Iain Banks


I'm just rereading Complicity - it's fabulous.

>>By Henry Henry   (Thursday, 20 Mar 2003 16:39)

i'm doing an a level comparitvie study and want to compare another novel to T he Wasp Factory, focusing on the theme of disturbed adolescence caused by issues such as family circustances and isolation....any ideas!? I want the author to be similar to Banks in the way they write...

>>By jen   (Tuesday, 8 Jul 2003 20:43)

Any banks fans out there? Ive never read him but its been suggested that I would enjoy. Any suggestions on what to start with?

>>By Distrust   (Wednesday, 19 Nov 2003 16:28)

well, distrust, you may not take my advice but here goes. wasp factory is great, his first and totally weird. the first book i've ever read where all the blurbs go on about how vile the book is. the bridge is also great, verging on science fiction. complicity, whit and the crow road are also faves of mine. his recent stuff as iain banks has, to me taken a back seat to his culture novels as iain m banks. don't know if you're into sf at all, but consider phlebas, inversions, excessions, player of games, use of weapons and against a dark background (a non-culture book) are all phenomenal; lots of really cool techno stuff and lots af really good ideas.
also, to jen, i know it's a little late, but how about my idea of fun by will self?

>>By jakey   (Thursday, 20 Nov 2003 19:39)

I've become a huge fan of Banks, after reading the Wasp Factory I was hooked and since then Dead Air and Complicity- both books I couldn't put down. Has anyone read Whit? Im just starting it but am finding it a bit more difficult to get into than the other novels I have read.

>>By Tink   (Saturday, 17 Jan 2004 10:23)

if you r not used to the style then crow road kind of breaks you in but the masterpiece by far and away is the wasp factory - everyone should have a copy

>>By brainslave   (Sunday, 18 Jan 2004 14:41)

I'm a fan of Iain Banks, i really like the Wasp Factory and complicity.
I'm also doing my English Literature Coursework, i wondered if anyone knew where i could find critical analysis on The wasp Factory, especially regarding the theme of death.
Well if you do, let me know please!
You can email me at: hollymoonwitch@hotmail.com

>>By Holly Moonwitch   (Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 19:58)


Read a big unpublished interview with Iain Banks which covers all his works from Wasp Factory to Complicity, his music and graphic novels and much more...go to:


This is a genuine interview done in 1994 by me. Cos IB is my mate. Although he will deny it.

And it was published but only in sunzoomspark magazine that no-one bought.

If you want to know more about Iain Banks or shygirl_bigmouth, go to www.iainbanks.net and have a look at the forum there as well.

best wishes


>>By shygirl_bigmouth   (Friday, 14 May 2004 13:35)

The shift to sci-fi was off putting. However, his first was very good. I guess he wanted to try a different genre? Well i definitely do not suggest "song of stone"
sorry, it was way obtuse and boring ."The Business" was cool -with a woman being the main character.I've yet to read "The Crow Road". "Complicity" put me in mind of Irvine Welsh-another scottish writer(coincidence?). Any way, both are fun to read. Maybe "The Wasp Factory" will be made into a movie? On the look out.

>>By shotrod   (Saturday, 15 May 2004 19:11)

I B has been kind enough to agree to do a new interview for my websites.

So I have told him I am trawling all the IB forums and asking ppl to email me questions for the man at shygirl_bigmouth@hotmail.com

All contributors will be acknowledged unless they choose not to be.

>>By shygirl_bigmouth   (Sunday, 4 Jul 2004 12:15)

i have never never never herd of him

>>By hislop   (Wednesday, 7 Jul 2004 13:08)

The company is an amazing book. He is great!!

>>By neom   (Tuesday, 30 Nov 2004 02:00)

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