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    And another one for Transition in the TLS
    http://entertainment.timesonline.co....cle6855138.ece

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    Link dunee wark
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    Default Transition...wish I had before buying!

    Having purchased all Ian's books (none Sci FI) I had forged my relationship with the author early doors.

    I tried Consider Phlebas at my own risk. It didn't work for me - sorry I just don't like Sci Fi (does not make me a bad person)....

    So my path was made clear - if it say Ian Banks I buy it, If it says Ian M Banks it stays on the shelves.

    So imagine how "pleased" I was with the latest offering. Sorry Little Brown but you cheated me, there is no M on the cover!

    This book seemed to me mixed between The Tomorrow People, Doctor Who and 1984 - all based on principles I just don't want to be bothered with. I can't suspend my disbelief.

    I would normally devour a Bank's novel in a few days, I spent three weeks on this tosh! It really is not for me...

    What makes me feel cheated (and I don't think that is too strong a word) was the letter M missing on the packaging) Is that there was no clue to a change of policy.

    Now some smart arsed marketing manager may well decide to migrate his audience across, if so I look forwards to the next Ian M book featuring a Tortured Scott Cello player living an urban existence in 1980ís Islington. (see how you like those Apples Sci Fi buffs)

    I donít want to transitioned I like his novels, but not his Sci FiÖso leave me with what I like!!

    I was misled, disappointed...and would welcome a refund. I do not want to keep this book with my previous collection.

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    Hi there Garry. So I'm getting the impression that you're not keen on the new novel?

    To be fair to the marketing people this is a non"M" book, it's just that Iain chose to include some SF elements - kind of along the same lines as "The Bridge" (did you like that one). His next novel will be an "M" with aliens & space ships etc.

    If you were American then you would have avoided this problem as it was brought out under the Iain "M" Banks name over there.

    Ohh & (pedantic mode) - I notice you spell Iain's name "Ian" in your above post
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    Transition is reviewed in the latest Private Eye #1247.
    Surprise! They didn't like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearfulSymmetry View Post
    The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009...ks-book-review

    He doesn't like it and it's very spoilery (like major plot twists that occur well into the book)
    Ugh.. that was a terrible "review"! That guy went out of his way to misrepresent the book. If I search for the reviewer on Guardian, I get children's book reviews.... hmmm. Snub by the Guardian anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rac View Post
    Transition is reviewed in the latest Private Eye #1247.
    Surprise! They didn't like it!
    "..a clever and slightly troubling meditation from a man who clearly can't wait to get back to the Dungeons and Dragons console for some really hot action".

    What bollocks. We all know TMH prefers Civilisation...

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    Heh, eh'ness. What an eh'ness remark.
    Drink, but very carefully...

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    Nothing wrong with a bit of eh?ness
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