmth, humanity and ingenuity, MATTER is Iain Banks' finest novel since THE CROW ROAD.
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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #36 on: August 21, 2006, 16:49:36 PM »
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For those that are interested a new IB book heading our way soonish, titled

 "The Steep Approach to Garbadale".


Key Editorial Points:

Dark family secrets and a passionate love affair: Iain Banks' best novel since THE CROW ROAD.

Book Information:

Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million pound gaming business lie at the heart of Iain Banks' fabulous new novel .

The Wopuld family have built their fortune on a board game called EMPIRE. It has transferred remarkably well to the computer generation and now the American Spraint corportation want to buy them out. Alban, who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks the yanks should be treated with suspicion - but he also has other things on his mind. What was it that drove his mother to take her own life? And has he ever really got over Sophie, the girl he had a teenage love affair with and who will be present at the forthcoming family gathering in their highland castle?

A book of great warmth, humanity and ingenuity, MATTER is Iain Banks' finest novel since THE CROW ROAD.


He has changed the title. It was going to be called "Matter".

BTW - there was another Iain Banks thread on way down on page 6.
http://www.t-n-m-s.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1089387263/41#41


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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2006, 21:53:03 PM »

Extract from the new book here http://www.iainbanks.net/garbadale.htm
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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #38 on: November 26, 2006, 00:50:33 AM »
I've always thought that "The Wasp Factory" was the ultimate Rush fan's book. If Neil Peart had written it we'd have started our own religion by now.  

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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #39 on: November 26, 2006, 09:03:44 AM »
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I've always thought that "The Wasp Factory" was the ultimate Rush fan's book. If Neil Peart had written it we'd have started our own religion by now.  

What are you trying so say about Rush fans Mr Pict  ?   ::)

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Are we all suppressing our inner woman, murdering our relatives and torturing animals   ;)
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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #40 on: November 26, 2006, 20:43:33 PM »
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What are you trying so say about Rush fans Mr Pict

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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #41 on: November 26, 2006, 21:13:41 PM »
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Thankfully I'm wrong. Each Sunday I realise this is becoming more common as I peruse my Saturday night temporary keyboard insanity. I think what I mean (and I'm no longer sure) is that Rush music is not completely normal. Most folk shy away and yet their fans are attracted to it in an addictive, compulsive way. And not in a trying just to be contrary way either. If you get it you really get it and it's under your skin forever. A sound that restructures your DNA. Is that a weird enough explanation? I think I am back on thread again. The Wasp Factory is like that. It strikes you somewhere that you will always remember. If you get it!

I bought this book many years ago but never read it. I think I will try it now on the strength of your somewhat rambling recommendation...


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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #42 on: November 26, 2006, 21:42:28 PM »
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I bought this book many years ago but never read it. I think I will try it now on the strength of your somewhat rambling recommendation...



Are all of my replies to you going to begin with "How dare you"? I have never rambled in my life. I am succinct always. I could say more but that would just open the door to spurious conjecture. OK I do ramble. But in a good way. ;D

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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2007, 21:22:56 PM »
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My Rush following seems to have run side by side with the releases of his books.


My original quote has come to fruition !!!  :o :o :o :o ;D


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Steep-Approach-Garbadale-Iain-Banks/dp/0316731056/sr=8-1/qid=1171315264/ref=pd_ka_1/203-4241257-5957528?ie=UTF8&s=books
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Re: Iain Banks
« Reply #44 on: February 15, 2007, 19:03:14 PM »
Without looking at Amazon, has he written a book called The Algebreist?
I've read that.