September 29, 2005 Archives

29 September 2005


Cover of Excession
  • Iain M. Banks
  • 464 pages
  • ISBN: 185723457X
Yes, I know this is the second Iain M. Banks book I've read in the last few months, but I seriously believe this is one of the best sci-fi books I've read. This time was a reread, but when I read it first, it was my first experience of his work, and I have subsequently read virtually all his work (he takes up nearly as much space on my book shelf as Terry Pratchett!!)

The plot is gripping, the characters varied, and the "universe" Iain creates is fascinating, convincing and detailed. If you like sci-fi, then you'll love this.

Rating: 4.5/5

p.s. Good though this is, I've decided that I've got a bit ingrained with my reading habits. Too many of the books I read in the last year have been by Terry Pratchett or Iain (M.) Banks. If anybody has some suggestions of things I books that might expand my horizons a bit I'd be interested (particularly if you can do it without spoiling the plot and message of whatever book it is). I've just started Brave New World by Aldus Huxley, which is a bit more of a classic and has a much more serious message, but it's still definitely sci-fi.

Posted by Robert Hart | Permanent Link | Categories: Books

29 September 2005

40 year old virgin

  • Nobody in particular
  • 15 - Showcase
Not much to say really. Just one of those occasions where you turn up to the cinema and watch whatever is next to start that you haven't already seen. It has some funny moments, and we seemed to be in the mood for laughing out loud.

Rating: 2/5

Posted by Robert Hart | Permanent Link | Categories: Films