Thanks, Tony. I had scanned over the Wikipedia entry earlier, but still wanted an opinion instead of a review. ... From: Tony Williams To:Message 1 of 5 , Nov 6, 2010View SourceThanks, Tony. I had scanned over the Wikipedia entry earlier, but still wanted an opinion instead of a review.----- Original Message -----From: Tony WilliamsSent: Friday, November 05, 2010 6:24 PMSubject: RE: [modernsciencefiction2] The Algebraist and Iain M. Banks
Ann, Ive read quite a few of the Culture books, but mostly quite a long time ago and not systematically (I havent read them in the order written). So although I have several on my shelf I cant give you a considered response in terms of what it would be best to start with. However, if I were starting again Id tackle them in chronological order. Theres a comprehensive Wiki entry on the Culture series including a note on every book, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Culture
One Banks book you need to be wary of (not in the Culture) is Feersum Endjinn. It did win an award and is undoubtedly very clever, but the extensive use of an invented dialect irritated me and its the only book of his I failed to finish.
By the way, I reviewed The Algebraist here: http://sciencefictionfantasy.blogspot.com/2010/06/algebraist-by-iain-m-banks.html
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Ann James
Sent: 05 November 2010 21:04
Subject: [modernsciencefiction2] The Algebraist and Iain M. Banks
Looking over the reads for the past year, the new author I encountered and was most impressed with was Iain M. Banks. Does anyone here recommend another one of his books? Is anyone familiar with his "Culture" novels?