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    I've enjoyed several Iain M. Banks SF books. He always has such complex ideas and subtle systems undergirding his worlds.

    Of his non-SF, The Crow Road is very good. But the best Iain Banks I've read is The Bridge.

    A man is lying in a hospital bed, after a near fatal accident. Most of the book takes place in the liminal dream world he's exploring, looking for answers to his life's questions, trying to integrate broken aspects of himself. He's trapped between living and dying, on a strange and ever-extending bridge, where people and things symbolize the qualities of his life so far, where everything resonates but nothing is spelled out.

    The author has said that of the novels he has written, this is his personal favourite. "Definitely the intellectual of the family, it's the one that went away to University and got a first. I think The Bridge is the best of my books."

    Kafkaesque and multi-layered, it is probably the non-SF Banks novel with most in common with his Culture books. There is even mention of a knife missile late in the book. Banks has said that after this book, he felt his SF and non-SF work diverged.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 02:45:11 AM PDT

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