The WASP FACTORY by Iain Banks
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Do I recommend it? Well, yes and no. I thoroughly enjoyed it in a strange sort of way, I'm not easily offended and this book didn't offend me....but there was something terribly interesting and voyeuristic about The Wasp Factory.
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The polarizing literary debut by Scottish author Ian Banks, The Wasp Factory is the bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath.

Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least:

Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.

That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again.

It was just a stage I was going through.
 

About Iain Banks

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Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the original publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, recently selected in a British poll as one of the top 100 novels of the century. Since then he has gained enormous popular and critical acclaim with further works of fiction and, as Iain M. Banks, science fiction. He lives in Scotland.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 194 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Kirkus

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In sum: a nastily striking, somewhat uneven debut--at its dreadful best when not straining for symbolic shockers or cosmic resonance.

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Guardian

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on Jul 05 2008

The novel so scandalised some, and so tickled the fancy of those who relish the breaking of taboos, that its cleverness, and its literariness, hardly got noticed.

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Guardian

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on Jun 28 2008

The narrator of Iain Banks's novel, 16-year-old Frank Cauldhame, is looking to explain a mystery. He lives with his taciturn father in an isolated house on the north-east coast of Scotland. His father dissembles and has secrets...

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The Bookbag

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on Nov 22 2012

The Wasp Factory is rude. It is twisted. It is funny. It is not for the fainthearted. It probably isn't the cult classic its reputation would have you believe, but it is worth reading, if only for the embarrassed, squirming, guilty giggles.

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Helium

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Reviewed by Joy Cooke on Mar 02 2010

Do I recommend it? Well, yes and no. I thoroughly enjoyed it in a strange sort of way, I'm not easily offended and this book didn't offend me....but there was something terribly interesting and voyeuristic about The Wasp Factory.

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Helium

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Reviewed by Noleen Wyatt-Jones on Apr 06 2008

This is a truly horrifying book but at the same time there are moments of dark comic genius and it is undoubtedly brilliantly written.

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