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Gwyneth Jones reviews ‘Matter’ for Strange Horizons

Award-winning author Gwyneth Jones has penned a long, thoughtful and insightful review of Matter, which has been posted online at Strange Horizons. Gwyneth draws intriguing parallels between certain plot elements the new Culture novel and […]

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‘Matter’ reviewed by Nick Ryan for The Daily Express

Nick Ryan has reviewed Matter for UK newspaper The Daily Express. As well as describing Iain as “quite simply, a prodigy”, he concludes his review with a ringing endorsement: “It’s grand, stirring stuff with a […]

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Iain Banks’ ‘The Steep Approach to Garbadale’ reviewed for Readers in the Mist

Via Google Alerts, we learn that ‘Readers in the Mist’, a blog set up to allow for Blue Mountains (New South Wales, Australia) city council libraries members to share news and book reviews, has posted […]

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‘Matter’ reviewed for GlobeandMail.com

Matt Kavanagh dropped us a line to say that his review of Matter has been posted on the Globe and Mail website. Here’s what he said in his introduction: “Named one of the top 50 […]

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Sue Arnold reviews the new audiobook of ‘The Wasp Factory’ for books.Guardian.co.uk

Sue Arnold really likes the new audiobook of Iain’s classic debut novel The Wasp Factory. In her review for books.Guardian.co.uk Sue says: “At last, only 24 years after it was first published, I’ve finally got […]

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Adrienne Martini reviews ‘Matter’ for the Baltimore City Paper

Alongside some familiar musing on Iain’s bemusingly low profile in the US market, reviewer Adrienne Martini says in her piece for the Baltimore City Paper: “Like most other [Iain] M. Banks books, Matter twists in […]

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‘Matter’ reviewed by RJ Barker for SFCrowsNest.com

In a lengthy and detailed review for www.computercrowsnest.com, RJ Barker says: “Dipping back into ‘The Culture’ felt like a joyous return to a long missed and familiar place. Banks has such a clever way with […]

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‘Matter’ review posted on Slashdot

Reviewer Simon DeDeo has posted a review of Matter up on Slashdot. Simon makes a very intriguing point about the underlying ‘Britishness’ of The Culture: “Banks’ prose is free-flowing and liberally dosed with a kind […]

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SFX Book Club: Tom Holt on ‘The Player of Games’

SFX has posted an archive of Book Club articles from the print edition of the magazine, which includes author Tom Holt‘s notes on The Player of Games. Mr Holt sums up the book: “By Banks’s […]

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Donna Bowman reviews ‘Matter’ for The Onion’s AVClub.com

Another terrific review of Matter, this time over at The Onion‘s A.V. Club. Reviewer Donna Bowman really gets under the skin of the novel’s over-arcing plot devices in Matter, concluding that with Matter, our author: […]

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James Lovegrove reviews ‘Matter’ for The Financial Times

Author James Lovegrove was suitably impressed with Matter and said so in his Financial Times review last week. He begins: “When Iain Banks slots the middle initial between his forename and surname, you can expect […]

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Andrew McKie reviews ‘Matter’ for the Telegraph

Andrew McKie sounds like a dyed-in-the-wool Culture fan (good man!) who says, at the conclusion of his Telegraph.co.uk review of Matter: “I have returned repeatedly to the early Culture novels, particularly Consider Phlebas and The […]

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