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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:18 am    Post subject: Walking on Glass - Iain Banks Reply with quote

Anyone read this?

The only Banks book I hadn't read - finally did read it, very strange. Keep feeling I missed something.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did manage to read this earlier in the year. I am not brilliant with complicated books as I am too spoiled by TV and films.

I enjoyed reading it but not at all sure I understood it.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only Iain Banks book I've read was The Bridge and that was several years back. Enjoyed it immensely - except the bit where the hero has to f*** a pig.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Janov Seldon wrote:
The only Iain Banks book I've read was The Bridge and that was several years back. Enjoyed it immensely - except the bit where the hero has to f*** a pig.


I found The Bridge hard going at first but worth the wait.
For hard Iain M Banks try Feersum Endjinn - bloody hard going.

For me Crow Road, Complicity, Wasp Factory, Dead Air, Steep Approach to Gabardale are amongst my favourite Iain Banks.

As for his Sci Fi under Iain M Banks I love them all with the exception of the afore mentioned Feersum Endjinn, but my most favourite is Consider Phleabas - renamed: Consider fleabag in my house in honour of a flea ridden cat who made her home here a few years back.

Phleabas is where "SHARPBLUE" came from.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read Walking on Glass only once, about 25 years ago, so my memory might be a little unreliable but I recall it being a colleciton of three short stories. Two of the three are OK, nothing special and not really SF. The third short story, however is SF/Fantasy and 'trippy' enough to make anything out of The Bridge appear like kitchen-sink social realism. For ths short story alone I would strongly recommend the book.

It was reading Walking on Glass that convinced me of Iain Banks' genius. I particulary like his early stuff, before he separated the Science Fiction / Fantasy side of his writing into the Iain M Banks brand. Of these, I would recommend his Culture books and 'The Algebraist'.

IMO, anyone who hasn't read 'Espedair Street' hasn't really lived. But then, I'm writing as spomeone who, when he was in a band 20 years ago, insisted that we call ourselves The Bridge...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Espidair Street I liked. Just reading Matter at the moment. I'm a bit behind with Banks due to other authors I've been catching up on.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps I'm missing out here! Only read Excession and the Wasp Factory...
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