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On Reading 'The Wasp Factory'

Iain Banks had an interesting career trajectory. He set out to write science fiction novels, but found it impossible to break into the genre. Then his more literary  435 more words


Musical Advent Calendar Day 22: Frank Turner - The Sand in the Gears

You heard of bibliomancy, right? Yeah, predicting the future by opening a book – generally the Bible or some other sacred text, Iain Banks’s The Wasp Factory… 303 more words

Santa Claus and Another Iain Banks' Imaginary Work

Although there are still lots of books I want to keep up with, especially I am financially pathetic, I still can’t  hold back my insatiable desire to check the  new stocks of books in a book store which sells cheap local and imported books.  588 more words

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Book Review- The Wasp Factory

Today I finished reading The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks.

It was the excerpt on the back cover about the protagonist murdering their family which persuaded me to buy it as I found it a jarring paragraph to parade on the back cover. 387 more words


Whit by Iain Banks: A Book Review

I liken Iain Banks- along with all writers who may resemble him- to a student inspired to be recognized as a prolific writer. To fulfil his ambition, with dogged determination, he applies to a publishing company submitting all the samples of his works. 1,100 more words


Goodness and Rightness

‘Canal Dreams’ (1989) starts underwater with the most vivid description of scuba diving I’ve read, sparking many memories of this ‘swimming like flying’ (p. 3). It is such a gentle start to one of… 454 more words