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by Iain Banks

Synopsis: There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. 189 more words


Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be on My Modern Scottish Crime Fiction 101 Syllabus

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101)

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Complicity by Iain Banks

“You could climb up onto them and sit on the rusting iron grid – afraid it would give way but afraid to admit you were afraid –  and look down into that utter blackness, and sometimes catch the cold, dead scent of the abandoned gunned, rising up around you like some remorseless chilly breath.” … 533 more words

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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

This is a pretty dark book, not the worst – that award goes to Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho – but still pretty messed up. However while American Psycho remains the most horrid thing I have ever read, I still felt I could understand the purpose. 590 more words

Book Reviews

Repost with Update: 15 Riveting Opening Lines from Novels

Each of us wants to craft a novel, short story, or article that engages a reader quickly. Sometimes even the first sentence is a powerful hook. 592 more words


Back to the Hugos: 2005!

The Hugo Awards are this weekend! But time-travel Hugos are much more fun! So let’s go Back to the Hugos: 2005!

The member vote for Best Novel: 611 more words

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

This year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from 15th to 31st August and we’re delighted to forward this information from them on some of the poetry they have on offer. 1,180 more words