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Master Geek
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Topic # 119694 10-Jun-2013 19:29
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Hi all,

You may have seen the news that Iain (M) Banks died after his short battle with cancer.

I'm a big fan of his Culture books so find this very sad, he was only 59.

I think I might go and dig out my copy of Use of Weapons ...

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  Reply # 833739 10-Jun-2013 19:56
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Yep very sad, was only a couple of months ago he announced he was unwell.
I'm currently 4 books through the Culture, having read a couple previously too. It's good stuff.


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  Reply # 834063 11-Jun-2013 11:37
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Indeed. He quickly shot into my top five authors of all time.

Surface detail is my favourite culture novel, and the following paragraph is just one of the gems inside (apologies for the language - I have asterisked to tone down):

"It’s looking clearer and clearer there’s going to be some heavy f***ing messing hereabouts very shortly and that’s precisely what I’m built for. I’m going to get to strut my stuff, I’m going to get to be me, girlie. I tell you, I can’t f***ing wait…. I am a warship. This is in my nature; this is what I’m designed and built for…. I was fully expecting to spend my operational life twiddling my metaphorical thumbs in the middle of empty nowhere, ensuring sensible behaviour amongst the rolling boil of fractious civs just by my presence and that of my peers, keeping the peace through the threat of the sheer pandemonium that would result if anybody resurrected the idea of war as a dispute-resolution procedure…. Now some sense-forsaken f***wit with a death wish has done just that and I strongly suspect I shortly get a chance to shine, baby!"

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