Ian Banks

The day after I got an email from Julien that he could not finish the three Iain Banks´  he had started (just like me!), I came across an interview of the author in the French daily Libération. I read it carefully, being stuck in a plane to Madrid with no option to open my laptop, even on my lap… The funny thing is that the interview itself is close to impossible to understand (even with a passable knowledge of French!), but also that Iain Banks acknowledges that the names he invents for places and objects are taken from an alphabetical list he prepares months in advance. No wonder Julien complained about this aspect! (I must acknowledge, though, that I like my first attempt, The Algebraist.

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