As a tribute to Iain Banks, the author who has died of cancer at the age of 59, here are Leeds’ readers favourite titles. Rated four and five star, if you haven’t read any of his books yet here’s a quick synopsis of most popular ones. He wrote mainstream as well as science fiction.
His new book ‘The Quarry’ is on order and will be available in libraries shortly.
Stonemouth – Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After 5 years in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up
Transition – A world that hangs suspended between triumph & catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall & the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism & global financial collapse, such a world requires a firm hand & a guiding light. But does it need the Concern?
The hydrogen sonata – It is the end for the Gzilt. They’ve made the decision to follow the well-trodden path to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new rich and complex existence. Amidst preparations, though, High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved and she is now wanted – dead, not alive
Surface detail – Lededje Y’breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture
The wasp factory (book and talking book) – Frank, no ordinary 16-year-old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. His elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital. When news comes of Eric’s escape, Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother’s inevitable return
The Crow Road Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Relations with his father are strained, his brother is funnier and better-looking than he is, and the woman of his dreams is out of reach
Complicity – A few spliffs, a spot of mild S&M, phone through the copy of tomorrow’s front page, catch up with the latest from your mystery source – a regular day at the office for free-wheeling, substance-abusing Cameron Colley, a fully paid-up Gonzo hack on an Edinburgh newspaper. He senses a scoop and checks out a series of bizarre deaths from a few years ago, only to find that the police are checking out a series of bizarre deaths from right now – and he might know more about it than he’d care to admit.