Ian Kirk's Recommended Reading

"I'm the best at what I do. But what I do isn't very sensible."

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Iain Banks

The first thing to say about Iain Banks books is, well, don't count on happy endings. They do happen (I suspect to soften you up for the next book's tragic conclusion), but not that frequently. Far more likely is that the ambitions of the central character (don't count on that character being terribly heroic, either) are utterly and irrecovably frustrated - and that's if things turn out well. In more extreme cases the destruction of the character's life, loved ones, country or even planet has been known to happen...

To try to allow you to prepare yourself for whatever Banksey may offer, I've assigned my own patent "Hangman's Noose" rating to those of his books I've read; these will hopefully give you some idea of how liable to top yourself you'll be after finishing the book in question.

Here are the ratings on offer, and how serious you should regard each one as being:

Cheer up, it might never happen! Cheer up, it might never happen!
Worse things happen at sea Worse things happen at sea
Things might look better tomorrow Things might look better tomorrow
Pass the Prozac Pass the Prozac
Pass the razor blade Pass the razor blade
Smile! Smile! All is well with the world!!! (Not many Banks books finish this way...)

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