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  1. Bettie Bettie says:

    Description The war is ending For the castle and its occupants the troubles are just beginning Armed gangs roam a lawless land, and taking to the roads seems safer than remaining in the ancient keep But the captain of an outlaw band has other ideas.Opening Winter was always my favourite season Is this yet winter I do not know There is some technical definition, something based on calendars and the position of the sun, but I think one simply becomes aware that the tide of the seasons has Description The war is ending For the castle and its occupants the troubles are just beginning Armed gangs roam a lawless land, and taking to the roads seems safer than remaining in the ancient keep But the captain of an outlaw band has other ideas.Opening Winter was always my favourite season Is this yet winter I do not know There is some technical definition, something based on calendars and the position of the sun, but I think one simply becomes aware that the tide of the seasons has irrevocably turned that the animal in us smells winter.4 The Wasp FactoryTR A Song of StoneTR WhitTR Espedair Street3 The Business1 The Steep Approach to Garbadale2 StonemouthAs Iain M Banks TR Consider Phlebas Culture 1 TR The Player of Games Culture, 2 3 The State of the Art Culture, 3 TR Use of Weapons Culture, 4 TR Surface Detail3 Matter4 Look to Windward4 The AlgebraistTR Against a Dark Background


  2. Colin Colin says:

    A truly execrable novel, as if Banks had wanted to see how unpleasant he could make a novel before forcing the reader to give up on it It s by Iain Banks, rather than Iain M., so it s mainstream, despite being set in a near future setting where Britain has lapsed into anarchy.Abel and wife sister Morgan flee their ancestral seat but are captured by bandits who periodically humiliate them Abel is a pontificating fop with whom it s hard to empathize, but even he doesn t deserve to be hurled down A truly execrable novel, as if Banks had wanted to see how unpleasant he could make a novel before forcing the reader to give up on it It s by Iain Banks, rather than Iain M., so it s mainstream, despite being set in a near future setting where Britain has lapsed into anarchy.Abel and wife sister Morgan flee their ancestral seat but are captured by bandits who periodically humiliate them Abel is a pontificating fop with whom it s hard to empathize, but even he doesn t deserve to be hurled down a well and urinated and defecated upon at the captor s whims At the novel s end, I thought so what A major disappointment I loved The Crow Road.I wouldn t normally waste my time commenting on it, but you deserve a waarning about this dismal novel


  3. Breton Breton says:

    If you re going to read this book, it s best to know that it isn t for everyone This islike a novella or a short story than a novel, and the scope is very narrow, including only a handful of named characters and a setting that hardly spansthan a few miles It is a post apocalypse world, but the reason for the apocalypse, nor the state of the rest of civilization are ever even brought up But that s not what most people might have a problem with It s very dark And by that I mean VE If you re going to read this book, it s best to know that it isn t for everyone This islike a novella or a short story than a novel, and the scope is very narrow, including only a handful of named characters and a setting that hardly spansthan a few miles It is a post apocalypse world, but the reason for the apocalypse, nor the state of the rest of civilization are ever even brought up But that s not what most people might have a problem with It s very dark And by that I mean VERY dark This is The Road dark The Wasp Factory dark Anyone who s read either of those or seen The Road as it is also a movie knows what to expect while reading this There is no happiness, no silver lining, no light at the end of the tunnel In fact, it actually gets darker and darker Despite how dark the story is, the writing is incredibly poetic, probably some of the best I ve read by Mr Banks It s written in the unique second perspective, and the main character has some beautifully written inner monologues that, you could say, is the silver lining in the cloud The descriptions are soft at times and hard hitting and gritty at others, and there are two memorable action scenes that have some of the most intense descriptions I ve ever read So why did I only give this novel a 3 5 Because even I can only take so much darkness As powerful as The Wasp Factory and The Road may be, I merely liked them just as I like this book Would I suggest that the author change his story to add some happiness or even a bittersweet ending Nope This is the way he intended it to be, and like I said at the beginning of this review, it is not for everyone


  4. Manny Manny says:

    A few months ago, I recall there was a discussion in some comment thread about who might be the most unpleasant character in any good mainstream novel I m pretty sure that the top contenders were Humbert Humbert from Lolita and John Self from Money.I think that the antihero of Song of Stone is also competitive He s a bit like Humbert he writes elegantly and well it s another first person narrative , and you don t immediately realize just how creepy he is But you will You will.


  5. Kevin Kevin says:

    This is phenomenal A Song of Stone returns to the bleak and quite perverse The Wasp Factory , but with a muchdistressing story Of all the Iain Banks novels I have read I have read a lot, and still have a lotto read , this is so heavy, deep, philosophical and, yes, quite ugly of the ones I have read It is a post apocalyptic future think Mad Max, think Children of Men, think of a fallen society and there is the gist of the book A Song of Stone deals with a landowner who owned a This is phenomenal A Song of Stone returns to the bleak and quite perverse The Wasp Factory , but with a muchdistressing story Of all the Iain Banks novels I have read I have read a lot, and still have a lotto read , this is so heavy, deep, philosophical and, yes, quite ugly of the ones I have read It is a post apocalyptic future think Mad Max, think Children of Men, think of a fallen society and there is the gist of the book A Song of Stone deals with a landowner who owned a Castle estate , and the rampaging bandits take control of it The narrator, Abel is his name, is the inheritor of this estate, and his musings throughout the book become darker and darker as he watches his property become ravaged by the bandits Themes, many different themes are contained within the book Soul searching stuff, touching on his wife sister, Morgan, I believe and how much love he showed for her I will not give too much away here you really need to read it , but the ending left me speechless and quite distressed Quite numb The prose is first person narrative, and it incredibly dense and literate, dealing with Abels reminiscing about his past which links to the future There isreminiscing than actual plot to be honest the last two chapters I had to wade through, not because it was boring, but because of the narrators philosophising left me re reading paragraphs The whole book needs to be re read Upsetting and a very tragic ending, which I guess was expected the whole build up throughout the book leads to a sad, tragic, ugly ending I will give this 5 stars, but to be honest it really will take another reading to get where Iain Banks is coming from, plus a dictionary at hand too Going to have a lie down for a moment


  6. Alex Alex says:

    You d be lucky to find any other author who would take such a risk as to publish a novel as vague and philosophical as this one, and then throw in the dark themes that emerge towards the end I won t say much to avoid spoilers, but this is one of those novels where the plot is the least important part the inner dialogue of our narrator is how we move forward It goes to some dark places and leaves much unsaid, but Banks prose is beautifully written and thematically dense in a way that never fe You d be lucky to find any other author who would take such a risk as to publish a novel as vague and philosophical as this one, and then throw in the dark themes that emerge towards the end I won t say much to avoid spoilers, but this is one of those novels where the plot is the least important part the inner dialogue of our narrator is how we move forward It goes to some dark places and leaves much unsaid, but Banks prose is beautifully written and thematically dense in a way that never feels overwhelming It left me feeling like I d tackled something significant, even though it s relatively throwaway even when compared to his other novels Not essential, by any means, but a pleasure to read


  7. Nicky Nicky says:

    I don t think I m gonna try reading muchby Iain Banks minus the M It s well written perhaps a little florid, in this one , but it just doesn t appeal to me There s some crossover, even, but it s just different The dark moments in his Culture novels just ring differently to the darkness of these books, for me.It just didn t feel like a story, to me, just unpleasantness for the sake of it.


  8. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    Set in a contemporary or recent past , vaguely Eastern European country, torn by civil war, this is an insular, even claustrophobic tale which mixes philosophy and perversion In it s non specificity, it almost feels like a fantasy setting, but there are no supernatural elements in the book Stylistically and even thematically, it reminded me very strongly of Hermann Hesse but much, much nastier The writing is also, however, just full of hilariously clever, witty turns of phrase.The book Set in a contemporary or recent past , vaguely Eastern European country, torn by civil war, this is an insular, even claustrophobic tale which mixes philosophy and perversion In it s non specificity, it almost feels like a fantasy setting, but there are no supernatural elements in the book Stylistically and even thematically, it reminded me very strongly of Hermann Hesse but much, much nastier The writing is also, however, just full of hilariously clever, witty turns of phrase.The book begins with an aristocratic couple fleeing their castle along with a host ofplebeian refugees However, escape is not to be A female military lieutenant stops them and decides to commandeer their services and their home as barracks for her men.The story is presented solely through the eyes of the lord of the manor Abel No other point of view is presented, and he s rather odd, psychologically, which gives the other characters a strangely flat feel Some reviewers criticized this as a failure of characterization, but it s definitely an intentional part of the writing it s not that the people lack character or voice, but that Abel does not perceive them fully.As might be expected when a number of rag tag guerilla type fighters are garrisoned in a beautiful medieval estate unpleasant things happen But are the aristocrats innocent victims of a brutal conflict Are their self centered and perverse secrets somehow, indirectly responsible Is the violence and crudity of the soldiers a symbol for the state of the common man Or are all these things just incidental, presented for shock value After a slow build up of unpleasantness, it ends with a quite entertaining twisted religious allegoryLots to think about but also quite fun


  9. Brett Brett says:

    The other reviews here all cover the plot sufficiently well that I have no need to do the same What I d like to add is an opinion on what the message of the story is.To me, this is a tale about the impermanence, the transient nature of all things We know that life will end we never admit that love comes to an end, although we should But above all, even that which seems permanent and impregnable to us will one day cease to be indeed, once it never even was This is the castle This is the so The other reviews here all cover the plot sufficiently well that I have no need to do the same What I d like to add is an opinion on what the message of the story is.To me, this is a tale about the impermanence, the transient nature of all things We know that life will end we never admit that love comes to an end, although we should But above all, even that which seems permanent and impregnable to us will one day cease to be indeed, once it never even was This is the castle This is the song of stone.I drop a star for the rather obscure nature of the story s underpinning message, which is so easy to miss and leads to the easy sense of dissatisfaction it leaves you with It gets a star back for having made me contemplate such things unexpectedly some hours later It got under my skin, but not because of the debauched nature of the content.The lead character s overly poetic delivery was rather tiresome though and I thought about giving up halfway through, a first for me reading Banks Another star gone, I m afraid


  10. Tracy Tracy says:

    Song of Stoneshas a rather literary feel, in that it isthematically centered than plot driven The story itself is actually quite simple In fact, the main tug through the story is provided by unraveling the mysterious relationship between the narrator, his lover, and their castle, which functions almost as a character.Even if the story were completely lacking, though, the language would be compelling It is rich, poetic, full of striking imagery and intriguing wordplay Though thereSong of Stoneshas a rather literary feel, in that it isthematically centered than plot driven The story itself is actually quite simple In fact, the main tug through the story is provided by unraveling the mysterious relationship between the narrator, his lover, and their castle, which functions almost as a character.Even if the story were completely lacking, though, the language would be compelling It is rich, poetic, full of striking imagery and intriguing wordplay Though there are a few sections of philosophical contemplation that get a bit tired


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A Song of Stone [Reading] ➸ A Song of Stone Author Iain Banks – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A European nation not unlike Bosnia armed forces roam the lawless land where dark columns of smoke rise up from the surrounding farms and houses The war is ending, perhaps ended But for the castle and A European nation not unlike Bosnia armed forces roam the lawless land where dark columns of smoke rise up from the surrounding farms and houses The war is ending, perhaps ended But for the castle and its occupants, a young lord and lady, the trouble is just beginningFearing an invasion of soldiers, the amorous couple takes to the road with the other refugees, disguised in rags But A Song MOBI :Ê the brutal female lieutenant of an outlaw band of guerrillas has other ideas Just hours into their escape, the fleeing aristocrats are delivered back to the castle, where, now prisoners in their own home, they become pawns in the lieutenant s dangerous game of desire, deceit, and death A Song of Stone demonstrates Iain Banks s unique ability to combine gripping narrative with a soaring, voyaging imagination This noir fable confirms his reputation as the master of things dark and debauched Singular, haunting, and viciously wry, A Song of Stone is a tour de force of contemporary fiction.