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Postby mystmoon » Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:54 pm

Danny B wrote: Finally, the author of a tiny series of novels that no-one has ever heard of, where a girl with a terminal lack of charisma gets stalked by a sparkly vampire 90 years her senior. Who still goes to high school. And chases sixteen year old girls. And breaks into their houses to watch them sleep. And destroys their self esteem with passive-aggresive comments, before carefully isolating them from their peer groups, just like abusive partners do. You probably haven't heard of it. :wink:


Send this to my twi-hard sister. Her reply? She isn't sixteen! I worry about her, I really do
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Postby bikkit » Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:52 am

:lol: you summed it up perfectly.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:50 am

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Danny B wrote: Finally, the author of a tiny series of novels that no-one has ever heard of, where a girl with a terminal lack of charisma gets stalked by a sparkly vampire 90 years her senior. Who still goes to high school. And chases sixteen year old girls. And breaks into their houses to watch them sleep. And destroys their self esteem with passive-aggresive comments, before carefully isolating them from their peer groups, just like abusive partners do. You probably haven't heard of it. :wink:


Send this to my twi-hard sister. Her reply? She isn't sixteen! I worry about her, I really do

Especially as Danny's a guy! PMSL :twisted:
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Postby bikkit » Sun Jun 20, 2010 1:23 pm

Oh god. Poor him.
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Postby mystmoon » Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:07 pm

No, she meant Bella isn't sixteen
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Postby Antiq » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:18 pm

I loooovvve Iain M Banks!! I've read most of his books, both SciFi and standard. I prefer the sci-fi by far, and The Player of Games, The Algebraist and Feersum Endjin are probably my favourites.
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Postby pip » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:44 pm

Found it hard to get into the scifi but love the other books.

The wasp factory and Song of Stone would be amongst my favourite books.
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Postby Dotsie » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:02 pm

Wasp Factory, aargh! The scifi ones mentioned above are really good. But my favourite is Whit - Pooh read it, and said he liked it.
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Postby Beyond Birthday » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:33 pm

I have a hardback copy of Transition but I'm a little worried it might be preachy (you know, 9/11). I've had it for awhile now. Is it preachy? Also, how is Feersum Enjinn? That's the one I really want.
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:45 pm

My favorite Banks book is The Business. :)
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Postby Antiq » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:38 pm

Beyond Birthday wrote:I have a hardback copy of Transition but I'm a little worried it might be preachy (you know, 9/11). I've had it for awhile now. Is it preachy? Also, how is Feersum Enjinn? That's the one I really want.

Excellent. You might take a couple of chapters of Bascule's style to get used to it - you'll see what I mean - but when you do it's great. He's the most endearing character I have come across in any of Banks' books. Banks doesn't really do endearing most of the time :lol:
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Postby Dotsie » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:50 am

Beyond Birthday wrote:I have a hardback copy of Transition but I'm a little worried it might be preachy (you know, 9/11).


Actually I've had it for a while myself, and haven't got round to it yet. Let me know how it goes :wink:

Feersum Endjin is good, this is the one with Bascule in it. If you can understand the title, you won't have too much trouble with the prose!
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Postby The Mad Collector » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:10 pm

I was just irritated by Feersum Endjin the first time I read it but eventually came to sort of like it. I much prefer his other books especially The Player of Games and The Algebraist. Waiting for Surface Detail to come out in paperback
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Postby Antiq » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:22 am

The Mad Collector wrote:I was just irritated by Feersum Endjin the first time I read it but eventually came to sort of like it. I much prefer his other books especially The Player of Games and The Algebraist. Waiting for Surface Detail to come out in paperback

I can understand that, but I'm so use to reading leet speak by now that I didn't find it too much trouble, I really enjoyed it in fact. I have to agree about The Algebraist, that was stunning!
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Postby pip » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:28 am

Antiq, with your love of Iain Banks and Frequenting Chapters did you happen to make the reading and signing session there earlier this year.
It was fantastic. :D
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