and that's from someone who has never managed to finish one of his SF novels!!!
It's not just me then!.....I have tried with Surface Detail and Matter (which I did just finish) but I just could not properly engage with them. Once I've finished his 'normal' fiction I'll give the culture novels another go I think.
I'd say you're starting in the wrong place, go back to the earlier ones, on balance I prefer those over the later ones (although I still like the later books).
Oh I see, I was under the impression they were standalone novels within the Culture universe......I'll probably do that then. The only silver lining I have left is that Christopher Priest is still writing who's books I love and has that same ability as Iain Banks to blend genres.
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Oh I see, I was under the impression they were standalone novels within the Culture universe......I'll probably do that then.
Well they are but you pick up a lot of background history and well, culture, for want of a better word, from the earlier novels (and Consider Phlebas is historically the earliest Culture novel (by quite a large margin) as well as being the first one he wrote. I do think they're better books as well. Not all the M books are Culture novels btw.
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Cheers for the info, I'll do some investigating later in the year once I've finished the rest of his books
Should any of his books be read one after the other? Could his catalogue be read "backwards"?
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This might be a good way to start
Well, it could. I don't know why you would though when all the books are still available?
None of his sci-fi novels need to be read in sequence to provide any context, but there are a few references to earlier events or characters in the later books. One or maybe two references to people in Surface Detail at the end, are characters from 'Use Of Weapons'.
Edit: I did wonder if their return had been planned, now sadly, in an unpenned novel.
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That's what I meant (along with the additional details you pick up about Culture society as you go along), maybe context isn't the right word for it?
I'm probably not going to read the M stuff. If I do, it'll be a while yet.
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