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Old 07-30-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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Pure hilarity! Intro from Iain Bank's "The Business"

Go to the Amazon.com look inside page and search for "teesh", then click on the first page, and let hilarity ensue.

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Old 07-30-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:18 PM   #3
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:22 PM   #4
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If there were a way for me to provide you with the relevant excerpt that did not skirt copyright violation, I surely would. As it is... I lift two hands, symmetrically, just a bit below the level of my shoulders and turn my palms heavenward, despite secretly approving of your hardline stance.

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Old 08-04-2009, 09:14 AM   #5
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Excellent book and well worth reading, though I have no idea why they're charging so much for the paperback. I got my copy from them for $12 or $13 a few years ago. Here's an epub copy that you can get for about $11 after currency conversions.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:16 AM   #6
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Oh, and a sample for the Amazon-impaired.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:31 PM   #7
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Did anybody else, whose first Iain Banks book was "The Business", end up assuming the author was a woman?

I did. I like to think because he wrote his female protagonist convincingly... but I'm wondering if that was anybody else's experience.

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Old 08-05-2009, 07:49 PM   #8
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:55 PM   #9
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Did anybody else, whose first Iain Banks book was "The Business", end up assuming the author was a woman?

I did. I like to think because he wrote his female protagonist convincingly... but I'm wondering if that was anybody else's experience.

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I met him once. We didn't get on
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:00 PM   #10
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I met him once. We didn't get on
I vaguely recall reading suggestions that he has... "alcohol related issues".

Anything to do with your problems with him?

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Old 08-05-2009, 09:13 PM   #11
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I vaguely recall reading suggestions that he has... "alcohol related issues".

Anything to do with your problems with him?

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He might have been, but not visibly so. All I remember was that he was extremely rude and standoffish. Put me off reading his material.
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