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5) The Steep Approach to Garbadale, by Iain Banks

This was great fun: memories of teenage lust, complex families with long-hidden secrets, games and business connections, and an excuse for the occasional political rant. It reminded me a lot of three of my favourite other Banks books, in particular The Crow Road and The Player of Games, with a certain amount of Whit thrown in as well. I think it's a fair bet that if you liked those ones you will like this as well.

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pgmcc
Nov. 11th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it. I thought it was great fun.
liberaliser
Nov. 11th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
So can I borrow it now? :-P
inulro
Nov. 11th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
I definitely thought it's the best since Crow Road, which is my favourite.
nickbarnes
Nov. 11th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Read this back in the spring; I'm sure I posted something about it but can't find it now. I thought it was more of the same old stuff. You'll like it if it's the sort of thing you like.
I wish Banks would do something new and different, though.
PS: nhw, how do I search your reviews?
nwhyte
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
nhw, how do I search your reviews?

They are all up on LibraryThing!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 11th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
"memories of teenage lust, complex families with long-hidden secrets, games and business connections, and an excuse for the occasional political rant."

If someone just said that to me, and then said "which modern novelist"?", I'm pretty sure I'd answer "Banks" within a few seconds.

That's the problem I have with Banks: he doesn't seem to have had any new ideas since about 1985.


Doug M.
blue_condition
Nov. 11th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
It was a huge return to form after the appalling Dead Air. I think getting away from novels for a while did Banks a world of good. Yes, to some extent it was Banks-by-numbers but it was such a readable and warm book that I could forgive him.

(Actually I could forgive him anything as long as it was better than Dead Air).

angeyja
Nov. 13th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
Good to know. I've only read one Banks so far _Use of Weapons_ and have just started _Player of Games_.
ruthcoleman
Nov. 19th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
The Steep Approach ro Garbadale
I've just read this and liked it a lot, for many of the reasons you suggest
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