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 writers in postwar Britain by The Times of London, Iain Banks boasts the greatest range of any of his contemporaries. Celebrated for his shocking experimental narratives (The Wasp Factory), gripping family sagas (The Crow Road) and witty dissections of life in executive class (The Business), Banks has also mastered the art of the ripping space yarn.
“In Matter, he returns to form – and the Culture – of the far-future, space-faring civilization that is the subject of his best work. Taken as a whole, Banks’s sequence of Culture novels are among the most important science fiction written by anyone, anywhere, in the past 20 years.”
If you want to read the full review you’ll have to cough up a few Canadian dollars. We have asked Matt if he’s posted the full text anywhere else, maybe on a blog or forum, but he hasn’t gotten back to us just yet.