4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic read,
This review is from: Stonemouth (Paperback)
Another fabulous book from Iain Banks. The storyline skipped along like a pacey thriller - sometimes hilariously funny and next page seriously scary. I couldn't put it down and got through it in a couple of days, when not a lot was achieved on the work front as a result. I am therefore really surprised to see that the rating currently stands at 3.6/5.0. However, read the reviews and you find that the critical ones are from readers that openly express a preference for the SF of Iain M Banks. Each to their own, but I prefer the fiction, and this book gets a 4.7/5.0 from me. All the action takes place over three days so it really drew me into the narrative. I will certainly read it again in the future along with Crow Road, with which it is often compared.
There has been some criticism that this book is similar to others he has written. Garbadale is frequently mentioned (which I also enjoyed). Let's face it - writing about characters aged 18-25 is interesting, as peoples' lives and loves change so rapidly in that time. If he writes another book with characters in the same age group I wouldn't hesitate to read it. Why would you when you are reading the UK's best living writer.