|Iain Banks, 1954-2013|
I don't feel comfortable saying that I enjoyed Banks' books (after all nobody wants to sound as if they're a twisted pervert), but I read all the Iain M Banks books and a few of the 'straight' novels. It would be difficult to pick a favorite - Use of Weapons, The Player of Games, Inversions and Look to Windward stand out for me.
He was a master of imagination, with the power to write scenes that stick with you years afterwards (the cannibal-cult in Consider Phelbas or practically anything from Surface Detail were particularly memorable in a disturbing way. I think the Daily Telegraph's description sums it up sums it up -
Novelist of hallucinatory brilliance who attracted notoriety with his grotesque and bizarre tales
And by all accounts he was a very nice guy. I recommend you read the excellent obit here.
What I've been reading this week...
From the sublime to the ridiculous... Sometimes you need a bit of guff with cardboard-thin characterization. I started reading Jack Chambers, Lost Fleet: Dauntless.
What I've bought this week...
Annie Tyler, The Amateur Marriage - 50p
James Risk, Henry Pownall, David Stanley & John Tamplin, Royal Service: Vol II - £6.50
David Stanley, Royal Service: Vol III - £4.50
John Van Der Kiste, The Georgian Princesses - £1.00