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FunkyFingers
21-06-2002, 11:41:49
Ok, I've been on a bit of an Iain (M) Banks Read-a-thon recently, having digested the following, since December, in the following order:

The Wasp Factory
The Bridge
Complicity
Walking on Glass

Consider Phlebas
Against a Dark Background

So, in true interactive Internet styleee -, which should I read next? Here are the options:

Qweeg
21-06-2002, 13:21:31
I'd say Canal Dreams, which I think is one of his darkest black-n-whites, I highly recommend it. Look to Windward actually made me sigh when I'd finnished reading it.

I don't want to sound like some kind of Disciple so I keep my comments to a minimum and say their all good reads anyway. (except for Espedair Street and The Crow Road- the two Banks books I havent read)

FunkyFingers
21-06-2002, 13:36:29
So you are voting in the "None of the above"...

Banks is brilliant - I hope he's writing more.

Guy
21-06-2002, 13:56:09
Haven't read Canal Dreams yet. I would reccommend Use of Weapons, myself. Great character novel. Don't read Look to Windward until you've read the other Culture novels. It probably doesn't matter, but the experience is better with the full background in your pocket.

FunkyFingers
21-06-2002, 13:58:20
Guy - aah, thanks. Perhaps I'll go out and pick up the other Culture novels first then.

Qweeg
21-06-2002, 14:03:08
Originally posted by Guy
Haven't read Canal Dreams yet. I would reccommend Use of Weapons, myself. Great character novel. Don't read Look to Windward until you've read the other Culture novels. It probably doesn't matter, but the experience is better with the full background in your pocket.

Actually I'd agree with that- get some more background first (Culture wise anyway). A Song of Stone is also very dark and menacing as far as the black-n-whites go so

If you read a BnW next: Canal Dreams
If you read a Culture one next:Use of Weapons or The State of the Art.

Qweeg
21-06-2002, 14:04:54
In fact- Culurewise read The State of the Art, a good compilation of stories based in his Culture universe, and a good introduction as a result.

Sean
21-06-2002, 16:54:09
I would sya read another genre. Go get Cormac McCarthy’s fantastic Blood Meridian, a Western with no heroes.

Noisy
22-06-2002, 16:01:47
'Song of Stone' - weird; feels 'lightweight' when you're reading it; the 'catch' is telegraphed from a mile away; if you don't like it, it could put you off Banks for life.
'Crow Road' - brilliant; the tv series/film does it justice, IMO.
'Feersum Endjinn' - didn't do much for me; the style of language could be distracting.
'Look to Windward' - save this one until last, so that you finish on a high.

'Espedaire Street' - after the vein of 'Crow Road'/'Complicity'; recommended.
'Whit' - weird (of course!) but good.
'The Business' - insubstantial.

My general recommendation would be to read them in the order in which they were published.

Spartak
24-06-2002, 23:28:45
I wouldn't wait Look to Windward is just amazing. Why limit yourself when you can tastle the best now?

Funkodrom
25-06-2002, 08:39:10
Just read them all.

Sean
25-06-2002, 08:46:19
Read Look to Windward, then read something else. Even if the best bits are in the airsphere.

Noisy
25-06-2002, 08:48:59
Look: if Qweeg, Guy and myself say leave 'Look to Windward 'til last, then that is what you should do. Ignore those other ass monkeys.

Funkodrom
25-06-2002, 09:23:59
I agree, leave Look to Windward 'til last.

FunkyFingers
25-06-2002, 09:26:01
Great, I'll read Windward first then

Sean
25-06-2002, 09:34:02
No, I also meant read Windward last whne I voted for it. As in, try something else.

FunkyFingers
25-06-2002, 09:59:41
aah - Black Lace it is then :D