As an avid Banks fan, I'm making my way through his entire works. This looks like the perfect little book to get through over the Christmas holiday. It is by far the worst Banks' book I have read so far. There doesn't seem to be much of a story at all. I felt no empathy or emotional connection to any of the characters. Not worth the time. People interested in Banks should look towards Crow Road, Steep approach to Garbadale, Wasp Nest and Transition. These books cannot fail to excite and provoke thought. After all, we all have a bad day, this was Banks'.