Search Results: "Iain Banks"


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STONEMOUTH by Iain Banks
Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"Contemporary, hilarious, gritty—yes, this is genre fiction, and no, the genre doesn't get much better than this."
This novel considers the question of how to return home after a long absence, particularly when your ex-fiancee is the eldest daughter of a local crime boss. Read full book review >

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SKINNER'S BANKS by Brad V. Cowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Exciting skating action and easy-to-relate-to issues but too much going on in too little space. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In the second volume of a Canadian trilogy, 12-year-old skateboarder Cale Finch makes a skate video with the Seven Stair Crew, of which he is newly a member. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH BANKS by Patrick O'Brian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An impressive achievement, destined to swell the ranks of O'Brian's already sizable readership."
A finely wrought and fascinating biography from O'Brian, acclaimed author of historical naval adventures (The Truelove, 1992, etc.), who now turns his considerable storytelling talents to the life of Joseph Banks (1743-1820)—explorer, botanist, natural philosopher. Read full book review >

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THE HYDROGEN SONATA by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Sheer delight."
Addition to Banks' wonderful space-opera series (without the middle initial, he also writes impressive mainstream novels) about the far-future galactic Culture (Surface Detail, 2010, etc.), a liberal-anarchic, multispecies civilization guided and sustained, more or less invisibly, by Minds, artificial intelligences that take such physical forms as spaceships and habitats. Read full book review >

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INVERSIONS by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"Atmospheric, ironic, resourceful, and all the parts add up—yet something sets the teeth on edge."
Another book that, despite a June 1998 UK hardcover and a May 1999 UK paperback, the US publishers somehow were unable to convey to Kirkus swiftly enough for a timely pre-publication review. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGE by Iain M. Banks
Released: May 11, 1989

From Scottish writer Banks (Consider Phlebas, 1988; Walking on Glass, 1986), the surreal, often baffling—but always intriguing—story of a man who awakens from a coma into a weird and wonderful world. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGE by Iain M. Banks
Released: May 11, 1989

"Banks makes it deliberately hard to tell dream from reality, but once one stops looking for linear plot developments, this can be read as an entertaining (and rather funny) exercise in examining the subconscious."
From Scottish writer Banks (Consider Phlebas, 1988; Walking on Glass, 1986), the surreal, often baffling—but always intriguing—story of a man who awakens from a coma into a weird and wonderful world. Read full book review >

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A SONG OF STONE by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not for the squeamish, but those looking for a confrontational work will find this a daring, deeply unsettling meditation on the very human face of evil."
A grim, mordant portrait of the corrosive effects of moral corruption and a generalized atmosphere of violence, played out against the brutal background of a Bosnian-style war. Read full book review >

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THE PLAYER OF GAMES by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 22, 1989

"Predictable, certainly, and less imaginative than Phlebas, but technically much more solid: honorably crafted work, often engrossing despite some sluggish patches."
Following Consider Phlebas (1988), another distant-future yarn featuring the Culture—a tolerant, relaxed, moneyless civilization unobtrusively directed by superintelligent machine Minds. Read full book review >

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OUTER BANKS by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"But it won't woo readers who want to see the characters they've been following settle their problems without wild effects and plot tricks."
Yet another southern gothic twister from Siddons—though this time the author edges into the emotionally honest territory of, say, a Gail Godwin, right up until the very end, when she slams the melodramatic gas pedal to the floor. Read full book review >

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LOOK TO WINDWARD by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"By turns imposing, ingenious, whimsical, and wrenching, though too amorphous to fully satisfy."
Another of Banks's far-future Culture yarns (Inversions, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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EXCESSION by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Not Invented Here and Shoot Them Later) don't compensate for the absence of real characters."
From versatile Scottish writer Banks, another sf yarn about the tolerant, diverse, far-future Culture (The Player of Games, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >