|2008-04-11 05:16 (UTC)
Oh, by the way - got the 'link'.
It was (I'm fairly sure) a reference to a Shannon Matthews mumbling, that led to have a quick look the other lunchtime, and then I caught your mention of Iain (optional M) Banks.
Banks is one of my favourite authors too; I think probably Consider Phlebas and Against A Dark Background are my favourite 'M.' books, and either Espedair Street or Crow Road as my favourite 'no M.' books. I really like Whit too, though I've yet to meet anyone else who found it quite as amusing as I did/do. Perhaps it's me, then.
Haven't read the one you were discussing though I picked it up cheap with some kind of newspaper the other week and it's "on my pile." I was perhaps just 'whelmed' by his last couple (that I know of) - the sci-fi one about the giant gas/balloon creatures was just dull really and the 'Dead Air' none sci-fi one was above average but not especially so.
The first one I read was, of course, The Wasp Factory and like you I've been something of a fan ever since. Complicity was quite a good little thriller, and The Bridge was quite clever. I thought Feersum Enjinn was great fun (at the time, but then I thought Neuromancer was mindblowing too, at the time, so keep that as a point of reference) and I must confess that I quite enjoyed the one which consists largely of communications between Culture AIs (Excession?). Again though, I seem to be the only one there - I have friends who read his books and think that particular one is awful.
To be fair, I think they're all quite worth reading. Even 'The Business' and 'A Song Of Stone'. :-)