Customer Review

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stone Sour, 4 Mar 2003
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Song Of Stone (Paperback)
I was first drawn to Iain Banks via his Sci Fi and if there is a parallel, this book fits into the same category as Feersum Endjin. Banks is clever, there's no doubt about that, but this book reads too much like a literary exercise, rather than a novel. I'm not against flowery prose as such, but it seems overdone here, to the detriment of the tale. My previous Banks was his first, the Wasp Factory, which, as others have said, is excellent and I guess I bought this one in order to own all of his work to date (completist that I am).
The story itself is a good one. An intriguing premise, unusual characters, and the obligatory perverse sexual angle and if someone described it as such to me, I'd expect to like it. Unfortunately, the first person to third person narrative style wears thin very quickly and the main character is such an unredeeming,pompous a**ehole, if it wasn't for the fact that I have an aversion to putting unfinished books back on the shelf, I might've done exactly that...
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

2.8 out of 5 stars (54 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (10)
4 star:
 (10)
3 star:
 (8)
2 star:
 (12)
1 star:
 (14)
 
 
 
8.99 8.45
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 268,828