2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Too many causes spoil the rebel,
This review is from: Dead Air (Hardcover)
No, no, no! For the record, I have a real soft spot for Iain Banks, but I don't know what's going on with this book. Some reviews and interviews stated that the book was written in record time for the author; to me, it shows. Banks has written some great dialogue over the years, but I defy anyone to find me a person who speaks like the people in this book, or who even holds internal dialogue like the main protagonist. It's not a bad book, don't get me wrong; but it's just too inconsistent and scattershot. The political rants are just too mild; if the author had wanted to vent through the character (nothing wrong with that), why not give it some bile at what's getting him down most rather than flicking rubber bands at too many targets?
It's so strange; the further into fantasy Banks goes, the more he says about real life and it's ideas; when he's got a real ongoing situation and the perfect mouthpiece to explore it, he doesn't. But, maybe he's got a nervous editor at the publishers, and these are days when it's better not to stick your head above the parapet...