Oct 15, 2010

Just read: Transition, by Iain (not M.?) Banks

Here starts the list of the last books I've read. No masterpiece to be found among them but a bit of fun and some surprises garantized. Let's see them and remember them although they're not staying home with me and a long journey to the public library awaits them:

Iain Banks - Transition

The absence of the middle initial M in Iain Banks' name on the front cover suggests that Transition is being sold by his publisher as one of the author's mainstream works, as opposed to his equally successful science-fiction books.
In fact, this 24th novel from the critically and commercially successful writer makes that distinction almost completely obsolete, its complex and wildly imaginative storyline ostensibly set on Earth, but infused with such mind-boggling phenomena as to make that setting seem stranger than any alien planet.
The critics to review Scottish novelist Iain Banks’ new novel Transition can’t agree on whether the book is a masterpiece or a hunk of junk but I've had a lot of fun with it, although it's not a simple one to read, needs attention and patience. Banks creates here an universe of infinite different but related worlds, giving his mind free rein to create and describe all sorts of weird and wonderful alternatives to our society. Although the rapid changes of perspective often become frustrating and confusing, this is also a properly thrilling read. Well, as a matter of fact, perhaps I'll manage to find some place left in a shelf for this one.

"A world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse, such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organisation with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers? On the Concern’s books are Temudjin Oh, an un-killable assassin who journeys between the peaks of Nepal, a version of Victorian London and the dark palaces of Venice; and a nameless, faceless torturer known only as the Philosopher.
And then there’s the renegade Mrs Mulverhill, who recruits rebels to her side; and Patient 8262, hiding out from a dirty past in a forgotten hospital ward. As these vivid, strange and sensuous worlds circle and collide, the implications of turning traitor to the Concern become horribly apparent, and an unstable universe is set on a dizzying course."

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  1. Hey honey, wellcome back. I'm so sorry for you loss. Kisses from the crazy lot, u always can count on us, hope u know u stubborn lady. Well, changing the subject and as far as Transition is concerned, I've tried to read this one, sweetie, I swear, but I have not been able to go from the 10th page on, not my kind of book, I guess. Never knew where I was or what was happening. Turn again to good and simple and reliably fantasy, sugarpuffs, please don't make me read these boring things again :)))

  2. I endorse every statement by the brute above :-P
    Change that nick, for the love of gods, Choppie, it's ridiculous, shame on you. Kisses Ron, and strength and courage. Love you.

  3. This is weird, you know? Meeting here again like in old times, exchanging mails and talking about books as if no time at all had passed. This book is strange and keeps you hooked but sometimes you're lost and other times it catchs you and othe times you have to read again the last ten pages because you know suddenly that you missed something. So much effort and finally I didn't like the end so it's kind of frustrating if you know what I mean. Big hug, Ron.

  4. Thanks to all, guys and lady. Back in the trenches, squad. Tough battle but still standing. With the help of my friends, like in the song. Seriously damaged exoskelton and stuff but nothing a good mechanic cannot fix... and you know I've got myself the best one ever!.


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