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Help-Do I continue reading " the Wasp Factory" by Ian Bain

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christie2 Sun 26-Jul-09 01:05:51

I know it was listed as 100 best reads so I got it out of the library...but a book about the kids on the street who mutilate animals and worse, I am one chapter in and not to keen to keep going although the writing is very good. Why is the in the top 100, can any one help me out and should I keep reading?Wh?

MitchyInge Sun 26-Jul-09 01:09:37

yes yes yes yes yes

because you must, it's worth it, I promise

christie2 Sun 26-Jul-09 01:13:49

really, but why, or will it give away too much?

MitchyInge Sun 26-Jul-09 01:54:26

I dunno, it's been years since I read it but it was lovely and disturbing and shocking and so well crafted you just HAVE to!

ClaudiaSchiffer Sun 26-Jul-09 01:54:42

I read it years ago as a teenager and loved it. I can still remember parts of it very vividly. It is good but brace yourself for some pretty gruesome passages. grin

Scarletibis Sun 26-Jul-09 11:21:58

Back when I read it it was one of those books that everyone raved about - but i didn't like it, thought the main character was too awful.

RedLollyYellowLolly Sun 26-Jul-09 21:04:46

Personally I'd bin it. But then I think Ian Banks is way overrated.

There is a twist (hope that doesn't count as a spoiler).

thedolly Sun 26-Jul-09 21:07:08

Saw the stage version and it was great - weird though.

KirstyJC Sun 26-Jul-09 21:07:15

You should carry on - it is really fab! He is a vey good writer - you can never guess what is going to happen next. It is a bit of a shocker but worth it.

southeastastra Sun 26-Jul-09 21:08:55

i read the series when i was about 20, the bridge was one? very odd, unnerving especially the kite bit

policywonk Sun 26-Jul-09 21:09:48

Yes, carry on if you like twists.

themoon Sun 26-Jul-09 21:11:19

Keep reading. I've re-read this recently and still enjoyed as much as the first time.

fishie Sun 26-Jul-09 21:17:58

i read it 20 yeasr ago and thought it was great and pretty easy to read. and that was at a time when i was much more willing to read 'hard work' books.

now i think that most books are terrible and a self indulgence for the writer. <gimmer>

WesternBelle Sun 26-Jul-09 21:18:29

Personally I found it tedious and too try-hard. It also seems quite dated now (in the way that the X Files does).

cthea Sun 26-Jul-09 21:19:01

Yes, carry on, it's a good read. Will haunt you for a while.

jkklpu Sun 26-Jul-09 21:20:55

Carry on, definitely. Some other Iain Banks is fab though one or two dire: I couldn't get past page 2 of The Bridge.

LibrasBiscuitsOfFortune Sun 26-Jul-09 21:26:42

It's shit. very over-rated.

Jux Sun 26-Jul-09 21:27:20

I'd rather read the one by Iain Banks, but each to his own eh? wink

OnlyWantsOne Sun 26-Jul-09 21:29:24

I read it when I was 11.... cripes

keep reading

Jux Sun 26-Jul-09 21:42:37

The Bridge was alright; I hated The Crow Road though.

yama Sun 26-Jul-09 21:45:22

I liked it. It's a very short book isn't it? Shouldn't take long - keep going.

ForExample Sun 26-Jul-09 21:48:36

shhhh policy wink

policywonk Sun 26-Jul-09 21:52:19

Red Lolly already said it miss!

ForExample Sun 26-Jul-09 21:58:16

oh yes! sorry ms wonk. Naughty lolly!

ClaudiaSchiffer Sun 26-Jul-09 22:25:35

Jux! I loved The Crow Road, how could you hate it?

Did you see the telly version too?

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