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The Player of Games Review

Book Title The Player of Games

Series Culture (book 2)

Genre Sci-fi

Author Iain M. Banks


If you’ve read Consider Phlebas… 339 more words

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Saltire Book of the Year nominees from the 1980s!

Today we’ve been rooting around the Saltire Society Literary Awards history and decided to have a look back at some names who were in contention for the Book of the Year award in the 1980s. 334 more words


Listen up! Cocteau Twins

This weekend I took a road trip to the Isle of Arran for my friend’s birthday. We listened to this Cocteau Twins song in the car, driving over glorious, undulating Scottish country roads (see Instagram feed!). 32 more words


Book of da Week: Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory

Deranged lunacy this week as we take a look at Iain M. Banks’ the Wasp Factory – gothic horror oddness with wasps. The Scottish author (1954 – 2013) debuted with this debauched, macabre novel which flat out appalled some in the literary world (we’ve included several amusing review snippets further below). 656 more words


Line(s) of the Day #TheWaspFactory

All our lives are symbols. Everything we do is part of a pattern we have at least some say in. The strong make their own patterns and influence other people’s, the weak have their courses mapped out for them. 36 more words

Alex Raphael

First Lines: My Grandmother Exploded

“It was the day my grandmother exploded.”

First line from The Crow Road by Iain Banks 6 more words

On Writing


Read 15/03/2015-21/03/2015

Rating: 4 stars

This is one of the best Iain Banks novels I’ve read. It’s on a par with The Crow Road for plot and character realisation. 282 more words

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