Re: Iain M Bank's top ten SF novels - how many have YOU read?
I have read "Neuromancer" and "Disposessed".
I found Neuromancer to be chronically overrated. I really don't see the attraction.
As for Dispossessed, I am quite suprised that j. d. worthington found it "didactic". Given that Ursula Le Guin is/was an anarchist, I thought she did quite a good job of portraying many of it's potential flaws and pitfalls.
The only bit that irked me was when Shevek decided, after reading some economic texts, that economics was nothing more than a skewed "logic" for defending an exploitative capitalist system. I think she portrayed her own lack of understanding of economics when Shevek came to that decision.
Not to mention that she also grossly underestimated the problems associated with an absense of markets (the inability to make economic calculations). Still, an admirable book in my opinion.