Wednesday, December 31
Book Review: A Song of Stone
Author: Iain M. Banks
Summary: The war is ending, perhaps ended. For the castle and its occupants the troubles are just beginning. Armed gangs roam a lawless land where each farm and house supports a column of dark smoke. Taking to the roads with the other refugees, anonymous in their raggedness, seems safer than remaining in the ancient keep. However, the lieutenant of an outlaw band
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I liked the book, the writing was wonderful, although the style of the writing threw me, it did add something to the book. But, while I enjoyed the book, I didn't exactly love it, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
One of the things that through me was that the castle and setting has this old gothic feel to it, but technologies including cars, trucks and modern guns have a big presence in the book. Even with conflicting pieces of the setting, the author made it work, and I really enjoyed that aspect of the book.
The war torn themes were also well done, as were the characters. The lieutenant was well written, and I think fit the feel to the story. It's a brutal read, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting, although it does fit with the themes of war and desperation. This book was slow paced, and I'm not sure if I liked that aspect or not.
It did take me a while to get used to the writing style. It being written partially in first person and in second person was a very different reading experience, and it took a while for me to get used to that. I'm not sure how I feel about the writing ploy, it worked and didn't work for me all at the same time. Had I liked the characters more, I think it would have helped how I reacted to them, and I definitely think it would have made me feel more part of the story, but it was still an interesting writing ploy.
Would I recommend it to read: I probably would. It was a good read, it just wasn't exactly what I was expecting.
What to read next: More books by the author
Challenges: 100+ Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, Read Scotland Challenge