Tags » Iain Banks

Mini review: The Wasp Factory / Iain Banks

Another case of being late to the party, reading-wise. Although, in my defence, The Wasp Factory was published in 1984.

Frank Cauldhame, sixteen years old, serial animal mutilator and multiple murderer, lives on a remote Scottish island with his incapacitated father. 230 more words

Goodreads review: The Business

The Business by Iain Banks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You know those books that you read and enjoy while you’re reading them, but when you’re finished you struggle – even when it’s only days later – to recall much about them? 454 more words


‘Forgotten Middle Rows’ by Encota: a Setter's Blog

I’d like to position my Iain Banks – themed puzzle very much as a celebration of his life, by quoting from his (I think only) non-fiction book, Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram, where he is delighted to be getting paid to do a tour of Scotland’s Distilleries – and his friends keep ringing him up with dialogue pretty along the following lines… 557 more words

Setting Blogs

Forgotten Middle Rows by Encota

Encota is a new name in the Listener but we have just struggled to the end of his numerical crossword in this month’s Magpie and, of course, he is our fellow blogger on Listen With Others (and no doubt equally frustrated to have to rewrite blogs that we wrote during the last three weeks because of some crass, imbecile of a hacker who wiped out our Word Press work together with that of thousands of others). 593 more words

Solving Blogs

Genuinely absurd books are hard to come by, rather than stories that are designed to be weird such as ‘Naked Lunch’ they appear relatively normal until you dig deeper. 1,159 more words

Quote of the day

In so much of politics you’re not allowed to disagree with what’s been agreed. –  Iain Banks who celebrates his 63rd birthday today.


February 16 in history

1032 Emperor Yingzong, of China, was born  (d. 1067).

1646  Battle of Great Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first… 542 more words