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Well written but disapponting,
This review is from: Stonemouth (Hardcover)We have here an author who can write great prose but seems to have forgotten how to create a great story. I was swept along by this piece set in the Scottish town of Stonemouth until the ending. There wasn't one (or there were many proposed by some of the characters but Iain Banks didn't come down in favour of any of them).
The narrative voice is similar to that found in the Crow, and we have a close knit community that wouldn't look out of place in the Kray Brothers East End. The town is ruled by two crime lords from one of which comes Ellie the love interest of our here Stu.
Stu is returning to Stonemouth after five years to attend a funeral; he left in a hurry after being caught betraying Ellie just before their wedding. The story seems to be about picking up the pieces and Stu still being in love with Ellie. He is also more than a little in love with the town and his past.
Stu I found entirely unlike-able, he drifts from scene to scene, doesn't care about his beloved criminal links, has an eye for several other women and either talks down his own moderately successful career in London or (and this winds me up) spends a lot of time moaning about any phone / computer that isn't from Apple. I hear narrow-minded opinion coming out in clumsy prose (similar to the twitter sequence early on).
Maybe if Banks spent more time on his own product than preaching the cult of Apple this could have been a good book.
Still we read them out of loyalty, much like Stu still goes back to his past!