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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, […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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