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Simon Whild

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (15 of 18)
 

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Use of Weapons (The Culture) by Iain M. Banks
Use of Weapons (The Culture) by Iain M. Banks
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!, 12 April 2012
I've read this book three times - the last time only a few years ago. I think it is Banks' richest Culture novel, but perversely, the least approachable at first, simply due to its apparently bizarre structuring. The first time I read the book, I read it in traditional linear fashion from front to back, but because one story line goes forward and the other backwards, this soon gets confusing, especially with all the mid-chapter flashbacks. After finishing the book for the first time, I found myself wondering "What the hell was that all about?" Flash forward a few years to when I had just moved house, and as I was unpacking my books, Use of Weapons lay there at the top of a pile of other… Read more
Inversions by Iain M. Banks
Inversions by Iain M. Banks
Whilst I have been a huge admirer of Iain M. Banks' books since I first bought a copy of Consider Phlebas back in 1988 whilst on a business trip to Sheffield, I didn't buy Inversions when it first came out. I suppose the main reason was that I didn't really fancy the blurb on the sleeve of the book, especially since my love of Banks' work stems mostly from a love of space opera. And Inversions does not fall into this particular pigeon hole - at all.

However, now that I have my new Kindle, I decided to check out Inversions, and whilst it is far from my favourite Banks work, it is certainly an intriguing novel in that it poses far more questions than it answers. The two… Read more
The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks

I started reading The Algebraist back in 2006, being a consummate devotee of Banks' SF works to date. I thoroughly enjoyed his non-Culture novel Against a Dark Background, so I prepared myself for a similar experience with The Algebraist.

At that time, I'm afraid I put this book down after only reading about twenty-five per cent and didn't feel inclined to pick it up again until now. I think the reason for this was that I then found the book to be very hard going. However, back in '06, I was writing a book of my own (since published in 2008) and I guess I wasn't really in the right mindset for a book of this complexity of narrative and… Read more