Waterstones The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks

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Description: This book presents a history of Iain M. Banks' Culture series from its inception in the mid-1970s to the last novel, The Hydrogen Sonata, which was published less than a year before Banks' death. Included in this history are Banks' origins as a writer, the development of his political and ethical thinking, his struggles to become a published author, his eventual success in 1984 with The Wasp Factory, and the publication of the first Culture novel--Consider Phlebas--in 1987. Also included are his 1994 essay A Few Notes on the Culture, the range of critical responses to the ten Culture books Banks published in his lifetime, and the current consensus regarding the series' status as utopian literature. Banks was a complex man, both in his everyday life and on the page, and this work aims at understanding the Culture series not only as a fundamental contribution to SF in general and space opera in particular, but also as a product of its creator's responses to the turbulent times he shared with the rest of us. Waterstones The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: MrH

Rating: 5

Review: First time reading something that goes into the nuts and bolts like this. Ended up really enjoying it. Insights into the plots, influences of Bank's writing and watching the development of the Culture universe through the series of books all excellent...

 

Author: Henry

Rating: 4

Review: This is a pretty good overview of the series and the secondary literature about it. Caroti goes through all the books, with (perhaps unnecessarily long) plot summaries of each preceding the analysis. The analyses are well pitched between the academic and readable ends of the spectrum. The earlier books are covered in more detail: this could be justified by the fact that themes from these recur later, but I did think that the last three novels in particular were a little short-changed. There are also a few linguistic howlers (e.g. confusion of 'ensure' and 'assure'), but these don't significantly detract from enjoyment of the work.

 

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