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Oct 06, 2015 01:21PM

48322 I just didn't like the way it was written.

what didn't you like about that? boring prose? I haven't read it. I don't have much interest in reading it (although I do want to see the movie) but I do feel like I should read it, for some reason.
Oct 02, 2015 12:50PM

48322 Hello everyone and welcome to the next book in our series read of Iain M. Banks' Culture series: Inversions.

first published in 1998. Banks has said "Inversions was an attempt to write a Culture novel that wasn't."
Sep 15, 2015 01:50PM

48322 definitely agree with your thoughts on The Affront. so over the top and surprisingly fun caricature of a warlike culture.
Sep 06, 2015 02:47PM

48322 I'm looking forward to reading it too, just need to find a copy. Amazon has plenty of copies but that's my last resort.
Sep 04, 2015 03:32PM

48322 Hi everyone and welcome to the actual next book in our series read of Iain M. Banks' The Culture: Excession.

so if your favorite part about this series are the AIs, and in particular those Culture Minds that often house themselves in deadly and/or gigantic ships with droll and whimsical names such as "Of Course I Still Love You" and "Meatfucker"... then this is The Culture novel for you! it is all Minds, all the time. with some Affront and an Outside Context Problem thrown in to make things interesting.

Sep 04, 2015 03:16PM


ok, so The State of the Art is actually not the series read book of the month. as Maggie has mentioned, this book is apparently not easy to find. I've checked on Amazon, and it doesn't look like it is on Kindle either. the book this month is #5 in the series: Excession. a thread will go up shortly.

we'll keep this thread up in case completists like myself still want to read this and comment about it.
Sep 04, 2015 02:30PM

48322 Hello everyone and welcome to our next book in our series read of Iain M. Banks' Culture series.

The State of the Art is a short story collection published in 1991. from my vague understanding of the book, it mixes Culture stories with non-Culture stories. the title piece is a 100-page novella taking place within the Culture. I assume the short story "A Gift from the Culture" also takes place within the Culture. as far as the rest of the stories... well I guess I will just have to find that out on my own!
Aug 25, 2015 04:22PM

48322 Cordwainer Smith! love seeing him mentioned
Aug 21, 2015 03:51PM

48322 October - Alexa
December - Dan
February - Linda
April - Rion
June - Tad
Aug 21, 2015 11:36AM

48322 great, looks like you'll be on for April!
Aug 07, 2015 03:16PM

48322 I'm quite surprised about so many of the thoughts on this thread. PKD, Bradbury, Dune in particular.
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Aug 07, 2015 03:04PM

48322 all of WKW's films are so subtle, emotionally rich, and just beautiful to look at. one of my favorite directors.
Aug 05, 2015 01:31PM

48322 The implicit part of this thread's title is noted in italics: "Authors or Books I Dislike or Who I Personally Feel Are Overrated Because We All Can Have Opinions on Authors or Books that We Think Are Overrated
Aug 02, 2015 11:30AM

48322 Packi wrote: "I'm going out on a limb here and argue that there hasn’t been a single regime change intervention in human history with the intention to better peoples lives. It has always been about natural resou..."

agree, and well said.

the international community has often been understandably up in arms over repulsive policies like apartheid or the subjugation of women or the criminalization of homosexuality. but in those case "up in arms" translates into economic sanctions - at best - rather than regime change.
Jul 24, 2015 03:05PM

48322 Excellent description of my favorite part of the novel and why it was specifically my favorite.
Jul 21, 2015 12:24PM

48322 I also don't know if I'd consider Gurgeh "empty" at the end. distant and shell-shocked but not empty.
Jul 21, 2015 12:24PM

48322 I think it was a combination of things:

- resentment at being manipulated
- tension between having liked aspects of the Empire while realizing the Empire was also corrupt
- the low that comes after a really great high (specifically, that long passage describing how he felt he was truly connecting with the Regent Emperor during their penultimate game)
- the realization that the Regent Emperor was having a completely different experience than he was having
- knowing that a culture that he was briefly a part of is being changed forever
- shell shock at all of the slaughter and the future slaughter to come (due to revolution)
Jul 20, 2015 05:51PM

48322 I really love the idea of this thread.

a few that made me feel that way:

Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne Valente
Malignos by Richard Calder
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
"Scanners Live in Vain" by Cordwainer Smith
Jul 20, 2015 05:48PM

48322 Packi wrote: "From what I've read of the Culture novels, the endings are usually kind of a let down, but only if you expect something more glorious...."

well said! agree completely.

I finished re-reading this one last week. loved it. I think I appreciated it even more the second time around. that dry wit! and the palpable anger at injustice and brutality.
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Jul 17, 2015 12:49PM

48322 some great ones on that list. I love 2046, Altered States, and These Are the Damned.

I also love Repo Man, Dark Star, and La Jetee, although I'd disagree with the blog that they are underappreciated.

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