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The Crow Road
The Crow Road | Iain Banks
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When Prentice McHoan returns to his home town of Gallanach he meets a former girlfriend of his missing uncle Rory, who provides him with a folder of Rory's writings that inspires him to seek out the man who had disappeared eight years earlier.
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Lcsmcat
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Eggs Love the design! 1mo
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suvata
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Continuing my TBR project:
This is one the oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added November 5, 2015.

Basically, this is a coming of age story. It is set in a fictional village outside of Glasgow, Scotland. The main character is a boy named Prentice. It is also a bit of a mystery because while Prentice is trying to “find himself“ he is also trying to find out what happened to his Uncle Rory who mysteriously disappeared.

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rabbitprincess
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I read this mainly for Peter Capaldi reasons (he plays Uncle Rory in the miniseries) and found it to be very very good (although I was less crazy about the occasional sex scene -- I had to squint-read at those points). The sort of book that benefits from a weekend or a vacation to read it on.

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TrishB
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Thanks Libby! Only just had chance to collect from PO 😘 you may be sorry offering a place to stay!

jhod And thanks for your parcel Trish! I forgot to take a pic and am now away - but i love the post its and magnets! 🤩 7mo
TrishB @jhod glad they arrived 👍🏻 7mo
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arlenefinnigan
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TrishB Great read 👍🏻 10mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB my favourite Iain Banks so far 10mo
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Libby1
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Thanks so much for the lovely parcel, @jhod , and sorry it took me so long to post about it. I think you chose this traveling book, right @TrishB ? I‘m looking forward to it!

TrishB We‘re a bit behind on these! Yours is on my get on with it this month! Hope you like this one 😁 (edited) 10mo
Emiller Love the pillow!! 😻 10mo
Libby1 Thanks, @Emiller ! Don‘t worry about being behind, @TrishB . I haven‘t started The Crow Road yet. 10mo
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TrishB Phew....I have no plans this weekend and I know it‘s a little book so 🤞🏻 9mo
Libby1 @TrishB and @jhod - who does this go to next? I‘m sorry I‘m so behind! 8mo
TrishB I‘m very behind too, don‘t feel I‘ve been on top of this!! Thoughts and directions appreciated! 8mo
Libby1 @TrishB - no problem! Do you have any idea who I‘m meant to send it to next? I‘ve finished now. 😊 8mo
TrishB I‘m supposed to send mine to Jess, but haven‘t as I thought I was waiting for something. Is it Ali @Balibee146 ? 8mo
Balibee146 I've been useless.. Still got the book @jhod sent me... Sorry.... I will prioritise it next so if no one else to read Crow Rd I'm up for that too. Xx 8mo
Libby1 Great, @Balibee146 ! No rush and no pressure. I just like to make sure I don‘t forget to send them on when I finish them. Do I have your address? 8mo
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jhod
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Loved this! Wasn't what I was expecting at all, having previously read the wasp factory, it was a brilliant coming of age story - family disagreements, love and death. Finished on a packed, smelly train back south - nothing pretty about my view!

Now @TrishB @Libby1 @Balibee146 this was one of our #reading1001 books.... Who shall I send it onto now?!

TrishB That‘s a timely reminder to read the next one I‘ve had off @Libby1 for ages! Not sure who it goes to next sorry! I loved this book 💕 12mo
kezzlou85 I've read this and really enjoyed the story 12mo
jhod @kezzlou85 Yes I thought it was great, so many layers! 12mo
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Balibee146 Eeeek I still have yours unread @jhod ive been useless this year.... I now have a sewer pipe blocked in our driveway... I hate 2018....i will read yours and pass on shortly.... Then.... After that.... if no other takers I'll take this for a welcome revisit .... Must have read it a dozen times... Used to read every year but its been a while 📖👍 12mo
jhod @Balibee146 oh no, sounds rubbish! Here's to a much better 2019! Great, I will send on soon - think it must go you to Libby, Libby to Trish, Trish to me, me to you... don't worry - we have all been a bit sh*t! 12mo
Libby1 Hi, @jhod , @Balibee146 , @TrishB - I haven‘t received anything from this exchange yet! 🤣 Looking forward to this whenever it‘s my turn. 😊 11mo
Balibee146 @Libby1 @jhod @TrishB 😘😘😘 how about Crow Road goes to Libby then xxx 11mo
TrishB Sounds like a plan @Libby1 @Balibee146 I will read mine in next couple of weeks and send to Jess! 11mo
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jhod
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Thanks @trishb for the next #1001books for me, looking forward to this one! And especially for the penguin book, fab bookmark and postcard of where you work! Brilliant!

TrishB Glad it arrived safely 👍🏻 hope you enjoy the book. 2y
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Balibee146
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1. It is a bit dreich in Scotland (grey, threatening rain)
2. Romance and Chick Lit
3. Read, relax, dogwalks on the beach and visit historic sites (for me) and waterparks (for my boys)
4. Red brick and brownish
5. Pride and Prejudice and The Crow Road have joint first
#HumpDayPost @mindea

Lcsmcat I love the word “dreich!” I can see so many uses for it. How do you pronounce it? Also, The Crow Road has been on my TBR for awhile now. I think I need to bump it up. 2y
Balibee146 @Lcsmcat it is a fab word.... Dree-ch.... With the ch said like a Scottish person would say Loch if your throat can manage it lol xx 2y
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TrishB
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What an absolutely bloody brilliant book!! Family drama, deaths, mysteries, love, life and the fantastic Scottish countryside. Great political and musical asides.
I can see why this book has all the love from other Litsy friends @Balibee146 @DeborahSmall @arlenefinnigan
Read as part of #1001bookstoread - fellow group members who haven‘t yet read I hope you love it as much as me.

arlenefinnigan Great isn't it? Also possibly the funniest sex scene in 20th century literature 😉 2y
Teakillamockingbird @TrishB sounds fab I‘m so looking forward to reading this and the others xx 2y
Libby1 Yippee! I‘m looking forward to it. 2y
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TrishB @arlenefinnigan 😂😂 yep! 2y
TrishB @Teakillamockingbird @Libby1 so glad I read it 👍🏻 2y
Balibee146 @TrishB I'm so so happy you loved it.... It gets better with re reads 😉😘 2y
TrishB @Balibee146 I‘m not a massive fan of re-reads but I can see this in the future! 2y
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Balibee146
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No brainer for today's #marchinbooks prompt
IT WAS THE DAY MY GRANDMOTHER EXPLODED. #firstline #openingline
@maich

Kaye Wow 😮 now that‘s an eye opening line ! 2y
JuliaTheBookNerd That‘s an awesome opening line! I‘ve never read this book but now I think I have to 🤯😊 2y
Balibee146 @JuliaTheBookNerd it is my favourite Banks novel.... Some of his work is cold and brutal but this has a warm heart as the man himself seems to have had 👍 2y
TrishB I‘ve just finished it 💜💜 2y
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TrishB
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#socksunday #marchintobooks
I would love to stay up and read some more, but, sighs....work tomorrow 😔

Balibee146 Sweet dreams.... From the bookmark looks like you made substantial progress! xx 2y
TrishB @Balibee146 really enjoying it ❤️ 2y
Caroline2 Awesome socks! 😉 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 😁💕👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts Loving the socks ❤️ 2y
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TrishB
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Starting this morning for #1001bookstoreadbeforeyoudie
Must remember to make notes!!

Libby1 Yippee!!! Can‘t wait. That‘s a beautiful cover. 2y
Caroline2 Was this turned into a BBC programme years ago?! 🤔 I loved that series!! 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 not sure! I‘m not a big telly person- can‘t believe I hadn‘t read the book either though. 2y
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Christine11 Lovely cover ! 2y
Balibee146 @Caroline2 it was.... And it was bloody awful.... Dreadful casting of most of the mains.... Honourable mention to Peter Capaldi as Rory though.... Avoid! This book has one of my favourite phrases from Banks 'the sea was a taste'.... Unfortunately I'm pretty sure it's in there twice lol. I also know where all the typos are in the typesetting #nerd #obsessed 😉 2y
TrishB @Balibee146 maybe they‘ve disappeared in this version!! 2y
JazzFeathers Love that cover 😍 2y
Balibee146 @TrishB maybe 😉 but if each chapter heading has a wee design same as the cover it's probably still the original typesetting. I have had several copies over the last 20+ years and the innards were always the same even when they changed the cover for a spell. Looking forward to it is - like meeting an old friend... Hope you enjoy it! 😘 2y
Balibee146 @Caroline2 Oooops sorry just realised I send you said you loved the series.... Wasn't trying to be rude lol... Just a diehard novel fan.... Glad you enjoyed it 💗💗 2y
TrishB @Balibee146 loving it so far! 2y
DeborahSmall @Balibee146 @TrishB such a great book! It could be time for a reread. Enjoy 😘 2y
Balibee146 Yay @TrishB I was doing my arts degree in the same departments at University of Glasgow in the same years this is set so loved reading with that perspective of the setting 😁 2y
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Ms_T
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Mehso-so

Received for free from #NetGalley and completed last month.

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kezzlou85
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My reads for December and my total for the entire year. December was a good month and I'm impressed with the fact I read 144 books through the year, My target was only 100.

Happy New Year all.

Dulcinella 😍💐💐🥂 2y
kezzlou85 @Dulcinella thank you 💜 2y
JessClark78 Happy New Year! 2y
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kezzlou85 @JessClark78 thank you 💜 2y
SilversReviews Love your book journal. 144 books is awesome. 2y
kezzlou85 @SilversReviews aww thank you.💜 2y
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kezzlou85
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This is not my normal sort of read and some of the descriptions were a bit much but in keeping with the tone of the book. The story however is so good. I really enjoyed it.

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Ms_T
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What a nice surprise in my inbox from #NetGalley 😃

Balibee146 My favourite Banks novel. I was at Glasgow University doing an Arts and Humanities degree at the same time as this is set #nostalgia 2y
Ms_T @Balibee146 There seems to be a lot of Litsy love for it judging by the reviews. I‘ve not read a Banks novel before so I‘m looking forward to diving in. 2y
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Liz_M
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I read this book too long ago to remember much more than really enjoying it. But I won't forget the #firstsentence anytime soon. #1001books

Tagging @Ole, @Kristelh, @AceOnRoam

BarbaraBB Great one. I don‘t remember the rest of the book neither though 😀 2y
AceOnRoam Thanks @Liz_M for thinking of me! I haven't read this one yet but have posted mine. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Nice. I‘ve only read his books with the M. This is yet another reminder that I should try the M.-less ones. 2y
Liz_M @TobeyTheScavengerMonk And I have never read anything by Ian M. Banks. What do you recommend? 2y
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Balibee146
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#MeetTheLittens
1. Scotland
2. The Crow Road, Iain Banks or Pride and Prejudice
3. Discworld especially The Watch books
4. 12 Angry Men or The Usual Suspects
5. Sherlock or Star Trek
6. Ellie Goulding, Sugarcubes
7. Purple
8. Fantasy
9. I work outside with animals.... Escaped the desk job after 22 looking years, yay!
10. Rosie The Vizsla, three cats: mummy Spook and two of her kittens called Cinder and Toots

rachelm 12 Angry Men ❤️ 3y
kricheal Sugarcubes! 3y
Balibee146 @kricheal saw them live at a small Glasgow venue about 1989 - magnificent! 3y
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Balibee146 @rachelm The fabulous Mr Fonda xx 3y
kricheal @Balibee146 I can't even imagine! 3y
I-read-and-eat Your job sounds great! Good for you 😉 3y
tpixie Great job leap!! 🐶🐱🦊🐻🐼🐷🐨🐵🐯 3y
Balibee146 @I-read-and-eat you @tpixie cheers...I'm very lucky these days... That desk job office was hell :-0 3y
Megabooks Star Trek 🖖🏻🖖🏻 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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#RecommendedBy #ReadJanuary
I asked my friend Duncan to recommend a starting point for Iain Banks a few years ago. He's so far sent me 5 of his books. This is my favourite so far.

Joybishoptx Love Iain Banks! ❤💕 3y
arlenefinnigan @Joybishoptx he really is quite something. A unique, and frequently disturbing, imagination. 3y
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Balibee146
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It was the day my grandmother exploded. #greatfirstlines #booktober

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jdtchicago
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People can be teachers and idiots; they can be philosophers and idiots; they can be politicians and idiots... in fact I think they have to be... a genius can be an idiot. The world is largely run for and by idiots; it is no great handicap in life and in certain areas is actually a distinct advantage and even a prerequisite for advancement.

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ChelseyQuack
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Starting this tonight! Haven't read a Banks novel in a couple years, a major oversight given my love for the Wasp Factory. 💕

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