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    Can anyone recommend authors for "if you like Iain Banks"

    Someone asked me yesterday.

    As an SF I can recommend loads for if you like "M" Banks, but I really know no others for if you like plain non"M"s

    Any ideas people...?
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    what's Peter F Hamilton like?

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    If you like Non-M, read Lanark by Alasdair Gray

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Leaper View Post
    what's Peter F Hamilton like?
    Based upon my reading of The Reality Dysfunction, highly feckin' over-rated.
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    Personally I liked "The Reality Dysfunction", how ever it is very SF & as such not a good recommendation for people who like non"M" bank.

    "Lanark" by Alasdair Gray is an interesting suggestion, from what I know of it there are some fantasy elements, but no overt SF.
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    How about Christopher Priest as an extension for non-M fans? Some of his early books (from the 60s and 70s)are more-or-less SF but more recent ones are mainstream with an occasional dash of fantasy, faintly similar in approach to The Bridge. I haven't read them all yet, but The Separation, The Affirmation and The Prestige are all worthwhile.

    I'd also recommend some Martin Amis, e.g. London Fields and some Will Self, e.g. Great Apes, though I prefer his short stories to his novels and I am sometimes fazed by the high level of weirdness in some of Self's books. General feeling of "I wouldn't like to be inside this guy's head for very long."
    Why don't you go away and read some books?

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    Hiroku Murakami. Japanese writer that also 'de normalises' the normal
    "It is part of the culture of my tribe."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 198505 View Post
    Hiroku Murakami. Japanese writer that also 'de normalises' the normal
    definitely amazing writer (actually spelled Haruki Murakami) best books 'The Wind Up Bird Chronicle' and 'Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World'

    an incredibly addictive writer

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedKing View Post
    Based upon my reading of The Reality Dysfunction, highly feckin' over-rated.
    sacrilege, .
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    Alasdair Gray, definitely. I'd also recommend Will Self, Joseph Heller, Mikhail Bulgakov and Donna Tartt.

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