10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Dull and boring,
This review is from: A Song Of Stone (Paperback)
If you don't like Iain Banks, don't bother with this book. If you do like Iain Banks, still don't bother with this book. It is the worst thing I have read for years, and the only reason I got through to the end was that I could not believe it wasn't going to get better. Believe me, it didn't.
All the familiar Banks themes are here: violence, sex, incest, castles and a vague Kafkaesque feeling that you might at some point find out what's happening. I was expecting a second Walking on Glass from the blurb. What I actually got was a pointless, plotless, formulaic collection of words that had nothing to say.
The story is set mid-war (what war? why war? no clues here), with the male narrator and his wife/sister (I think) having their castle taken over by a female lieutenant and her bunch of nasty yet characterless soldiers. I don't object to violence, I don't necessarily object to gratuitous violence, but I do very definitely object to dull violence like this book. What are you trying to do, Iain, prove that your readership are such a lot of sickos we'll keep reading even when there's no plot/characterisation/point to your books?
The sense of boredom with his own work that was starting to show in Complicity is alive and well here. Don't bother.