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FunkyFingers
10-06-2002, 09:37:04
Ok, just started reading another Iain M Banks novel - Against a Dark Background. First thoughts - doesn't seem anything like the other Culture novels I've read so far - it's all rotten technology, crumbling civilisation and bizzarre religious sects. Interesting! Looking forward to getting in to this one...

Spartak
10-06-2002, 14:48:56
Its a great book. Just re-read it myself following a rush of blood after the recent interest in Banks here.

FunkyFingers
10-06-2002, 15:10:30
This is turning in to a bit of a Banks Fan Site!

Funkodrom
10-06-2002, 15:12:32
It was the best save in the world.

FunkyFingers
10-06-2002, 15:15:03
Originally posted by Funkodrom
It was the best save in the world.

Confused?

Spartak
10-06-2002, 20:33:12
I am.

FunkyFingers
10-06-2002, 21:30:27
You are what?!

I like the concept of the unique books in this book and the idea of the lazy weapon sounds interesting. Pukka.

Sean
10-06-2002, 21:39:48
I’ve just started on Siddhartha :bounce:.

King_Ghidra
11-06-2002, 07:47:59
Originally posted by Funkodrom
It was the best save in the world.

:lol:

they showed it in that Pele documentary on sunday night. Wow.

Sean
11-06-2002, 08:22:02
Oh, I get it.

FunkyFingers
11-06-2002, 08:54:31
Durgh, call me Mr Slow :D

Funkodrom
11-06-2002, 09:11:17
Well it's the World Cup. :D

Qweeg
11-06-2002, 15:02:47
Originally posted by Sean
I’ve just started on Siddhartha :bounce:.

Don't remeber that in Dark Background:confused: i need to read this book again. I remember it being a world that might exist in the Culture universe, and I remember I liked the team-bonding treatment thing that the main character and her friends had had- so that they'd function as a super team (if only England had that technology).

The main character is on the run from a cult of assasins or something I seem to recall?

FunkyFingers
20-06-2002, 10:15:01
Damn this book is good. Main character - Sharrow - team leader, being chased by all sorts of religious cults, assasins, nerve-bomb assailants etc. Fantastic stuff. It's got pretty gloomy toward the end - it is very much a dark novel. She's a rather complex character too, which you get to learn a lot obout. Banks again does well in getting you in and sympathising heavily with the main characters, then sudden jolts shock you at regular intervals with them when you realise they're not indestructible.

What's surprising is the society depicted in the book could in a lot of ways be like contemporary Earth - however, it's a fallen society which used to be so much more advanced - there are all these machines and artifacts that are legacies from their past that seem to just reinforce how much their culture has fallen. The Land of the Useless Kings was fantastic. The Lazy Gun idea is even better.
You do get the feeling that during it's former glory, the planet described could have been part of Culture, but you're never quite sure.

FunkyFingers
21-06-2002, 08:38:24
Whoa, finished this last night. Banks is such a bastard! He really knows how to mess with your emotions for the lead characters, and the end of the story is so harsh. Good book.

Vincent
22-06-2002, 20:47:02
A light background is far more ergonomic

Qweeg
24-06-2002, 10:33:46
I think Vincent is under-appreciated.

FunkyFingers
03-07-2002, 15:47:58
It's not a Culture novel :gotit: