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message 1: by 7jane (new)

7jane Are you planning to read the "Hydrogen Sonata" also? It looks like a good ending book for this series ;)


message 2: by Apatt (new)

Apatt 7jane wrote: "Are you planning to read the "Hydrogen Sonata" also? It looks like a good ending book for this series ;)"

Yeah, eventually, may be Windward first :)


message 3: by 7jane (new)

7jane Apatt wrote: "7jane wrote: "Are you planning to read the "Hydrogen Sonata" also? It looks like a good ending book for this series ;)"

Yeah, eventually, may be Windward first :)"


*nods* An earlier book; I remember liking it, though don't ask me why because it's been some time. But good enough to own a copy 8)


message 4: by Apatt (new)

Apatt 7jane wrote: "Apatt wrote: "7jane wrote: "Are you planning to read the "Hydrogen Sonata" also? It looks like a good ending book for this series ;)"

Yeah, eventually, may be Windward first :)"

*nods* An earlier..."


Have you read all the Culture books? I heard Matter is the worst one is it true? I don't really like Use of Weapons I thought the structure of the narrative was too gimmicky and confusing. Banks liked to experiment though.


message 5: by 7jane (new)

7jane Apatt wrote: "7jane wrote: "Apatt wrote: "7jane wrote: "Are you planning to read the "Hydrogen Sonata" also? It looks like a good ending book for this series ;)"

Yeah, eventually, may be Windward first :)"

*no..."


Surface Detail and Hydrogen Sonata are the only two scifi-Banks books I haven't read yet. More books unread on the non-scifi side, less available in the library here, probably will buy eventually...

I skimmed Matter a bit, and decided to pass that - seemed like something I wouldn't be interestetd in. Didn't like Use Of Weapons either, nor The Algebraist. Not all Banks's books are to my liking, but I can say that his scifi side has less books that I didn't like/care about. But I haven't (tried to) read all his non-scifi books, yet :)


message 6: by Apatt (new)

Apatt 7jane wrote: "Apatt wrote: "7jane wrote: "Apatt wrote: "7jane wrote: "Are you planning to read the "Hydrogen Sonata" also? It looks like a good ending book for this series ;)"

Yeah, eventually, may be Windward ..."


Gawd I kinda hate The Algebraist. though I didn't want to say that in my review, especially as I read it shortly after he died and I thought I'd write a nice review as a tribute, I didn't expect to dislike the book!


message 7: by Frank (new)

Frank I can recommend "Look to Winward". It was the last of his Culture books that I really enjoyed. Excession is also fantastic.

Funny with Algebraist, I also got stuck in it about half way through several years ago. There were interesting parts of it, but so much of it seemed irrelevant or slow moving.

Apatt, reading your review of Surface Detail, reminded me of the parts that I really did like about the book. I thought it started really well and the exploration of the Hells was fascinating, but there were draggy parts along the way. 3.5 would probably have been a more reasonable rating.

I have hesitated about Matter as well -- it is the only culture book I have still to read. Please read it first Apatt, then I can decide later ;-).

Of his non SF books, I have only read The Business, which I really enjoyed. It has a very plausible, but unusual setting in today's world, and it has a quite fast moving plot with some interesting and unexpected turns along the way.


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