Quite. I wrote a wee review at: http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/525188-transition-by-iain-banks.htmlI'll grant you that. Although somewhat more Machiavellian.
Ah, yes...old news.Interesting to note on his website that the US edition has the M in place!
Banks has a unique position. He exists as an SF writer, lauded by fans on here, but also, out there in the world of 'Oh I don't read sci-fi, I read literature'! Most people mention books like The Crow Road or The Wasp Factory, blissfully unaware he's also a successful 'sci-fi' writer!Ah, yes...old news.
I'm gazing at my copy of Transition by "Iain M Banks" as I type. Although highly regarded in SF circles, Banks is not quite as big a noise here in the US as he is in UK. I suspect the publishers felt Transition would appeal to US SF readers more than his "literary" fiction fans, hence the "M".
In truth, I don't think it probably makes much difference.
I've never quite understood the division myself. But I've run into several people in the last 6 months who've never read IMB's SF and asked for recs.
I agree the structure is typical Banks, but I felt the way it's written is more...contemporary and earthy - understandably. The Adrian's part had me laughed out a few times. Now I feel like to read more of his no 'M' books.I've only just started reading this so I'll skip the reviews for now. I'd say the style was typically Banks with the multiple story-lines running together and the asides (some of which I thought reminiscent of Douglas Adams.) There is a lot of humour.
Do not go into this book expecting classic Banks Culture style space opera; you won't get it. Style-wise It is closer to a mix between Use of Weapons and Walking on Glass (an Iain Banks book without the 'M') and the sf content (the actual transitioning between multiple universes) is almost incidental despite being the subject of the book!