BOOKS - The Wasp Factory

To add to the reportoire of reviews on my blog I thought I'd do a little book one. I don't read very much I'll admit, so this therefore proves that if I make it all the way through a book it must be mint. Now before I start this blog post, I will just tell you a little but about the correct pronunciation of the word BOOK.... I know a lot of you say it 'bUk'; I will tell you now, you are wrong my dear friend! If you're from Stoke on Trent and pronounce it correctly as 'bOOk' then bravo! You're a winner! So if you're ever in the city or talk to a Stokie dunna you dareeee pick up on the accent. Stokies say it better!
Anyway on to the book itself.....
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks.

I was recommended this book by a friend. I had never heard of it and really did not know what to expect. When I read it was a 'Gothic Horror Story' I expected all kinds of Twilight shit going down. Alas no vampires, no werewolves and definitely no Edward bastard Cullen. It's hard to write a book 'review' without giving away the entire plot of it all. But basically it follows a young Scottish lad called Frank. It's fair to say Frank is a bit odd. His days are made up of pissing on heads of dead animals and generally being an absolute loner and freak. Frank keeps a little contraption in his loft which he uses as a little house (or factory) to kill wasps, the wasps meet their demise in many ways, the most notable ways being set on fire or drowning in Franks piss.... He has a 'disability' which doesn't become clear until the end of the book. That's the serious twist. You simply don't see it coming but when it does - BOOM! It's a 'what the fuck' moment indeed.  In fact there are many 'WTF' moments throughout the book. When you find a chapter becoming slightly dull and lengthy a massive twist happens and you find yourself sucked in again. If you want to read more about the actual storyline check out the Wiki Page, but it does contain a few spoilers.
Like I said, if I have finished a book, that alone means it's pretty good! Read it and be prepared to gasp...

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  1. ha, I love your to the point description! I like Iain Banks bOOks (so not how I say it, but I am purely southern), but not the pompous spelling of his name.
    Do you use I am like their biggest salesperson ever (but its free so you know what I mean...) you can be my friend on there...

    1. Yeah he really loves his extra I doesn't he! It just makes me pronounce his name as 'EEE-yayn' instead if Ian! I just really wanted to write about this book but didn't know what to say without giving it away! I've not been on goodreads before but do want to read more this year so will check it out!

  2. Thanks for the review, I really need to start reading more books, but can never find the time... stupid uni work!

    I have nominated you for an award lovely, check out m blog for the details xx

    1. Uni work! Argh so glad it's not the bane of my life any more!! Although I do miss it a lot!! This is defo worth taking the time out to have a read though!

  3. I've read and re read this book. One of his best (Consider Phlebas is the top). A very dark and twisted tail.

    1. I've started to re-read it again too, I've NEVER done that. I'll have to have a read of his other books, especially if there's better ones!


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