Iain M Banks - 'Culture series' Page 8

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  • DaM 5 Oct 2012 13:10:26 12,901 posts
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    barchetta wrote:
    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. :)
    My Kindle pre-order copy announced itself on my iPad yesterday :)
  • Bremenacht 5 Oct 2012 15:26:53 17,613 posts
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    I wouldn't call the early Culture novels depressing, but they are a wee bit grim, typically ending with your favourite character(s) being crushed by the machinations of hidden puppet-masters.

    I think I preferred them to the "Wooooo, everything we do is cool" books that came later.
  • TechnoHippy 16 Oct 2012 14:35:17 14,698 posts
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    Use of Weapons podcast:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2012/oct/12/iain-banks-book-club-podcast

    My books, contests, reviews and author interviews on my blog

  • Immaterial 3 Nov 2012 08:18:43 1,320 posts
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    Five minutes with Iain Banks (clothes on, now).

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

  • Deleted user 27 November 2012 09:33:06
    evild_edd wrote:
    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!
    I have only just started on Banks' Culture series, after enjoying his "non sci-fi stuff" for years (although Transition is classed as a "non sci-fi" book here although in my option it very much is). After reading Consider Phlebas and Player of Games I'm looking forward ot getting stuck into the next one.

    Phlebas I found to be a brilliant read of what I saw to be an ultimately doomed protagonist. After reading I could see that he was always destined to die, being as he was part of a race engineered to be nothing more than a weapon. I saw that the story wasn't his after all, but nothing more than a commentary on a series of completely inconsequential actions that had no impact on a war that the Culture didn't even need to join (and were always destined to win) in the first place.

    That's my take on it anyway.

    Player of Games I wasn't too impressed with at first but got more involved as it went on and in the end I really enjoyed it, and even found it quite affecting in the end.
  • monty2k 29 Jan 2013 12:50:46 241 posts
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    I would just like to thank everyone on this thread for getting me back into reading the culture books.

    I last read Consider Phlebas as a spotty teen in my local library but when I read the comments on here I went out and rebought the first 3 culture books. I've almost finished Use of Weapons now and they have been three great, great books. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    I have a question though, should I just read them in the order they were written? Or is there some hidden order I'm unaware of.

    Edited by monty2k at 12:51:31 29-01-2013
  • RyanDS 29 Jan 2013 12:56:33 9,065 posts
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    monty2k wrote:
    I would just like to thank everyone on this thread for getting me back into reading the culture books.

    I last read Consider Phlebas as a spotty teen in my local library but when I read the comments on here I went out and rebought the first 3 culture books. I've almost finished Use of Weapons now and they have been three great, great books. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    I have a question though, should I just read them in the order they were written? Or is there some hidden order I'm unaware of.
    I recomend the order that they are written as the culture does evolve and it is interesting to follow that evolution.
  • monty2k 29 Jan 2013 13:10:04 241 posts
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    @RyanDS

    Thanks for the quick reply. I'll read them in order then. Cheers!
  • PearOfAnguish 3 Apr 2013 11:21:42 7,147 posts
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    Iain Banks has terminal cancer: http://www.orbitbooks.net/2013/04/03/a-personal-statement-from-iain-banks/

    Fuck.
  • Oh-Bollox 3 Apr 2013 11:30:44 5,164 posts
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    That's fucking shit.
  • LockeTribal 3 Apr 2013 11:40:13 4,498 posts
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    Terrible news. One of my favourite authors.
  • mcmonkeyplc 3 Apr 2013 11:45:40 39,387 posts
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    Fuck! That's terrible. :(

    Also one of my favourite authors.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Mr_Sleep 3 Apr 2013 11:52:23 16,853 posts
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    He's also a most witty and convivial gent. Cancer is shit.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • The12thMonkey 3 Apr 2013 11:57:01 267 posts
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    Gutted. Love the culture novels. Gonna miss him :(
  • RunningMan 3 Apr 2013 11:59:21 2,386 posts
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    :cry: Bloody terrible news.
  • Deleted user 3 April 2013 12:01:22
    Fucking hell. I can't believe it :-(
  • evild_edd 3 Apr 2013 12:07:15 3,017 posts
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    Fuck, that's rotten news! One of my favourite authors - love his novels, regardless of whether or not they carry the 'M'.

    :0(

    Why look, it's a blog:
    http://www.edwardlaven.blogspot.co.uk

  • AccidentProne 3 Apr 2013 12:19:16 1,154 posts
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    Shit, that's fucking horrible news! Pretty much my favourite author too.
  • Psychotext 3 Apr 2013 12:32:01 53,854 posts
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    Fuck cancer. :(
  • Immaterial 3 Apr 2013 12:35:29 1,320 posts
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    He's going to be missed by a hell of a lot of people. FCUTA.

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 3 Apr 2013 12:41:55 10,852 posts
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    :(
  • RyanDS 3 Apr 2013 12:43:22 9,065 posts
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    Fuck. Met him a few times and he was always an awesome gent.
  • Wacko_AK 3 Apr 2013 12:57:59 180 posts
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    Fuck, far and away my favourite author. Met him a few times at book launches and he always came across very well and you could tell he was very passionate about what he was doing.
  • mad_Scientist 3 Apr 2013 13:03:34 46 posts
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    Really is terrible news.
  • barchetta 3 Apr 2013 13:04:54 1,320 posts
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    A true gent and an immense creative force. Hope he has as peaceful and rewarding a time as possible with the time he has left. Lost most of my family to various forms of cancer - a truly random and vicious way to go.
  • Khab 3 Apr 2013 14:05:19 6,576 posts
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    Just heard. Dammit. Damn it all to hell.
  • Immaterial 3 Apr 2013 15:27:50 1,320 posts
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    GCU 'Dramatic Exit, Or, Thank you And Goodnight'.

    Glad to see there's a separate thread for Iain Banks' cancer news, too.

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

  • TechnoHippy 3 Apr 2013 19:33:00 14,698 posts
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    Sad news - for me he's one of the great modern sci-fi writers. Excession is my favourite novel of all time.

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  • RedSparrows 9 Jun 2013 16:30:12 22,070 posts
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    And now he has succumbed.

    RIP. Only read Phlebas, but it was refreshing.
  • grey_matters 9 Jun 2013 16:50:47 3,676 posts
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    RedSparrows wrote:
    And now he has succumbed.

    RIP. Only read Phlebas, but it was refreshing.
    :(
    I must read the new one soon.

    Edited by grey_matters at 16:51:05 09-06-2013
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