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The Archaeologists’ Guide to Reading the Culture: A Farewell to Iain M. BanksAn Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks

Tom mourns the passing of Iain M. Banks by listing the order he suggests reading his books… Continue reading

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An Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks

Having heard about one of his favorite authors’ imminent demise, Tom reviews all of Iain M. Banks works in his Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks. For a full detail go to Continue reading

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The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 2012)

The Hydrogen Sonata is not Iain M. Banks’ best book, but is a good read for any fan of his Culture series. I suspect, however, that it won’t appeal to people who are not at least somewhat familiar with the Culture and will have no appeal to individuals who don’t like Science Fiction. Continue reading

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The Algebraist, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 2005)

The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. Filled with wonderful descriptions, fantastic aliens, great characterizations, and brilliant prose. Full review http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Look To Windward, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 2000)

Look to Windward is an interesting addition to Iain M. Banks’ Culture series. While it is a stand-alone novel, I doubt one would fully appreciate it unless you have already read a number of his other Culture novels, at very least Consider Phlebas. If you are a fan of Banks’ or the Culture, then this is a must read in the series, but if you’ve never read any of his Science Fiction books, do NOT start with this one. For full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Inversions, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 1998)

Though I don’t feel that Inversions Iain M. Banks’ best work, it is a very good book that can be read as a variety of different subgenres. The actual word-smithing of this novel is amongst the best he has composed, and if you like Speculative Fiction, I think you will enjoy this book. Continue reading

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Excession, Iain M. Banks (Orion, 1996)

Excession is Iain M. Banks’ fourth definitively set in the Culture universe. It is an innovative tale told primarily from the point-of-view of the culture Minds (Hyper AI’s that govern the Culture and most of its various sub-groups), and stands out as one of his best books. Though like all of his books it is a stand-alone novel, it is probably not the best book to start with if you haven’t read a Culture novel before. If you are familiar with his Culture books, however, Excession is a wonderful insight to the inner workings of the most fascinating of Banks’ creations. Continue reading

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