Twitter went mad this morning, and with good cause. We were all shocked and saddened to hear that Iain Banks has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He published a personal statement (which you can read here), before going off on honeymoon with his now wife Adele. I wish them every happiness in the time left, and send deeply felt virtual hugs to Iain, his family and friends.
Back in January, I posted a teaser about a project I was planning for May. Several of you guessed correctly that I was going to read the books of Iain Banks, and said they’d join in.
Last week, I started trying to find all my copies amongst the book stacks, (I still don’t think I’ve found them all!), and I designed a logo for my project, based on the original covers for The Wasp Factory and Stonemouth.
Then this! … At first I thought that I’d be considered as jumping on the bandwagon, but after seeing the interest in celebrating Banks today, thought I’d continue with my plans. When Alan at Words of Mercury suggested setting up a forum, I happily said I’d help out and consequently The BanksRead Forum was born. Do pop over, and tell us your thoughts about the novels of this fabulous author – please do join in the discussions, or just read what’s there. Thanks.
I’m going to start (re-)reading his novels now, concentrating on the mainstream ones. I’ve read all bar the latest two, so it’ll be a joy to revisit many old favourites. I mentioned above that I’d dug out as many as I can find – it’s annoying – I can’t find Canal Dreams or Whit, and I only have three of the SF novels. For some insane reason, I didn’t keep the earlier SF ones; those I have, I haven’t read yet. I’ll post here with a tab up top to collect the posts, and link and discuss on the forum.
For now, I shall leave you with a photo of my Iain Banks book collection. I do wish they’d kept up with the black and white covers…