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This is slightly blokey in parts – men's war toys stuff, and male gorilla stuff – but I'm giving it five stars as the quality of writing merits it, and at the end of the day the book is actually a love story and as such does have its 'aaaah!' moment. Banks' vivid imagination is always evident, not just in his sci-fi books, and this one carries you along with its action and its characters – many of whom you feel you know. Banks had (really sad to have to use the past tense here) the ability to make his books almost more realistic than real life, chiming with the experiences of so many people. This was evident by the outpourings on the news of his illness, and then his death. His writing engages his readers, many of whom felt they had become personal friends of the author. He took us places, he showed us things. Difficult to believe that has come to an end. Stonemouth is perhaps not his best book, but it is still an extremely well written book and very good read.