12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Intrigues, yet tries too hard.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Walking On Glass (Paperback)
As I am not very keen on the Sci-Fi element of Iain Banks' writing, i suppose it is fair to say that this novel would obviously not appeal instantly to me. After the controversial story of his debut novel, 'The Wasp Factory', Banks follows with this, a strange Fiction/ Sci-fi hybrid story, which is a genuinely intriguing read. Banks merges the three plots together expertly and cleverly creates three sub plots that all suck in the reader and keep them in suspense.
However, the book is a little too abstract for my tastes, and the final controversy of Graham's story just seems to be a feeble attempt to recreate the dramatic ending of 'The wasp factory'. It is too hard to see how the plots all directly relate to each other, even with several rereads of the book. This book is an interesting purchase, and a must for any Banks fan, but he has written many better novels than this.