Iain M Banks - 'Culture series' Page 7

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  • L0cky 22 Jul 2012 18:50:46 1,499 posts
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    Finished Player of Games, excellent read. Thanks for the tip :)
  • monkehhh 22 Jul 2012 19:01:04 3,267 posts
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    Remember my parents going for a curry with their mates and Iain Banks, many years ago, think their mates knew his wife at the time - said he was a great bloke and he paid for everyone :)

    Read a couple of his not sci-fi books and enjoyed them, also had Use Of Weapons but I was definitely too young for it. Really should check some of his 'M' books!
  • wayneh 22 Jul 2012 19:10:17 2,281 posts
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    Just finished Surface Detail, hard to pick up and work out what's going on straight away but as the story progresses it turns into an awesome read. Loved the borderline psychopathic Culture warship and a brilliant closing line for anyone who has read 'The Use Of Weapons'

    Act like a dumbshit and they will treat you as an equal

  • Deleted user 22 July 2012 19:23:02
    @wayneh I hadn't read Use of Weapons before reading SD and as such it made me hunt it down. Turns out there are now two Culture books I hate more than SD: the bloated and constipated Matter and UoW with the least likable and engaging protagonist.
  • elstoof 22 Jul 2012 19:35:56 6,602 posts
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    Funny, I much prefered Use of Weapons to a lot of the others, particularly what seems to be everyone's favourite, Excession.
  • wayneh 22 Jul 2012 19:46:34 2,281 posts
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    I enjoyed the use of weapons as well, the player of games is the weakest one for me.

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  • TechnoHippy 22 Jul 2012 19:49:27 14,698 posts
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    I thought I was strange for Excession being my favourite :-)

    Matter is my least favourite by quite some margin.

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  • Khanivor 22 Jul 2012 20:09:32 40,378 posts
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    I'd like to read em all again sometime. Have to re buy a few as they fell prey to being loaned out.
  • warlockuk 22 Jul 2012 20:35:09 19,133 posts
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    I'm just at the end of use of weapons. Enjoying the series so far :)

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • Deleted user 22 July 2012 20:59:54
    @wayneh Blasphemer! :D
  • ilmaestro 23 Jul 2012 02:11:35 32,406 posts
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    wayneh wrote:
    the player of games is the weakest one for me.
    D:

    4235

  • Khanivor 23 Jul 2012 02:36:39 40,378 posts
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    /has named PC Jurnegh for many years
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    My white iPad is named Flere-Imsaho :/
  • wayneh 23 Jul 2012 12:34:06 2,281 posts
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    HurbleBurble wrote:
    @wayneh Blasphemer! :D
    I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it just that I enjoyed others more :-)

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  • mcmonkeyplc 22 Aug 2012 14:20:25 39,384 posts
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    Just about to read Inversions.

    I just finished Against a dark background...it was readable but it was a bit shit really, didn't have a proper end either.

    Hope Inversions is better.

    (I've already read Excession)

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • elstoof 22 Aug 2012 14:23:41 6,602 posts
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    It's not strictly a Culture book, Inversions. Just a warning.
  • mcmonkeyplc 22 Aug 2012 14:40:32 39,384 posts
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    Hopefully the kindle sample will be enough for me to judge whether it's worth reading.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • TechnoHippy 22 Aug 2012 15:31:29 14,698 posts
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    I enjoyed Inversions, as elstoof says, it's not a Culture book, but worth a read.

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  • mcmonkeyplc 22 Aug 2012 16:11:09 39,384 posts
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    I don't mind it not being a culture novel (I've read it is but that it doesn't specifically mention the culture) I mind it if the story drags on forever without a proper ending...like Against a dark background.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Bremenacht 22 Aug 2012 17:52:51 17,600 posts
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    I liked AADB!
  • riz23 13 Sep 2012 22:33:10 1,150 posts
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    So who has pre-ordered The Hydrogen Sonata then?

    With a new Iain M Banks, a new Peter F Hamilton and finally, another David Brin I am in sci-fi happy land.
  • otto Moderator 13 Sep 2012 22:46:05 49,298 posts
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    o/

    But you can forget the new PFH. ;p

    Also: new Richard Kadrey/Sandman Slim book out!! *win*

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  • riz23 14 Sep 2012 02:12:02 1,150 posts
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    otto wrote:
    o/

    Good man! I can't wait to lug that book on the train to work. :)
  • barchetta 4 Oct 2012 20:41:52 1,315 posts
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    Out today? My preorder hasn't arrived, well it is at the local post office I think. Anyone started it yet?
  • localnotail 4 Oct 2012 20:51:00 23,093 posts
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    Started at the beginning again.

    Man, Consider Phlebas is depressing, I had forgotten.

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  • Ginger 4 Oct 2012 21:01:44 6,826 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    Started at the beginning again.

    Man, Consider Phlebas is depressing, I had forgotten.
    I just reread that. Was much, much better the second time around.

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  • Bremenacht 4 Oct 2012 22:59:20 17,600 posts
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    barchetta wrote:
    Out today? My preorder hasn't arrived, well it is at the local post office I think. Anyone started it yet?
    Oh gosh, I'd forgotten! I do hope I'll have a nice treat in the post for the weekend.
  • barchetta 5 Oct 2012 10:47:56 1,315 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    barchetta wrote:
    Out today? My preorder hasn't arrived, well it is at the local post office I think. Anyone started it yet?
    Oh gosh, I'd forgotten! I do hope I'll have a nice treat in the post for the weekend.
    Funny, but I realise now that I've fallen off the book-reading wagon in the last 18 months. My loft is a testament to my previously voracious habit but I think with work commitments, ever more club-involved kids and (sneaking suspicion) the arrival of an iPad into the house I find I have less gaming time and much less reading time.

    I need to arrest this fall - Mr Banks should do nicely. :)
  • evild_edd 5 Oct 2012 11:19:34 3,010 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    Started at the beginning again.

    Man, Consider Phlebas is depressing, I had forgotten.
    Don't recall Consider Phelbas being depressing. In fact, it was quite hopeful in some way (the idea that technology may eventually free us of the restictive, self-defeating instinctive nature which blights 'natural life') - though perhaps I'm reading too much in to it. Or too little.

    It's actually a while since I read it so I'm not 100% sure what happens. All I really remember is how clever I thought it was having The Culture explained from the perspective of someone opposed to the system. Thought it was an excellent story telling technique!

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  • TechnoHippy 5 Oct 2012 12:23:17 14,698 posts
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    My pre-order has been dispatched :-)

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