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  • I was hugely disappointed when I read this novel
  • I have read several of Banks' other works and had been impressed, so I came to this book expecting a good read
  • The central character drones on in long meaningless soliloquies about the castle's glory days, which I found extremely boring
  • It was disappointing in that I know that Banks can write very engaging, shocking and interesting storylines, and I just cannot understand why this novel is devoid of any of his usual originality

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      I was hugely disappointed when I read this novel. I have read several of Banks’ other works and had been impressed, so I came to this book expecting a good read.

      Nothing could have been further from the truth.


      The plot centres around an aristocratic couple, dispossessed of their castle during some future war.

      This idea in itself wasn’t a bad starting point, but the story never unfolds into anything remotely gripping.

      The central character drones on in long meaningless soliloquies about the castle’s glory days, which I found extremely boring.

      I will grant that the book is well written, but the language used is much to complicated and self-indulgent.

      What action there is can sometimes provide a ...


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      momentary uplift to the otherwise stagnant plot, but I never really cared what happened to any of the characters.

      It was disappointing in that I know that Banks can write very engaging, shocking and interesting storylines, and I just cannot

      understand why this novel is devoid of any of his usual originality.

      It is a small book, however, so maybe the one saving grace is that, if you do decide to read this novel, you won’t have to do so for long.




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