“All our lives are symbols. Everything we do is part of a pattern we have at least some say in.”
Iain Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish writer and novelist.521 more words
This is my third Iain Banks book and despite his status as a science fiction writer vaguely ringing a bell when I skimmed through the blurb I will admit I was slightly disappointed to realise it was set in a different world with characters from an “alien” species with super intelligent drones in tow; which is admittedly a very close minded reaction. 494 more words
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Why was Adoulla made to bear so big a burden alone? When would others learn to defend themselves from the servants of the Traitorous Angel? What would happen after he was gone?
Okay. Someone told me this was a novel I had to read .. and without delay. I read it. At first I didn’t consider it worth the effort to comment on but then I decided it needed a quick opinionated slam and a whack or two from the critical wasp-swatter that is my somewhat squirrelly mind. 490 more words
Around the time this blog was born, the science fiction world lost a giant. Iain Banks had died, and sentiments flooded the social media landscape. It was a bookmark moment for me, and a reminder of yet another author who I meant to read and never did. 997 more words