View Poll Results: Which is your personal favourite Iain Banks book so far?

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  • The Wasp Factory

    9 14.29%
  • Walking on Glass

    5 7.94%
  • The Bridge

    12 19.05%
  • Espedair Street

    9 14.29%
  • Canal Dreams

    0 0%
  • The Crow Road

    14 22.22%
  • Complicity

    10 15.87%
  • Whit

    1 1.59%
  • A Song of Stone

    0 0%
  • The Business

    1 1.59%
  • Dead Air

    1 1.59%
  • The Steep Approach to Garbadale

    1 1.59%
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  1. #11
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    I liked "The Steep Approach to Garbadale" a lot, but I'd have to say that "The Crow Road" is my favorite non-M banks novel I've read so far. Working on "The Wasp Factory" but finding it a little inaccessible so far. I started on "Walking on Glass" as well but haven't progressed beyond the second chapter yet.
    ...and whistled for a baboon!

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    With walking on Glass you've basically got 3 seperate stories.
    Story one chapters - 1, 4, 7 etc
    Story two chapters - 2, 5, 8 etc
    Story three chapters - 3, 6, 9 etc

    Story 3 is brilliant
    "Just have fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Black View Post
    Ahh so you haven't read Canal Dreams yet then
    No, no I haven't

    After perusing this thread, The Bridge is next on the list.

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    Walking on Glass for me. I liked the 3 divergent storylines. However, I have yet to read The Bridge which is widely regarded as one of Banksie's best.

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    Certainly by those of us who favour the SF side of things anyway
    "Just have fun"

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    All of you read the Bridge as it's part of our Banksie Book Club list. BBC, see what I did there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Black View Post
    With walking on Glass you've basically got 3 seperate stories.
    Story one chapters - 1, 4, 7 etc
    Story two chapters - 2, 5, 8 etc
    Story three chapters - 3, 6, 9 etc

    Story 3 is brilliant
    The first time I read "Walking on Glass" I was disappointed - too clever by half was my reaction. But obviously this is my problem not the author's, so I'm trying again four years later, though I haven't yet finished it.

    On re-reading the book it's Strand 2 (Grout) that I'm finding the most amusing part at present, partly because it now reminds me of one of Will Self's nuttier stories. ("Walking on Glass" pre-dates any of Self's books, I'm sure).

    Strand 3 (Quiss) is already fascinating and I remember that this develops in a very interesting way later on - a story about a castle made of bricks made of books. Wow - this is like having "THIS IS A METAPHOR" in large type at the top of every page.

    But Strand 1 (Park) seems a bit wet even second time round. I hope that I'll get more enthusiastic about this as I get deeper into the book. Incidentally, I happen to know the streets described in the narrative very well, as I used to work in an office on Rosebery Avenue. What do other readers do to follow this? Get out a London A-Z, perhaps?

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    New to the forum, so bear with me if I make a hash of it........
    started with Wasp Factory just after it was published, and after reading it 3 times, and taping a few pages together so I would never read a particular bit again without warning, I was fully hooked. Complicity is top for me, followed by Whit and Espedair Street, both for their humour and being local (at one time). The Bridge is up there too, but in a different dimension. Crow Road......Walking on Glass, Garbadale.... I have changed my favourite so many times. Do I have to choose?
    Last edited by Cornerhouse; 13-07-2009 at 01:18 PM. Reason: smelling pisstakes

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    Do I have to choose?
    Yes

    But really - Welcome Cornerhouse, you didn't make a hash of it, good job.
    "Just have fun"

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    We're probably going to need to reset this poll when Transition comes out, just in case those who have already voted have a new favourite. Or close this and start a new one.

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