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Still treading water,
This review is from: The Business (Paperback)
Iain Banks, once the most powerful fiction writer of his generation and author of two of my all time top 20 novels (The Wasp Factory and The Bridge), has been treading and water for many years and The Business is just more of this. Not as pointless as Canal Dreams or Dead Air, but nowhere near what he is capable of at his best.
Banks can't write badly (well at least he can't write fiction badly, lets leave it at that for now) and his ear for daft dialogue is still brilliant. The story rattles along and I was interested enough to keep going and finish it in three days. Unfortunately there is a 'but' here. It's that Banks is quite palpably making this up as he goes along and equally palpably, doesn't seem to care.
The end result is a story that lurches from one thing to another, switching plot pretty much every time it threatens to get truly absorbing, and Banks can't decide if he is writing a thriller, a Himalayan travelogue or a satirical expose of the amorality of big business. It ends up being none of the above and it was impossible to care much about the characters one way or another. I mustn't spoil things by revealing the ending, suffice to say it is daft.