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hutch0
Date: 2008-04-10 21:23
Subject: it's....
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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, pray tap the keg, pop the cork, do whatever it is you do with daiquiris, and dance the ancient Dance Of Welcome - long proscribed by the Church of England and certain sections of the Church of Latter Day Saints - for robsoft. Welcome, Rob.
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User: robsoft
Date: 2008-04-11 05:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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'. :-)
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RealThog: 'Ronica
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-11 11:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:'Ronica

"Complicity was quite a good little thriller"

And superbly copy-edited, I've always thought.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-11 20:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did you do Complicity?
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-11 20:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

"Did you do Complicity?"

How the heck did you manage to deduce that?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-11 20:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, I don't know...
Did you?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-11 20:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wasn't so sure about Against A Dark Background, and I'm sorry but I'm someone else who didn't like Whit all that much. I mean, it was okay; it's always fun to read a Banks novel, but it seemed sort of insubstantial. On the other hand, I loved Complicity.
I rather enjoyed The Algebraist (the one with the balloon creatures) but I kept having long periods when I thought it had been written by someone else. I read Dead Air and I can't remember a single thing about it.
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