Dead Air ePUB º Hardcover

  • Hardcover
  • 408 pages
  • Dead Air
  • Iain Banks
  • English
  • 13 June 2016
  • 9780316860543

10 thoughts on “Dead Air

  1. Shovelmonkey1 Shovelmonkey1 says:

    What the critics may have allegedly saidDear Iain please gain a little perspective and paint over your current social wallpaper; don your I heart Tony Blair t shirt and form an orderly ueue at the passport officeWhat the monkey saysLoved this Admittedly this is my first foray into the world of Iain Banks with or without theM as I've never read any of his sci fi either but it did what it said on the tin Pacey engaging story of a gob on a stick British shock jock and his whimsical antics Ok Ken Nott is possibly the human euivalent of the congealed gunk scraped off the underside of the News of the World staff canteen microwave but lets not dwell on that fact Nott smokes snorts and gurgles his way through the sparkly world of Londons media glitterati leaving the shells of exploded verbal bombs and the prone bodies of shagged women in his wake Although his initial passage through the novel did seem to be lubricated by a fair dollop of oleaginous smug this soon dries up when he falls for a gangsters moll and in moment of lust lorn hormonally lobotomised stupidity leaves a sloppy message on her home answer phone Cue a race against time as Nott struggles to hit the erase button before hubby gets home and dials 1471 and in all likelihood parts Nott from his manhood by way of a response So to summarise booze birds sex drugs gob shites gangsters and improbable set up regarding an answering machine message

  2. Manny Manny says:

    Many people appear to hate this book for reasons that aren't completely clear to me I really liked it OK the main character a British shock jock is a bit of an asshole but he's a very entertaining asshole I didn't find it difficult to accept him on his own terms and just get on with enjoying the story And as for all the indignation that a sublimely beautiful woman should fall for this horrible person well in an ideal world that maybe wouldn't happen but you only have to open a gossip magazine to see that it happens all the time Like to pick the first example that pops into my head Penélope Cruz and Tom Cruise I rest my caseThe reason I suddenly thought of Dead Air however was the current furore over the Holocaust denier bishop there's a wonderful scene here which is completely apropos view spoilerThe hero for reasons his friends at first can't understand has agreed to participate in a TV talk program where he will debate a well known Holocaust denier They are still at the hello and how are you stage when he suddenly jumps over the table and belts the guy one in the faceWhy did you DO that? asks the Holocaust denier in shock as he checks to see whether his nose is brokenAnd the hero replies Do what? hide spoiler

  3. Brad Brad says:

    “Dead Air” is a little bit of all the things that make Iain Banks great It is funny in the blackest of ways; it is political and demands that we pay attention to the serious issues it’s addressing; it is rich in characterization making us love Ken Nott and all the strange denizens of London that he comes across; and it is above all entertaining Iain Banks is the greatest living commonwealth writer to never be up for the Man Booker Prize and he likely never will be but he remains a writer of great talent no matter what his theme or mode or message He is one of those rare authors who can do it all from comedy to thriller to drama to tragedy Do yourself and the entire literary world a favor read Banks’ “Dead Air” It is a scathing ode to the post 9 11 world that should not be missed

  4. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Laddish account of urban hedonism punctuated with progressive riffs against the ugly signs of our times Banks made me laugh but appeared to be going in opposite directions One could imagine the subseuent torue generated would be exciting It wasn't at least not in such an artiistic arc Banks plays a comic suspense effect pedal adroitly over the last 70 pages I was impressed with that but was baffled per the novel as a wholeI'd afford the novel another5 for the dialogue which crackles

  5. Mandie Mandie says:

    Dead Air It should be called Hot Air Never in my life have I read a book with such a multitude of unlikeable characters These are pseudo celebs and media whores ploughing the depths of the tarnished glitterati and have no redeeming uality or anything whatsoever to endear them Ken Nott is a shock jock and ok he makes a few good points but there is nothing new or ground breaking and the typescripts from a James Whale show meets George Galloway Talk Sport esue rant a thon does not a novel make He also comes across as self obsessed or rather sex obsessed and amoral He has the most beautiful of women falling at his feet why? For goodness sake???? Maybe it’s a novel written for men at least vapid shallow metrosexuals with the personality of a retarded amoebabut I expected a little than thisThe setting against the backdrop of 911 appears thus far nearly 300 pages in appears to be irrelevant an a cheap way to draw in readers cynically used on the back cover maybe I should hold off on this until I have finished but really The plot such as it is could easily stand alone without it thus farAnd having now completed this nonsensical book the above remains true There was a flurry of about 50 pages towards the end where the thought processes related to tenseness and panic are very well written clearly the guy has potential and gets it a second star but the tragic demise of the protagonist who brings about his own downfall due to over indulgence in alcohol and the fact that he can't keep his dck in his pants for than 5 pages is hardly HomerI kind of left the book with relief wishing the ending could have been a tad different as now there is always the threat he could re surface

  6. Dave Jenkinson Dave Jenkinson says:

    Couldn't finish it It's not that it was badly written I just had no desire to carry on reading I was disinterested in the lead character and couldn't establish any particular plot or driving narrative It was mostly just a bunch of shock jock rants The excitement I usually feel at the prospect of picking up my book to read the next installment was absent for this book uite surprised as I have enjoyed a good few Iain Banks books in the pastI used to force myself to read on and finish books but I've decided life is too short to plug away at a book I'm not enjoying when there are so many other books out there

  7. James James says:

    Historically I've struggled with Iain Banks novels Three out of four of his novels that I've started have ended up on my didnt finish shelf Iain M Banks is a another case entirely mind – his science fiction I adore So it was with some trepidation that I ventured into another of Banks' non science fiction novels But Louise had a copy knocking about and it was listed in the 1 001 Books You Must Read Before You Die book so when it reached the top of the to read list I decided to give it a goKen Nott is a radio DJ a shock jock for a commercial London radio station called Capital Live not in anyway supposed to sound like Capital FM I suspect He's argumentative not overly likeable and a bit of a whore Somehow Banks still manages to make him readable – for a start he's clever although not usually wise and funny and very uick with his responses which do seem to distract you from his lack of any real kind of moral fibre When not insulting religious groups on his show picking up women in bars or drinking with his mates he is managing to cheat on his girlfriend with the most beautiful women he has ever seen Who just happens to be the wife of London's most notorious gangster So no chance of anything going wrong there thenDead Air is the term for any time when a radio station should be broadcasting something but is in fact silent Generally stations fear these gaps like people do awkward pauses in conversations but some radio DJs deliberately use these gaps for effect I wonder if in this context it is also trying to refer to something else? Empty airspace over London maybe? A pause in people's lives as the events of 911 hit them? Many reviewers have described this as a post 911 novel and to an extent it is – it is both written and set after that event But it doesn't really seem to dwell on the event It is mentioned briefly as the news breaks while most of the characters are at a party and there are a couple of references to uieter skies and people feeling less trusting on the tube but that's it This isn't some huge 911 statement that I could seeIn fact the biggest political section of the book is where Ken sets himself up against a holocaust denier which has uite a long teased build up giving you lots of opportunity to try and work out his secret plan view spoilerRather than lowering himself to arguing with the man on television instead just as the interview starts he leaps across the table and punches the guy in the face What did you do that for? Ken is asked Do what? he says hide spoiler

  8. Alan Alan says:

    September 11 2001What a brilliant excuse that's turned out to be for so many things—Phil Ashby p128If people had been listening to Iain Banks' Dead Air in 2002—or hell just listening to dead air—than to what actually went on the air after 911 and the various military misadventures that characterized the ensuing Aughts accent on the augh then our 21st Century might well have become a peaceful and rational place But Dead Air fell on deaf ears I'm afraid At least on this side of the pond—I can't recall seeing a copy of or even hearing about this incandescent novel with its eerily echoing cover photo of a jet flying over twin smokestacks until I ran across a second hand copy in a really good used bookstore in 2016It may still be too soon Dead Air was obviously written very uickly by an Iain Banks who was eually obviously both deeply in love with and furious at the United States that he saw going off the rails As was Ken Nott Banks' protagonist displaced Scotsman and self described shock jock broadcasting from London As was I but I wasn't nearly as articulate about it as either Banks or NottWe were all of us back then though just background noise—voces clamantes en deserto drowned out by the relentless drums of warNot that Ken's an entirely admirable character—far from it He's a serial adulterer and massively parallel substance abuser not nearly as bold and independent a thinker as he makes himself out to be But he comes down reliably by and large on the side of the angelsDead Air isn't all politics of course In fact if you edit out the rants and the cinematic set pieces like the brilliant way Ken eventually handles his long deferred TV interview with a Holocaust denier what this novel's primarily about are Ken's relationships—with his girlfriend Jo his good mates Craig and Ed his loyal on air partner Phil his boss Jamie and of course with the impossibly beautiful and enigmatic CeliaBanks displays his sure touch with dialogue and characterization here too; Ken was extremely lucky to have such an expert novelist writing his material Even when he's not on the air he's able to convey sly gems like this compact assessment of his ex wife JudithGreat sex similar interests robust cross platform political beliefs with only a few troublesome legacy systems—she believed in astrology—compatible groups of friends—p112I don't think Dead Air received the reception it deserved when it was published and it may still be too soon for this novel to be appreciated for the perceptive and topical sharply political yet overall warm and human work that it is And that's a shame We are not yet free from flag waving demagogues; we are no immune from making tragic missteps than we were a decade and a half ago And that's a shame tooIain Banks was writing for us—as he always did but this time I think it was personal and we'd do well to listen now even if we didn't then

  9. Norah Norah says:

    Started reading this wasn't sure it would be my sort of book but being involved in a deconstructionist group it might make interesting conversation pieces Nearly finished and it has been hard to keep reading it This is a man's book in my view and all the conversations are a bit overdone ie boring footie etc but I had heard the end was good so persevered and yes it is un put downable towards the end but was it worth it? Not really poor story line I thought Proud to have got this far actually And this is only because I'm off sick at present

  10. Baba Baba says:

    Mt first Banks and apparently one not much loved by the criticsA first person narrated tale of a British shock jock Ken Knott starting at a loft party on that 911 The traumatic globally shocking incident allows Banks to underline who and what Knott is from the oft 'Playa' Knott's life is possible forever change when he has an affair with a gangsters wife and it is the outcomes and outputs of that relationship that are the real subjects of this bookAt the time I read this I was unaware that the critics didn't really go for it if I'd only known I though the book was OK although it felt 'laddish' which I loathe I though that Banks was overrated and gave the book a 6 out of 12 but now I know that this wasn't one of his better works I'll look out for other works by him

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Dead Air[Reading] ➶ Dead Air Author Iain Banks – Iain Banks' daring new novel opens in a loft apartment in the East End in a former factory due to be knocked down in a few days Ken Nott is a devoutly contrarian vaguely left wing radio shock jock liv Iain Banks' daring new novel opens in a loft apartment in the East End in a former factory due to be knocked down in a few days Ken Nott is a devoutly contrarian vaguely left wing radio shock jock living in London After a wedding breakfast people start dropping fruits from a balcony on to a deserted carpark ten storeys below then they start dropping other things; an old TV that doesn't work a blown loudspeaker beanbags other unwanted furnitureThen they get carried away and start dropping things that are still working while wrecking the rest of the apartment But mobile phones start ringing and they're told to turn on a TV because a plane has just crashed into the World Trade Centre At ease with the volatility of modernity Iain Banks is also our most accomplished literary writer of narrative driven adventure stories that never ignore the injustices and moral conundrums of the real world His new novel set in contemporary London displays the trademark dark wit buoyancy and momentum of his finest work It will be one of the most important novels of .

About the Author: Iain Banks

Iain M BanksBanks's father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until when he returned to Scotland living in Edinburgh and then FifeBanks met his wife Annie in London before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in However he announced in early that after years together they had separated He lived most recently in North ueensferry a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road BridgeAs with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill which calls for Scottish independenceIn late Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the invasion of Ira In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Ira in his book Raw Spirit and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar veinInterviewed on Mark Lawson's BBC Four series first broadcast in the UK on November Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However his editor asked if he would mind dropping the 'M' as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks a minor character in some of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels Banks suggested the return of the 'M' although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single maltHis latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series called The Hydrogen Sonata published in Author Iain M Banks revealed in April that he had late stage cancer He died the following JuneThe Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The uarry due to be published later this year would be his last The uarry was published in June .