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The Wasp Factory

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

An Intriguing Story That Runs Out of Gas

Few stories are capable of hooking a reader within the first few pages, and "The Wasp Factory" does so with its enigmatic promises of showing the reader the internal lives of its sociopathic characters. Further into the book, the reader is treated to scenes with imager...
Few stories are capable of hooking a reader within the first few pages, and "The Wasp Factory" does so with its enigmatic promises of showing the reader the internal lives of its sociopathic characters. Further into the book, the reader is treated to scenes with imagery as pregnant and startling as those found in such works as Heller's "Catch-22" and McCarthy's "The Road." Unfortunately, Banks seems to find himself at a loss when it comes to bringing his story to an end, and the denouement is so very anti-climactic, this reader wishes the author ended the piece some five pages earlier. However, Banks is a very talented writer, and he has a gift with prose. I look forward to reading more of his work.

posted by EMcCarthy on March 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    Menace with style

    I love this outstanding book. Iain Banks is inspired and this novel really grips the reader and makes you question your own psyche. Thoroughly recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2003

    Dark Brilliance!

    I adored this book, and couldn't keep from the turning the pages even as my stomach churned. I'd totally recommend this to any friend who has an equally dark sense of humour.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    What the...????

    I found this book to be excellent. After finishing the last page I found my self stunned...wierd...but great. It has made other books seem so dissapointing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    INSPIRING!

    I THOUGHT THIS BOOK SHOWED HOW MESSED UP THE HUMAN MIND REALLY IS. IT WAS A GREAT BOOK FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WE CAN READ BOOKS LIKE THIS IN HIGH SCHOOL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2002

    One of the darkest books you will ever read

    Quite possibly one of the darkest and best books I've ever read. The way Banks peels away at the character of Frank and reveals him to the reader is nothing short of genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    deliciously twisted

    written in Banks's usual meandering style, it tells a unique story of outrageous whimsical cruelty, superstition to the nth degree, ending with a very clever twist(anyone who says the last chapter didn't surprise them is pretentious). This story is perhaps the most enduring of his dark tales, I have read it twice (something I rarely do) and will probably read it again.

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