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Surface Detail Debated by the Scotsman Book Club

Iain Banks’ latest Culture novel, Surface Detail, was the subject matter of the Scotsman Book Club last month. Five readers, two of whom (including a former editor of 2000AD) had never encountered a Culture novel before, discuss their reactions over at www.scotsman.com.

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Lisa Tuttle reviews Surface Detail for the Sunday Times

The October 9th The Times carried a review of brand new Culture novel Surface Detail by Lisa Tuttle, who said: “Banks’’ability to combine humour and horror, the cosmic and the human, as he builds an action-packed story on a moral framework, as well as his wonderfully original characters and, of course, the lavish descriptions of […]

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A Few Early Reviews of Iain M Banks’ Surface Detail

With the publication of Surface Detail just over the horizon (UK: Oct 7th, US: Oct 28th) a few early reviews have started to appear. SFX Magazine said that Surface Detail is “…one of the most entertaining Culture novels for a long time”. Sci-Fi Now Magazine said: “Famed for his profoundly dark and intelligent humour, Iain […]

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Transition by Iain [M] Banks – reviews round-up

A new Iain [M] Banks book is always going to generate plenty of review coverage and conversation around the blogosphere and Transition, with its blend of literary and sf-nal tropes and themes, has certainly carried on that trend. Here’s a round-up of some of the pieces of online coverage that have caught our eye in […]

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Doug Johnstone reviews Transition for The Independent

This Sunday’s edition of The Independent (UK) included a review of Transition by Doug Johnstone, who gave the new novel a hearth thumbs-up. Doug concluded by saying: “Transition is a book that makes you think, one that makes you look at the world around you in a different light, and it’s also a properly thrilling […]

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Transition reviewed by Naomi Alderman for Prospect Magazine

There’s an early review for the new Iain Banks novel, Transition in the August 2009 edition of Prospect Magazine. Unfortunately you can’t read the full piece on the Prospect website unless you’re a magazine subscriber, but the first couple of paragraphs are available and non-subscribers can take it from us that the rest of the […]

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More reviews, Q&A II on the way…

We’re just putting the finishing touches to the next Iain Banks Q&A session and are hoping to post that later today. But in the meantime, here are a few more recently-posted reviews of two Banks classics: Hungarian webzine Ekultura has posted Bors Csaba’s review of The Player of Games (the link is to an English […]

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John Mullan on readers’ responses to ‘The Wasp Factory’

Over at The Guardian Online John Mullan presents a summary of the recent Wasp Factory discussion panel, which was held in London and featured a live panel discussion with Iain Banks on the subject of the many and varied interpretations of and reactions to his debut novel. The general conclusion was that the book isn’t […]

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Iain Banks on ‘The Wasp Factory’ in The Guardian

The Guardian has posted Iain’s own take on the background to his breakthrough novel The Wasp Factory over at books.guardian.co.uk. In the article we learn that The Wasp Factory was Iain’s sixth completed novel, and that at the time he regarded it as something of a step-backwards from his dream of becoming a published science […]

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Iain Banks’ ‘The Wasp Factory’ to feature in The Guardian

Over the next four weekends, starting on June 28, John Mullan – professor of English at University College London – will be discussing Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory for the Guardian Book Club. Iain will also write a response piece, which will be published on July 12. We’ll bring you links to any online content […]

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‘Matter’ reviewed for Wired.com’s GeekDad blog

Over at blog.wired.com/geekdad/, reviewer John Baichtal takes a look at Matter and definitely likes what he sees: “By the time I’d read fifty pages, not only was I hooked, but I was sure Matter was this year’s Hugo award winner.” Well, I think that’s the sort of sentiment we can all get behind. But wait, […]

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Bloomer, Harrison, McCalmont and Raven on ‘Matter’

Four of the UK’s top genre bloggers / reviewers / commentators – James Bloomer, Niall Harrison, Jonathan MacCalmont and Paul Raven – have been holding a round-robin discussion of the latest Iain Banks Culture novel, Matter. The team-review starts with a general over view of Iain Banks’ place in the respective reviewer’s hearts and libraries […]

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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 a certain ring-themed classic of the fantasy genre and also makes some interesting observations on the nature of Space Opera […]

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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 hint of the space opera to it. A more than welcome return of the master of sci-fi.” Read Nick’s full […]

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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 a short but concise review of The Steep Approach to Garbadale by contributor Vikci (‘Alba’), who says: “Alban’s story unfolds […]

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