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Pants-of-dog wrote:I woke up this morning in the mood for a new Iain M. Banks novel.
Heisenberg wrote:I'm just coming to the end of Consider Phlebas. I'll admit it hasn't really gripped me, but I've enjoyed it enough that I'll happily give another of his books a try. I've heard it's not necessarily the best of the Culture series, after all. Are there any Banks novels you really recommend?
Potemkin wrote:Use of Weapons. It was actually the first Culture book he wrote, but every publisher he approached rejected it as being too 'difficult'. He therefore wrote an 'easier' Culture novel, Consider Phlebas, which was accepted for publication. The rest is history.... Lol. Use of Weapons is, of course, far superior to Consider Phlebas.
Pants-of-dog wrote:Either Player of Games or Use of Weapons is a good read after Consider Phlebas.
I did not know the history behind Consider Phlebas which explains a lot, actually.
I would read all of them, and save Use of Weapons for last. It is just so good.
Tainari88 wrote:@Potemkin never heard of that novelist or author. Banks?
Consider Phlebus is considered to be worst book in the Culture series. The main issue is that we don't see the Culture itself enough. I did find it alright though. But the actual Culture starts from "The player of the games" second book of the series, in the order of their publication.
Potemkin wrote:Iain M. Banks was a very famous Scottish science fiction writer, @Tainari88. He also wrote mainstream literary novels as well, under a cunning pseudonym: 'Iain Banks', without the 'M'. Lol.
fuser wrote:Hey I would add him being socialist as well when introducing Banks.
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