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PostSubject: My Iain Banks interview   Fri May 22, 2009 4:51 pm

In case I forgot to link it:

http://www.nickryan.net/articles/banks.html
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PostSubject: Re: My Iain Banks interview   Fri May 22, 2009 5:07 pm

Finished reading, to be honest never heard of him or any of his books, I mostly read classics instead of newer writers but if you want my opinion about the interview - you managed to raise my interests and at some points make me laugh.

Well done Nick.

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PostSubject: Re: My Iain Banks interview   Fri May 22, 2009 5:10 pm

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Finished reading, to be honest never heard of him or any of his books, I mostly read classics instead of newer writers but if you want my opinion about the interview - you managed to raise my interests and at some points make me laugh.

Well done Nick.

He is worth reading, Ilian. Very well worth reading.
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PostSubject: Re: My Iain Banks interview   Fri May 22, 2009 5:14 pm

I wrote down some of the titles you mentioned in that article, I will maybe have a look and see what I can find and read, again I hope there will be more time for me for such things Razz

I have recently re-read LoTR and this time in original - English. So therefore am looking for some sci-fi and training my languages, I am going to need it.

P.S: Going to work for the summer as tour guide probably.

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PostSubject: Re: My Iain Banks interview   Fri May 22, 2009 5:27 pm

Excession is still his best book, I have read it so many times it has fallen to bits.
Look to Windward is probably a very close second in his Culture books.
Quality, I recommend them both.
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PostSubject: Re: My Iain Banks interview   Fri May 22, 2009 5:28 pm

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Excession is still his best book, I have read it so many times it has fallen to bits.
Look to Windward is probably a very close second in his Culture books.
Quality, I recommend them both.

Do you read his 'mainstream' stuff too, Vex?
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PostSubject: Re: My Iain Banks interview   Fri May 22, 2009 5:30 pm

Nope, I seem to recall trying to read wasp factory once but I didn't like it.
But I can't remember why.
Was like 15 years ago... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My Iain Banks interview   Fri May 22, 2009 5:38 pm

nice interveiw Nick Very Happy

I'd agree that Excession is his best work but i prefer Feersum Enjin to Look to Windward (though i do like that one too) and personally, i found the Algebraist a better book by far than Matter despite it not being a 'culture' novel.

My first experience of Banks was the wasp factory, i think i'd just left school and i saw one of my mates reading it and i borrowed it...the next day i'd finished it and was asking her if she had any more of his work. Still, the only other of his non-sci fi books i really got into was complicity so i guess i should give some of his others a try Smile

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PostSubject: Re: My Iain Banks interview   Fri May 22, 2009 5:52 pm

Thanks -- I know it's not one of my "literary" works per se, but I thought the subject matter would be of interest Smile
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