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The Crow Road by Iain Banks
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really liked it
bookshelves: e-book, netgalley

I did struggle with Crow Road. It's one of Iain Banks's earlier novels, and it shows. I did enjoy The Bridge, which came out before, but that was focussed on story - Crow Road is heavily character based, where the action is minimal, and the whodunnit doesn't really start until three-quarters of the way through, and then fizzles out as fast as it started.

My problem with this novel is the over-writing - long rambling sections, which though well written, drag on and on. Likewise, the first-person point of view is littered with throw-away "aren't I clever" lines, which eventually become tedious. By the half-way point, I found myself skimming paragraphs, and eventually, I was flicking over pages.

That said, the writing is good, and if viewed as the early work of a master, still has bits of interest to keep the reader going.

Book kindly supplied by Netgalley for an honest review.

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Reading Progress

January 19, 2018 – Started Reading
January 19, 2018 – Shelved
January 19, 2018 – Shelved as: e-book
January 19, 2018 – Shelved as: netgalley
April 26, 2018 – Finished Reading

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