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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
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Apr 01, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: queer, horror

One of the most bizarre, yet compelling books that I have ever read. It was an assigned reading for an advanced seminar that I took while in college. Specifically, the seminar was on the post-punk British culture, so that might give you a sense of what the book is like. If not, the seminar was based on how the punk culture of the early to mid 80's was a rebellion against the British authority. In so doing, the punk movement made its statement by taking everything that was normal and excepted and pierced it, tore holes in it, spit on it, and tried to tear it down in any way possible. The book is similar to that, only a little more organized.

In short, you have grizzly murders, a highly disturbed main character and a twist ending that had several of my classmates throwing the book across their room when they read it.

That being said, I LOVED it. Twisted and nothing that I would have ever picked up on my own, but enjoyable non-the-less. Some will definitely be offended by it; give it a try, you may hate it but it will at least make you think.
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Chris Tusa Hi,

Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as on a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked Wasp Factory, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also about a disturbed adolescent and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:



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