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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
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Jan 02, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: those who like weird disturbing fiction

I'm regret losing my copy of this book , as I would love to read it again. It ranks as one of the most bizarre novels I've ever read, It's never short of grotesque imagery and surreal situations, all underlined by a ratcheting tension.

It's about a brutal sixteen year old boy named Frank, a murderer of both people and animals, who has formed a personal mythology based on the strange totems and contraptions he's build on his father's property. He's just received word that his brother is coming home from an insane asylum. Which is not good news as he proves to be more deranged than Frank.

As you can gather this is not a book for everyone, but if you can stomach it it's an amazing read. It's a shame that Mr. Banks hasn't been able to create another book as compelling as his first.
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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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