I really don’t know what to say, the culture books have all been beyond my expectations. The State Of The Art is no exception, it contains 8 stories and then it has some notes on the culture. I enjoyed all of the stories but those that stood out most were “Odd Attachment”, “Descendant”, “Piece” and “The State of the Art”. The story “Scratch” is weird to read but stick with it and you’ll get it (at least I did). The writing technique of “Scratch” kind of reminded me of the Beatles “Revolution 9” (that could just be me though). As for “A Few Notes on the Culture” reading it just shows you how much thought Banks has put into his Culture books, it also gives you some insight to his intelligence. I have few favorites in anything (music, books, movies etc.) but when asked “who is my favorite author? I have no problem saying Iain M. Banks.
The State Of The Art