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Dead Air by Iain Banks (2002)



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After struggling through the first 106 pages, I am not willing to go further. I get the overall point of the book, I guess -- just not interested in slogging through. Too many great books out there to spend more time here. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Aug 2, 2016 |
Fun, with another engaging (non-sf) Banks anti-hero exuberantly muddling his way through a series of misadventures. ( )
  ronhenry | Nov 17, 2015 |
Meh. ( )
  erinster | Mar 29, 2013 |
One of his better ones ( )
  EricPMagnuson | Nov 12, 2009 |
Nowhere near the standard of Banks's earlier work, Dead Air throws together a ludicrous set of characters, circumstances and plot twists and uses them as an excuse to expound, at length, on his own opinions on a variety of political and religious subjects. I found this pontificating tedious and patronising, and that's from a position of agreeing with most of what Banks has to say. I shudder to think what someone whose views differ would think of it.

The plot goes down blind alleys at all turns, constantly throwing up red herrings. A strand in which the lead character is kidnapped after testifying against someone in court over a minor traffic incident utterly stretches credulity and seems to be superfluous to the rest of the book. The climax involves a ridiculously fortuitous burglary, explained away to the supposed crime boss whose house it was with a completely unbelievable concoction that nevertheless fools said crime boss, who has all the spine of Mr Bean, and everything ends happily ever after.

Saved from a one star rating only because in amongst all the guff and padding were quite a few genuinely enjoyable passages of prose and dialogue; Banks's ability to craft a sentence is as good as ever. ( )
4 vote theholyllama | Mar 2, 2009 |
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In a loft apartment in the East End of London they're dropping fruit from a balcony at a wedding breakfast. Soon things get out of hand and they're dropping TV sets out. Then the phone rings and they're told to turn on the TV. It's September 11th 2001.… (more)

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