iain m banks

  1. Vertigo

    Culture Series of Iain M Banks: A Critical Introduction by Simone Caroti

    I approached this book with some trepidation; I am always a little wary of academic book critics, tending to find them a little pretentious. A gross generalisation, of course, but one that usually holds true for me and, for me at least, this was filled with all those esoteric and obscure words...
  2. Vince W

    Amazon Developing Consider Phlebas

    Exciting news, but I'm going to take a wait and see approach. Amazon Developing ‘Consider Phlebas’ as Fantasy Drama Series
  3. Caliban

    Culture Reread

    Karin Kross is spearheading a reread of the Culture books over at Tor.com. Any fans of Banks and his work could do worse than following along. The Culture Reread | Series | Tor.com
  4. J-Sun

    Player of Games (and Consider Phlebas), specifically; Banks, generally

    I'm testing a theory. A few main questions: If you've read any Banks, have you read The Player of Games? Did you like it? (For bonus points, have you read Consider Phlebas and did you like it?) Are you a Banks fan, generally? Examples of other related questions: Whatever you feel about CP/PoG...
  5. AE35Unit

    The Player of Games by Ian M. Banks

    Some books are fun to read, interesting, engaging,with likeable characters. This isnt one of them, which is odd because I enjoyed Consider Phlebas. That earlier book was fun, exciting and very accesible. This book however is like reading a book in a foreign language when you only know a few...
  6. Vertigo

    Dead Air by Iain Banks

    Dead Air is the story of an aggressively political shock jock set in the aftermath of September 11th, and the rather strange love affair that he inadvertently slides into. In between making his political diatribes on air, Ken Nott lives the fast life of a minor celebrity full of parties, booze...
  7. N

    Help! Is Culture series ok for 9 yr old?

    Hi Hoping someone can help. My 9 year old is avid SF fan, he's just picked up Consider Phlebas, which I've not read. Is it ok for someone of his age? Ive read Iain Banks books and know some are definitely not appropriate. He's already loving it. Thank in advance!
  8. Caliban


    hi I'm a big fan of the Culture stuff and yes I'm aware they're all standalone but just for fun shall we try and construct a timeline among ourselves. I think Consider Phlebas is first isn't it - 1300s State of the Art is 1970s right? Surface Detail is at the very end if I remember right. I'm...
  9. C

    Silly question.

    So I read Consider Phlebas the other year and brilliant. I then got the Hydrogen Sonata at the book shop, after determining it might be the next one that was written based on its listed position inside the cover of another copy of Consider Phlebas that I looked at in the book shop. But I just...
  10. S

    Best ship name in the Culture series?

    I think that Banks was incredibly talented for creating funny, even poetic ship names in his novel. What's your favorite in the Culture series? (sorry for my english...)
  11. The DeadMan


    I have read several of Iain M. Banks books over the years. Can anyone tell me the title of the book whose main character is a shapeshifter?
  12. B

    Why Has No one in Hollywood Tried to adapt any of Banks Culture Novels ?

    I think they would make great films or better yet , they make great tv shows. Wy hasn't Hollywood tried to do them? :unsure:
  13. M

    Word Counts on Iain M Banks Novels

    Hello I was wandering if people could post some of the word counts for the Culture novels? I don't have copy's of them any more but would like to get some idea as to how long they were, and some people must have them on kindle. I'm specifically looking for the Player of Games and Excession...
  14. Vince W

    A previously unpublished interview with Iain M. Banks about The Culture

    If you like The Culture series, definitely give this a read. http://strangehorizons.com/2014/20141103/1banks-a.shtml
  15. Vertigo

    The Crow Road by Iain Banks

    I was a little disappointed by The Crow Road not because it wasn’t a good well written story – it was – but because it wasn’t as challenging a read as I have come to expect and love with Banks’ non science fiction work. This is a coming of age story though not a typical teenage one but it is...
  16. Vertigo

    Surface Detail by Iain M Banks

    A tour de force; this was certainly the best SF book I’ve read for at least a year, probably longer. I hesitate to say it’s the best Culture book I’ve read only because it’s at least 4 years since I last read one (it was before I started keeping accurate records) which is in itself a bit...
  17. Sally Ann Melia

    Inversions by Iain M. Banks

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have read all of Iain M Banks books, and I read Inversions the year after it was first published in 1999, and it has stayed with me ever since. This is a Culture book. To recap The ten books of the Culture are: Consider Phlebas, 1987; The Player of Games,1988; Use...
  18. Sally Ann Melia

    The Quarry by Iain Banks

    The Quarry by Iain Banks My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have read all the books by Iain Banks, and actually took quite a long time to get round to reading the Quarry. I think of reading this last book, but I finished it in March 2014. It was with a great deal of sadness that I finally read...
  19. Sally Ann Melia

    Complicity by Iain Banks

    I have read all of Iain Banks' books and I read this book when it was first published in 1993. This novel is perhaps the most predictable of Iain Banks novels since it is a tale a serial killer, and was published very much in the era of Silence of the Lambs. Complicity tells two tales one...
  20. Sally Ann Melia

    Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks

    I have read all of Iain M Banks books, and I read Feersum Endjinn the year after it was first published in 1994. This is probably the only Science Fiction book of Iain M Banks that I had read problems finishing. This is a future earth story, and part of the issue I have with this book was that...