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The Wasp Factory

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A reviewer

This book is a great read. It keeps you on the edge of your seat not because it is a thriller but because how wierd the stroy is. It is a story that is very inventive, though the ending could have been a better

posted by Anonymous on February 21, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Twisted Ending

I read The Wasp Factory because somewhere someone had named it one of the most disgusting books ever written (on par with Stokoe's "Cows"). Additionally, Britian's The Independent, named it one of the top 100 novels of the 20th Century. In my opinion it never reached ...
I read The Wasp Factory because somewhere someone had named it one of the most disgusting books ever written (on par with Stokoe's "Cows"). Additionally, Britian's The Independent, named it one of the top 100 novels of the 20th Century. In my opinion it never reached either of those lofty expectations but it was still a good read.

The Wasp Factory is the story of a late teen-aged boy living a fairly solitary existence on a private island in Scotland. The story slowly reveals the plot section by section and always keeps you guessing as to just where the story is going. The characters story and backstory are intriguing enough to keep pulling you along. Ultimitatly you are pulled right into one of those suprise twist endings.

There is a lot of hype for this book, the author Iain Banks, debust novel that's still touted to this day. It is a fine book to be sure. For me the hype doesn't live up and can indeed danger the reputation of a fine story. However, Mr. Banks now has a long and distinguished writing career in both dramatic fiction and science fiction genres. There is no doubt he can write. Take this for what it is, a solid debut novel by a now well established writer.

posted by NJMetal on April 30, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2005

    Catering to the lowest common denominator

    This book was uninspiring and unoriginal. It could be said that it is harmful to write such purposeless stories but it is even more harmful to write them so poorly.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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