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17-09-2002, 19:31:28
[Counterglow Reading List (http://www.counterglow.net/article.php?id=readinglist1)]

Thanks to Guy for all his efforts in compiling this article. Enjoy.

Scabrous Birdseed
17-09-2002, 19:56:10
Posting Nostalgia!!!

Funkodrom
17-09-2002, 20:53:52
That is the funniest article I've ever read on this site. I laughed out loud many times at Guy's comments. Brilliant. More!

Funkodrom
17-09-2002, 20:54:18
And good to see it's named after my home town.

jsorense
17-09-2002, 21:09:08
:eek:
I am shocked to see that I actually made a relatively decent contribution.
I second Funkodrom's analysis. it is hilarious.
Can't wait for the scifi section.
:beer:

Funkodrom
17-09-2002, 21:17:36
The Beach wasn't really as bad as that. The ending was just so crap it put me off the whole thing.

Noisy
17-09-2002, 22:31:42
Incompetent! Here (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0575004304/qid=1032301241/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_0_1/026-5993889-7462005) is the entry for 'North Cape' by Joe Poyer. Seems to be out of print, and there are no reviews.

Alistair Maclean (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/026-5993889-7462005) - 288 matches. :rolleyes: Whenever I do references, I give links to both .com and .co.uk sites. I used to reference BOL.com as well, but they didn't seem to have reviews.

Oh, and great article, Guy. :bounce: :beer:

Qweeg
18-09-2002, 12:45:54
Top article Guy, it neads some kind of index though. :)

DaShi
18-09-2002, 14:31:19

FunkyFingers
18-09-2002, 14:33:38
Wish I'd have written a proper appraisal of the Dark Materials now, rather than that pathetic fawning gushing nonesense I wrote the first and second times!

By the way, the first book is Northern Lights, not Golden Comp Ass...

Nice article though!

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
18-09-2002, 21:45:00
When are you going to do the non-fictions reviews, Guy?

Guy
20-09-2002, 14:50:18
Thanks, all. I've got at least two more planned to cover all the books that you all have talked about here, including one specifically on Banks. Hopefully it won't take me another eight months to finish the next one.

Funky, don't write for the front page. If you'd all done proper reviews, that article would have been boring as hell! ;)

As long as you guys keep reviewing things, I'll keep compiling them.

Oh, and big thanks to Nav for turning my formatting into something that was actually readable. :)

King_Ghidra
20-09-2002, 14:57:00
respect, it was a really enjoyable read - made me remember why i bother with this forum :)

FunkyFingers
20-09-2002, 15:41:40
I look forward to the next one Guy - but you've made me realise that my appraisals are always fawning and over-enthusiastic! <note to self, change writing style>

A Banksian overview would be good as it seems that between us here we're probably read all his novels? There's a new Banks just out actually - Dead Air it's called, don't suppose anyone's picked it up yet?

Funkodrom
20-09-2002, 15:43:46
I've read all his novels.

Except the new one I didn't know was out.

FunkyFingers
20-09-2002, 16:02:00
Blimey. Which one's your favouirte?
For me, of the Black and Whites, it's "The Bridge", and of the "M" series, difficult to judge, but at the moment "Against a Dark Background".

I saw Dead Air in WH Smith last week - strangely though it's not been printed in the same "Black or White" format as the other Iain Banks novels.

Funkodrom
20-09-2002, 16:07:56
I don't know which my favourite is. Most of them were my favourite just after I'd finished them.

I imagine a few others here have read them all as well.

FunkyFingers
20-09-2002, 16:22:17
The "M" series one I hesitated to say AADB as my favourite, it's a very good novel by itself, stands up better than, say, Excession, as a novel, but then it's not part of the Culture series, which is, I think, excellent overall. I need to read more Culture novels.

Funkodrom
20-09-2002, 17:40:52
I think that might be my favourite as well although I really liked A Player of Games.

moomin
20-09-2002, 19:42:15
The Bridge non-M. Use of Weapons M. UoW overall.

Sean
20-09-2002, 23:25:23
I agree with moomin (bugger), except I’d put The Bridge as the best overall. Those two are the most re-readable, which is a big plus.

Funkodrom
21-09-2002, 10:01:29
The Bridge was fantastic. I liked The Wasp Factory as well.

moomin
21-09-2002, 10:34:51
Anybody caught that Nick Hornby did a drive-by shooting at Banks over THe Wasp Factory in About A Boy? I found that really amusing.

Funkodrom
21-09-2002, 10:40:04
Haven't read About a Boy, what did he say?

Funkodrom
21-09-2002, 10:40:50
Banks and Hornby both deal with very different sides of depression in their work and do it well. It's very interesting to compare the two.

King_Ghidra@home
21-09-2002, 16:37:41
Originally posted by Funkodrom
I've read all his novels.

Except the new one I didn't know was out.

guardian doesn't seem very keen on it...

the whole concept of the story sounds crap - like a bad version of a novel martin amis would have written fifteen years ago

Noisy
21-09-2002, 16:56:58
B&W: 'The Wasp Factory'; 'M.': 'Consider Phlebas'; overall: 'Consider Phlebas'.

Funkodrom
22-09-2002, 11:02:54
I'll probably read it when it comes out in paperback then.

FunkyFingers
22-09-2002, 17:03:42
It is already out as PB

Funkodrom
22-09-2002, 19:54:12
Really? Hmmmm...

FunkyFingers
23-09-2002, 08:48:10
Really, aye

Darkstar
24-09-2002, 02:33:05
All this Banks talk... it's like it's required now, in the Fiction forum. Should we rename it, Banks and Films forum now?

Humm... so the Fiction forum has replaced the 'all threads must reference animal sex jokes with Bank books'? How curious.

BTW, Nice article. ;)

monolith94
12-10-2002, 04:21:57
What what what??? No William S. Burroughs?:heart: :heart: :heart:

FunkyFingers
15-10-2002, 12:50:57
Yes, this is the Banks forum. Nothing about money though.

monolith94
15-10-2002, 20:28:48
WTF is Banks? Some kinda author or something?

It seems like you guys are way too obsessed with spy/suspense novels…
I used to get people like you in the used bookstore… always walking in with stained t-shirts and smelling of cats… yech…

Sean
15-10-2002, 20:36:28
Spy novels :confused:?

FunkyFingers
16-10-2002, 08:35:22
Originally posted by monolith94
WTF is Banks? Some kinda author or something?

It seems like you guys are way too obsessed with spy/suspense novels…
I used to get people like you in the used bookstore… always walking in with stained t-shirts and smelling of cats… yech…

It would seem you've not read a single Banks novel then.:hmm:

Funkodrom
16-10-2002, 08:55:55
Originally posted by monolith94
WTF is Banks? Some kinda author or something?

It seems like you guys are way too obsessed with spy/suspense novels…
I used to get people like you in the used bookstore… always walking in with stained t-shirts and smelling of cats… yech…

That was strange, I don't remember talking about that many of them but there they are all together.

FunkyFingers
16-10-2002, 09:22:54
I havent' talked about a single spy novel, have you??

Funkodrom
16-10-2002, 09:24:08
I would say no but evidence is against me.

monolith94
17-10-2002, 07:32:47
OK then, could someone sum up for me the type of stuff Banks writes in 1-5 sentences?

FunkyFingers
17-10-2002, 08:37:45
Iain M Banks - hard Sci-fi, Iain Banks - hard fiction.

SATAN
17-10-2002, 08:51:40
so Iain = Hard
Banks = Fiction
M = Sci

Next stop: Iain M, author of Hard Sci novel Quantum physics masterclass vol 10

monolith94
17-10-2002, 14:52:16
typical of online gamers to like sci-fi… :rolleyes:
;)

Funkodrom
17-10-2002, 15:08:52
Gamers?! I thought we were musicians here...

King_Ghidra
17-10-2002, 15:23:36
that's a delusion you've had for some time

FunkyFingers
17-10-2002, 15:53:34
There will be no gayming here. This is a locals board, for local people.

Noisy
15-01-2003, 23:59:24
Bump!

FunkyFingers
25-01-2003, 09:59:23
i just bought the new Alistair Reynolds book - Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days. Haven't started reading it yet though as I do'nt have my 2 hours a day reading time on the train anymore... There.