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Iain Banks' 'The Wasp Factory'

“All our lives are symbols. Everything we do is part of a pattern we have at least some say in.”

Iain Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish writer and novelist.

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Eli Novemer - Tangency

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Hi again.

I haven’t written here in some time. I’ve been travelling, in more than one sense. But I thought I might share someone else’s work before updating on mine, soon. 8,708 more words

Dimitris Melicertes

#223 The Player of Games

This is my third Iain Banks book and despite his status as a science fiction writer vaguely ringing a bell when I skimmed through the blurb I will admit I was slightly disappointed to realise it was set in a different world with characters from an “alien” species with super intelligent drones in tow; which is admittedly a very close minded reaction. 494 more words


Book reviews: Throne of the Crescent Moon & Transition

Why was Adoulla made to bear so big a burden alone? When would others learn to defend themselves from the servants of the Traitorous Angel? What would happen after he was gone?

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What we do

This project really began after a visit from my best friend, Jan Cantin, in February 2015. He opened a duffel bag and started pulling out Shakespeare plays. 379 more words

Do You Have a Wasp Factory?

Okay. Someone told me this was a novel I had to read .. and without delay. I read it. At first I didn’t consider it worth the effort to comment on but then I decided it needed a quick opinionated slam and a whack or two from the critical wasp-swatter that is my somewhat squirrelly mind. 490 more words


The Algebraist (2004) by Iain M. Banks

Around the time this blog was born, the science fiction world lost a giant. Iain Banks had died, and sentiments flooded the social media landscape. It was a bookmark moment for me, and a reminder of yet another author who I meant to read and never did. 997 more words

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