Iain [M] Banks
leffeboy – I know what you mean. I think I struggled through at most 1/3 properly, then skimmed. Didn’t click at all. Really not one I’d recommend..
The Crow Road / Espedair Street would be definitely worth a read. I bought Espedair Street (I think it had just come out) to read on the train after attending my uncle’s funeral, not feeling particularly upbeat but had me laughing out loud within a handful of pages..Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
He did have his ups and downs… Crow Road, Espedair Street, Use of Weapons, Consider Phlebease (where I came in), Player of Games, probably Excession and Against a Dark Background, are highs. Complicity if you can stand the grim, Whit if you want a lighter touch. But Canal Dreams and Dead Air are just pretty bad IMO and Garbadale is more or less Crow Road 2: This Time It’s Less Good. Walking on Glass and the Bridge divide opinion, I didn’t like either much but then I didn’t like Lanark at all either.
I just realised I’ve missed some… To Amazon!
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others have interpreted that character in a cockney accent
Aye, something about “bascule thi rascule” just said mockney geezer to me.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Try again. I think it’s worth it. Then read Surface Detail. Banks believed in the possibility of redemption.
I’ve tried re-reading Player Of Games three or four times. He doesn’t get to be any less of a scumbag with no redeeming qualities, which I just can’t get past.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve read all of the Culture books three or four times, except for Surface Detail, which is too new to re-read as yet.matthewjbSubscriber
I’ve tried re-reading Player Of Games three or four times
I thought you were talking about Use of Weapons. Hence my comment about Surface Detail
He’s quite self-centred and naive but I wouldn’t call him a scumbag. Anyway that’s how the Culture made him, a games playing machine. 🙂Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
I’ve tried re-reading Player Of Games three or four times. He doesn’t get to be any less of a scumbag with no redeeming qualities, which I just can’t get past.
Gurgegh is one of my favourite IMB characters – he cheats & he lies, but ultimately he accepts his fate, for the good of the Culture. 😀
To me, it’s the simplest of the Culture novels and I like it’s lack of ambiguity – it’s the one I always recommend to people after Consider Phlebas.Posted 4 years ago
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