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The Best Iain Banks Books

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List RulesVote for the Iain Banks novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Iain Banks books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Iain Banks is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Iain Banks who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This list contains books like The Wasp Factory and The Player of Games. What are Iain Banks's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • 1
    39
    5

    Feersum Endjinn

    Iain Banks

    First Published1994

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    35
    7

    First Published1988

    SubjectsAnarchism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 3
    26
    4

    Excession

    Iain Banks

    First Published1996

    SubjectsAnarchism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    27
    5

    The Bridge

    Iain Banks

    First Published1986

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 5
    34
    14

    First Published1984

    SubjectsScotland

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    27
    7

    Whit

    Iain Banks

    First Published1995

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 7
    29
    10

    First Published1987

    SubjectsAnarchism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8
    29
    10

    Canal Dreams

    Iain Banks

    First Published1989

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    24
    5

    Inversions

    Iain Banks

    First Published1998

    SubjectsAnarchism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10
    32
    17

    The Crow Road

    Iain Banks

    First Published1992

    SubjectsScotland

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    25
    10

    Use of Weapons

    Iain Banks

    First Published1990-02-01

    SubjectsAnarchism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    21
    6

    The Algebraist

    Iain Banks

    First Published2004

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    20
    7

    First Published2000

    SubjectsAnarchism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14
    20
    6

    Complicity

    Iain Banks

    First Published1993

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    18
    5

    Surface Detail

    Iain Banks

    First Published2010-10-07

    SubjectsAnarchism

    Genres (Book)Science Fiction

  • 16
    15
    2

    Transition

    Iain Banks

    First Published2009-09-03

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17
    22
    10

    A Song of Stone

    Iain Banks

    First Published1997

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18
    17
    7

    Matter

    Iain Banks

    First Published2008-02

    SubjectsAnarchism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19
    19
    10

    The Business

    Iain Banks

    First Published1999

    SubjectsLiterary, Antarctica, Satire, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 20

    First Published1991

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Slipstream, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 21

    First Published2007

    SubjectsLiterature, Family, Scotland

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 22
    17
    15

    Espedair Street

    Iain Banks

    First Published1987

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 23

    First Published1993

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 24
    12
    10

    The Quarry

    Iain Banks

    First Published2013-06-20

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 25
    13
    12

    Genres (Book)Science Fiction

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List Rules: Vote for the Iain Banks novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.