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Wasp Factory
Wasp Factory | Iain Banks
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.
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deirdrebeecher
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Holy Shit how have I not read this book before? Still has massive impact in 2019, must have been like a bomb going off in 1985. Dark, murderous, Scottish noir. It is not perfect but it is the opposite of bland.

Balibee146 Fab you had such a visceral reaction to it and yes I bought it in Edinburgh the week it was published and it caused quite a kerfuffle RIP Iain Banks, sorely missed ❤️❤️ 4mo
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Red.Reads
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Well, it's still a messed up book, but I'm still as fascinated by Iain Banks' writing as ever.

Just 4 hours left to complete for this #24in48 #readathon. I might go with another #audiobook but I need brain fuel, so I'm off to have some dinner before I make my final book choice for this weekend. ..

@24in48

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Red.Reads
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I needed some a more passive approach to this #readathon to give my eyes a bit of a rest, so I've opted for this messed up and insane novel by Ian Banks.
I've read it before, so I know what to expect, but it's still very out there...

31 hours in, 17 to go...

#24in48 @24in48 #iainbanks #audiobook

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krissylovesbooks75
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Well, tomorrow is the day I have lumpectomy surgery. I won't lie, I am freaking out! But trying to relax with a book...about a kid...who's a killer...Yeah, that'll distract me 😂

cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts! 8mo
krissylovesbooks75 Thank you! 8mo
JoScho You got this! Sending love 💗 8mo
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krissylovesbooks75 ❤❤ I appreciate it! 8mo
CouronneDhiver I‘m saying a prayer for you, friend. Health stuff can feel scary, but everything will work out ok. 8mo
krissylovesbooks75 Thank you! 8mo
ravenlee Sending much love and luck! 💗💗💗 8mo
krissylovesbooks75 All of you are wonderful! The surgery went well, all the cancer was removed, and I'm home resting and reading! 8mo
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Rebonkula

“Leviticus, a person of such weapon-grade stupidity his mental faculties would probably have improved with the onset of senile dementia...”

Rebonkula I don‘t know whether to be tickled or ticked that I relate so well with this main... 8mo
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candority
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I‘m sorry @LauraJ, but this #NewYearWhoDis recommendation did not work for me. While I enjoyed the layering of secrets and the nonlinear way in which they were revealed, overall, I thought this novel was dreadful... I had to slog my way through most of it, while periodically feeling sick due to the detailed descriptions of animal torture and deaths of family members. I respect your opinion, as well as others who loved it, but it wasn‘t for me.

monalyisha Eek! On to the next! 🙈 11mo
candority @monalyisha Exactly - they can‘t all be winners! (edited) 11mo
BarbaraBB I‘m with you @LauraJ , loved this book 🖤 11mo
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AshleyHoss820
Wasp Factory | Iain Banks
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⚠️ Animal/Child/Generally-all-sorts Cruelty⚠️
This book is a TRIP! Our main character is a self-aware psychopath/murderer. And the entire book is one bonkers, cuckoo journey through his life. And the ending? Didn‘t see it. It‘s a BAD book but in a holy-💩-what-am-I-reading way. Not for everyone, I‘ll admit. But I dig it. 154/1,001 #1001Books
📷: tessafarmer.com (just wanna throw out there, this isn‘t how I envisioned The Clock...)

vivastory I love this book. It's wild! 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory YES!! Excellent way to describe it! 11mo
zsuzsanna_reads I loved it too! 11mo
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AshleyHoss820 @zsuzsanna_reads Yes!! I‘m in good company!! 😊😊 11mo
BookwormM I expected to hate this based on the blurb but I ended up really enjoying it 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @BookwormM After glancing through GoodReads reviews, I was expecting to hate it too but I did end up liking it because it was such an odd book! 😊 11mo
Daisey I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected! 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Daisey Same here! 😊 11mo
Liz_M I'm glad you enjoyed this bizarre, not-for-everyone novel. I, too, found it fascinating! 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Liz_M Yes, it is definitely not for everyone and that‘s okay! It‘s rare that an author will take on the mind of a psychopath! 😊 11mo
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AshleyHoss820
Wasp Factory | Iain Banks
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I‘ve been in a reading slump...😩🙄😩 SO, I put back the books I was reading, re-did my TBR Bowl of Destiny to include EVERY book I own (not just the #1001Books) and I‘m starting fresh! First book from the #TBRBowlOfDestiny is Wasp Factory! Here‘s to ending the dreaded slump! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

Redwritinghood 🤞🏻🤞🏻 11mo
readordierachel Good luck! 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Redwritinghood @readordierachel Thanks, you guys!! Let‘s hope this works! 😊😊 11mo
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vivastory
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🎶Well, everybody better move over, that's all
'Cause I'm running on the bad side...🎶
It is a bit of an understatement to say that Frank Cauldhame is running on the bad side. Sinister & full of dark humor, this one is unforgettable.
#WinterWonderland
@Cinfhen @TrishB

Cinfhen So I‘ve heard 😱 12mo
TrishB Read a long time ago! 12mo
Ruthiella This book was SO DISTURBING! 😱 12mo
sprainedbrain Great book. 12mo
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huntersmom1977
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You want a SERIAL KILLER? Because that‘s how SERIAL KILLERS are made! Creepy book but oh such a thrilling read
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Parvez
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The Wasp Factory, by Iain Banks, has garnered many accolades since its initial release in 1984. The book has appeared on a number of greatest horror lists and in a poll was even named one of the top 100 novels of the century. To some, Banks is a visionary crafting a tale of the macabre. While others have viewed The Wasp Factory as little more than nonsensical garbage. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

SqueakyChu I really liked this novel. It was so creepy! I see this as a book that will either be loved or hated by individual readers. (edited) 1y
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Parvez
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Omg! Omg! Omg!
Look what I found.

Library haul

Minervasbutler Ooh read this one years and years ago! Remember it as being really good. 1y
MStew Love cover 1y
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Reagan-reads
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😑 I finished this book last month and I just cannot deal. I‘m still not sure if I liked it but... it has burrowed into my brain 😑 This is the book version of The Human Centipede. It‘s a part of my life now, and once in a while, when I least expect it, parts come back to haunt me. So I guess it‘s kind of ruined my life forever. I think I liked it. Maybe.

RadicalReader @Reagan-reads I thought the movie of the Human Centipede was definitely the most unique film that was ever released. I love mysterious and suspenseful books. 1y
Reagan-reads I loved the first movie, the second I had to watch over several days and I really thought it was just for shock value. There were parts of that movie that I will suddenly remember and be disturbed by and that is how The Wasp Factory felt to me. I think I will have a lot of affection for it as I get some distance. It was very disturbing. 1y
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vivastory
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Frank Cauldhame, the narrator of Banks unclassifiable, undeniably macabre, novel is an adolescent murderer. He lives with his eccentric father when his brother, who he refers to as insane, escapes from an asylum. Frank receives strange phone calls from his brother as he seems to be making his way home. Frank spends his days in elaborate, grotesque rituals with the Factory & other ceremonial sites. He also recounts his family's tragic history, 👇

vivastory filled with anecdotes brimming with black humor. Banks debut novel tackles the evil child trope with a dark sensibility & passages of great power. Not for everyone, but I loved it. 1y
LeahBergen This is one I‘ve meant to read for years. 1y
Reagan-reads When I got to the part, I shouted. Glad I read it, but would never reread. 1y
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Bookwomble I loved this when it came out, but somehow I've never been able to connect with Banks's other works. 1y
vivastory @Reagan-reads Same here. I'm usually not a fan of surprise endings, but Banks really pulled off this one. It really added a meaningful layer & made me rethink the book. 1y
vivastory @Bookwomble This was my first Banks, I've heard good things about 1y
vivastory @LeahBergen I think you're sensibilities are macabre enough to appreciate it 😄 1y
Bookwomble @vivastory My next book after The Wasp Factory was The Bridge, and I just couldn't get into it. I've also heard The Crow Road is very good, so if you read it I'll look forward to your review 😊 1y
RealBooks4ever This has been on my list forever! I wonder why I haven‘t come across any editions? Did it go out of print at some point? 🤔 1y
Liz_M I enjoyed both Wasp Factory and The Crow. Very different types of stories, though. The latter has the best first sentence ever. 1y
vivastory @Liz_M "It was the day my grandmother exploded." That's definitely one of the best opening sentences I know of! 1y
Liz_M 😁 😁 😁 1y
RadicalReader @vivastory definitely a huge “ what the heck did I just read?!” Moment 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 1y
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Wasp Factory | Iain Banks
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I'm not sure if starting this book after several glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon is the best decision I've made recently...

Swe_Eva 😂 That one might just be best without the tipple. Or maybe better with... 😂 1y
merelybookish Im watching Three Billboards in Ebbinv, Missouri after a few as well. 🙂🍷🍷🍷 1y
merelybookish That would be Ebbing. 😂 1y
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Leftcoastzen 😂That is some dense prose!🍷 1y
sprainedbrain This book was a trip. 🤪 1y
BarbaraBB You may be glad for the wine, this is such a weird book! 1y
MStew I wanna read this 1y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Love Banks! But I‘ve only read his science fiction. If you dig this, try 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This book kinda messed me up 😶 1y
2BR02B @TobeyTheScavengerMonk If I didn't like Consider Phlebas, should I read 1y
2BR02B I'm told it's very different/more approachable 1y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @2BR02B Yes! I compulsively read things in publishing order, but I have seen many people say that is probably a better place to start with the Culture novels. I‘ve read the first 6 so far and each one stands completely on its own. 1y
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posierope
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Well, I'm not sure what to say. Utterly vile and completely engrossing. Couldn't put it down, just through sheer morbid curiosity. Reads like a science fiction, like the private thoughts of a mad teenager stuck on Mars, but horrifyingly real and not really another planet but an island in Scotland.

Bleurgh. I loved it!

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MStew
Wasp Factory | Iain Banks
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This is on my the for one of the books I own that sounds really terrifying to me . This takes us into the mind of a 16 year old psychopath and what makes him tick..... these sorta books scare me more than monsters. #horror #book #horrorfiction #booklover #booknerd #scary

Supersteph This is a great one though. Loved it ☺️ 1y
Herschelian This is a bl**dy brilliant book - with a great opening, it was turn into a great TV series, back in the day, by BBC Scotland. Read and enjoy,,!! 1y
MStew @Herschelian 😃😃 thank you 1y
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MStew @Supersteph yay😍 1y
sprainedbrain A very good book! 1y
trioxin_sematary I heard this was good, I'm putting it on my tbr tower! 😋😚 1y
MStew @trioxin_sematary hahaha the tower lol😬 😚 1y
MStew @sprainedbrain 🤓🤓 1y
Happy1848 This is his best book. his others are good too. Esp crow road. but wasp factory is just awesome 1y
MStew @Happy1848 awesome l will check out crow road , I only have this and stonemouth I wanted to read stonemouth because it's set in Scotland 😄 1y
Happy1848 @meghan2714 I think all but a couple are set in ecosse. (For example canal dreams) try complicity too. That's a good Scottish banks book 1y
MStew @Happy1848 thanks gonna give them a look now !!!!😊 1y
MStew @Happy1848 complicity sounds really good! 1y
Happy1848 @meghan2714 sorry not trying to add to your tbr list. But espedair street is good too (and a real place) 1y
MStew @Happy1848 😂it's ok that's what litsy is for !! Thanks for recommendations!! 1y
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JenP
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Clearly there is something wrong with me bc I actually liked this book. The writing is brilliant, the plot is very disturbing but gripping, the characters are challenging, and the ending is very strange.

I did have to skim through some parts that were too graphic and upsetting for me to read - animal cruelty. Read this for Scotland #backpackEurope

And now I‘m off to Ireland, hopefully with a more pleasant book

BookishMe I know I can count on Cecelia Ahern for a little touch of magic in her Irish stories (not so much in her recent books) 1y
BarbaraBB I loved this book too of course (despite the subject!) 😘 1y
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Daisey I enjoyed this book way more than I expected as well! 1y
Liz_M Same here! 1y
JenP @Daisey @Liz_M @BarbaraBB well, I‘m glad I‘m in such good company! 1y
BookwormM Me too I expected to hate it but ended up really enjoying it 1y
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JenP
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I‘m taking a stroll along the sand dunes in Northeastern Scotland. It‘s beautiful and peaceful. But some creep has been decapitating mice and gulls and leaving their heads on top of poles.

#backpackEurope

wanderinglynn Um, that‘s super creepy! But beautiful view! 1y
Weaponxgirl That's really horrible but is it wrong when I laughed at seeing your book choice since its perfect. 1y
JenP @Weaponxgirl haha, no. I‘m traveling to Scotland virtually via this book. 1y
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Weaponxgirl @JenP 😂 very ominous 1y
ephemeralwaltz 😂😂👏 1y
TheBookKeepers Omg 😲 1y
JenP @TheBookKeepers it‘s from the book. I‘m not really there. Reading challenge #backpackEurope 😂 thankfully I‘m not really seeing mouse and gull heads 1y
TheBookKeepers Oh hahahahaha!!!! Well I feel silly lmao!! 🤣 1y
JenP @TheBookKeepers 😂🤣 you are not alone. I think we are confusing half of Litsy with our travels. 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ha! This book creeped me out! 😫 1y
Simona I liked this book, is so messed up! 1y
BookwormM I actually enjoyed this book and I was sure I would hate it 1y
Happy1848 Awesome book. Love the me of Scotland 1y
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JenP
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Next stop Scotland. #backpackEurope #1001books

I might struggle with this one bc I‘ve been warned about the animal cruelty at the beginning 🙁

Cinfhen Happy travels 💕 1y
JenP Thanks! I picked a short one to hopefully catch up with you in Ireland. We should photoshop ourselves into photo of us at an Irish pub 🤣 1y
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KristinaRay
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I just stopped reading it. I put it down and I just don't have enough desire to pick it back up. It's okay, not gripping me. I'm pretty sure I see where it's going, and though I'm curious to know what's in the rest, not enough to keep reading.

#disturbing

DivaDiane That‘s too bad. You could just skip to the end. 😊 1y
KristinaRay I looked up the ending online to satisfy my curiosity. I see why this book has left such an impact. 1y
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LiterRohde
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“Looking at me, you'd never guess I'd killed three people. It isn‘t fair.”

While Banks is known today for science fiction, most notably, the Culture series, his first book was not science fiction. The Wasp Factory is a strange, and violent, and funny, and dark, and completely unreliable rite of passage. I read this a few years ago. And, of course, I liked it.

#ReadingResolutions | 5: #UnderratedBook

📷: Made with Typorama

Weaponxgirl The sheep on fire! It's awful but I did laugh at the time. 2y
Herschelian There was a brilliant TV series of The Wasp Factory on UK TV some years ago, think it was made by BBC Scotland. Well worth hunting down on Amazon or Netflicks. 2y
RadicalReader @LiterRohde absolutely stunningly creepy description I had to add it to my TBR 1y
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A friend gave me this book, telling me it's her favourite & she'd love me to read it. It's nice when someone wants to share a part of themselves in that way so of course I accepted. I'm now questioning my friend's mind! Ha! Gothic it definitely is and I found it deeply disturbing at times. It's not a comfortable read by any means but it made me smile and even laugh. I did sort of enjoy it, I think And to think I gave her Jane Eyre in return!

RadicalReader @RedLeaves best gift one can give is the joy and wonderful key to a world filled of wonder thanks to beautiful books 1y
RedLeaves @RadicalReader Definitely I've tried my best to impart the gift on my children, at least one of them seems to have got the bug! 1y
RadicalReader @RedLeaves one bug parents can be happy to spread along 1y
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jhod
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Thanks @samharnold for the bookmark and reading journal which I LOVE!!! As well as the marked up book with yours, @DivaDiane and @Balibee146 comments - love the mark up club! Thank you!

samharnold You are more than welcome glad you liked the extras. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience x 2y
Balibee146 Awww that's great @jhod @samharnold had to go away with work at short notice so not been to Post Office....really sorry. Back home Sunday so will post on Monday xx 2y
DivaDiane It was great fun! Had to hide the books from my husband. He was horrified! 🤣Can‘t wait to get The Lathe of Heaven back to see all your comments! 2y
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jhod @DivaDiane it will be with you by may I promise! X 2y
DivaDiane @jhod Oh no worries! Will I see you today at the meet up?!? I hope so! 2y
jhod @DivaDiane Yes! Great! 2y
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samharnold
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I originally tried to read this book five years ago. I think I completed a couple of chapters before I gave in. This time I read the book as part of a book club. Whether it was the comments from the other readers or a change of outlook but this time I really enjoyed the read.
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DivaDiane Oh, I‘m glad. It‘s brutal, yes. But a really fascinating read. 2y
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001 #AWaspADay

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I didn‘t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, from the description I was not expecting to like this and without the Litsy buddyread I probably would not have got round to reading it.

This book is not for everyone as it involves animal torture and the murder of children but if you can make it through the 1st chapter it becomes an intriguing and compelling read.

Each new chapter reveals an aspect of 👇

BookwormM the family history that leads to Frank being how he is. The phone calls between Frank and his brother are frankly hilarious and the way Frank justifies his murders does give you something to think about. It‘s a shame the ending is so abrupt as it left me thinking WTF rather than ahh I get it know. (edited) 2y
LauraJ @BookwormM This is my second read and knowing where the story is going, it‘s easier to see the subtle foreshadowing. 2y
sprainedbrain Great review! I felt very much the same. Such good writing... I was very anxious as the tension built in the last few chapters. 2y
Daisey This sums up pretty much how I felt about this book as well. Good review! 2y
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Daisey
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What a strange, disturbing, and fascinating story, although I would have appreciated some more explanation at the end.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to buddy read this a chapter a day. It made me slow down to consider each chapter, and it gave me a different level of appreciation for the combination of violence and weird humor.

#AWaspADay #1001books

LauraJ Agreed. It was worth reading a second time with you ladies. 2y
Daisey @LauraJ I really was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I also think it would be a good book to reread and look for things relevant to the ending. 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Ummm... that ending came out of nowhere.

That said, this book was absolutely riveting throughout. It‘s dark, it‘s disturbing, and it contains animal and human abuse and death. Definitely not for everyone, but the writing is phenomenal - the way the tension built in the last chapters was masterful. Frank‘s narrative is as funny as it is freaky, but the ending was abrupt and I would have liked more.

Thanks to my reading buddies for #AWaspADay 😃

Daisey I very much agree! This book was not on my radar at all, but it was an interesting surprise that I‘m glad I had the opportunity to read as a buddy read. 2y
BarbaraBB Agree on the ending. But I loved the weirdness of the rest of the book! 2y
LauraJ “Like” is probably not the right word to describe how I feel about this book, but I do find it fascinating. Thanks for doing the buddy read @sprainedbrain If you ever need company for other weird lit, I‘m in! 2y
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sprainedbrain @Daisey sometimes that #1001books list points me to good books that I otherwise would have missed completely. 2y
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB It was weird, but so good! 2y
sprainedbrain @LauraJ thank you for reading along! I‘m positive there are some other weird ones on my tbr. 😬 2y
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BookwormM

#Reading1001 #AWaspADay

So I have finished the book going to wait and see what you guys make of that ending before reviewing.

I am still at the WTF stage

sprainedbrain I finished a little while ago... I‘m still very much in the WTF stage. 😬 2y
Daisey @BookwormM @sprainedbrain I did not see that coming! 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Full disclosure... I‘m most likely going to finish the book today, because I don‘t think I can leave one little chapter to sit until tomorrow. 😳

@jenniferw88 has already finished... anyone else plan to wrap it up today?

#AWaspADay

BookwormM I can wrap it up today 👍 2y
Daisey I can definitely do that tonight! 2y
LauraJ Yup! Happy to 😈 2y
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jenniferw88
Mehso-so

I'm a terrible buddy reader as I haven't shared anything from this book... but I haven't found anything I think worth sharing! @sprainedbrain finished a day early as the last two chapters are short.
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sprainedbrain I was going to post today that I will probably finish it a day early, too... I‘m pretty sure there‘s no way I will be able to leave one chapter 2y
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001 #AWaspADay

Think Frank needs to meet more women.

This chapter was upsetting because of the dog but I think Frank was doing the right thing by the dog surprisingly given his history.

Next chapter The Prodigal is calling to me.

LauraJ Almost finished... 2y
Daisey That ending adds an interesting perspective to this quote. 2y
RadicalReader @BookwormM he was clearly raised by a television and media wonderful attraction but not a good reason for parenting distractions 1y
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Daisey
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I had supper and then another chapter of The Wasp Factory (not a book to read while eating 😂), and there‘s some interesting explanation in this chapter. Also on the food topic, I liked seeing elevenses in this book, a word I usually just associate with hobbits, even though it‘s a real thing.

Now, I have to work on grading 6th grade posters and book in a bag projects.

#AWaspADay

LauraJ Second breakfast is also a real thing! 2y
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BookwormM

#Reading1001 #AWaspADay

So we now know what happened to Eric who actually does sound like he was sane before the said incident and in light of this incident some of his actions make sense in teens of the fact they can be traced.

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Daisey
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Just read today‘s chapter and was glad we finally got to hear about what the wasp factory actually involves. I‘m much more intrigued by this story than I expected, and I didn‘t want to stop at the end of the day‘s chapter. So curious to see what we learn in the next one.

#AWaspADay #1001books

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BookwormM

#Reading1001 #AWaspADay

Another gruesome chapter I don‘t like wasps but Frank has real issues and some kind of vendetta makes me wonder why.

Once again I love the way he believes he is sane and the phone calls with Eric crack me up.

I really had to restrain myself from reading ahead when I saw the next chapter was called what happened to Eric.

Looking forward to tomorrow.

sprainedbrain I am also having a hard time not continuing!! 2y
Daisey Same here!! 2y
BookwormM Pinky swear that we won‘t read ahead 🤣🤣 2y
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Balibee146
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A difficult read in places but oh how I love Iain Banks first novel. Wish I had this cool cover too #read2018

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A welcome re read (third time though it's been years) from the sadly missed Mr Banks. Will be posting early next week to @samharnold. Thanks @jhod for picking this for #LMPBC #GroupX (I will probably pick his science fiction culture novel The Player Of Games for our new postal club 😀).
@DivaDiane not tagged you yet lol 😘😘

jhod Great! Thanks for commenting in the book, look forward to seeing the insights a third read can bring!! 😙 2y
jhod @DivaDiane I will post Ella minnow pea at the end of the week when I'm back from 🇮🇹 hope that's ok! 😙 2y
DivaDiane That‘s Just fine, @jhod ! @Balibee146 will send pigeon English to you this week. 2y
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Balibee146 Cheers @DivaDiane looking forward to it..... Such great picks in this group will be sad when it's all over 😘😘 2y
DivaDiane I missed out on signing up for the UK group for the next round. But I enjoyed this quite a bit. You got me out of my almost exclusive SF and Fantasy rut! I would enjoy keeping our group going if any or all of you are interested? @Balibee146 @jhod @samharnold what do you think? 2y
DivaDiane Also, I would enjoy a “final” discussion of each of the groups. We could report what the others wrote for notes, since we‘ll have only seen 2 books with complete sets of marginalia. @jhod @Balibee146 @samharnold 2y
samharnold I‘m up for both those suggestions. Can‘t wait to read the last book and to receive mine back to see what you all thought of it. @jhod will be posting yours out early part of this week. 2y
Balibee146 I agree with @samharnold and both of @DivaDiane suggestions are great....would love to keep our group going @jhod do you agree too xx 2y
samharnold @jhod @DivaDiane @Balibee146 how about mixing it up and sending it round the other way this time - just an idea 2y
Balibee146 @samharnold yeah good idea to mix it up each round 👍 @jhod @DivaDiane @samharnold 👍 2y
DivaDiane Absolutely! Let‘s go backwards this time! @samharnold @jhod @Balibee146 I‘m so glad you all would like to keep at it! 2y
Balibee146 @samharnold I haven't made it through the snow to the post office yet.... It's been horrendous here and don't have a post office nearby to walk to....hoping to make it out of our driveway tomorrow! 2y
samharnold No worries I have had the same problem. 2y
samharnold Arrived today thank you @Balibee146 can‘t wait to get into it. 2y
Balibee146 Fab @samharnold sorry about delay... Mostly snow but then I slipped in it and my bad leg gave way.... Wasn't able able to walk for a few days as knee very swollen, hope you enjoy it 👍 2y
samharnold @Balibee146 hope you‘re feeling better now. 2y
Balibee146 Thanks @samharnold more physio needed but back on my feet. Looking forward to receiving last book in this round which is your selection 😀👍 2y
samharnold Don‘t know about you but I‘m looking forward to getting our original books back too 2y
Balibee146 @samharnold yeah really looking forward to reading everyone's notes and highlights 2y
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Here I was, thinking just *maybe* our boy Frank was a little crazy. I‘m glad he cleared it up for us... turns out Eric is mad, and Frank is sane.

😳😂

#AWaspADay

BookwormM Yes that struck me as well 2y
LauraJ “Eric was crazy all right, even if he was my brother. He was lucky to have somebody sane who still liked him.” I‘m glad Frank is the picture of mental health too. 2y
Trashcanman Can I ask how do you blur parts of the photo? 2y
sprainedbrain @Trashcan.man You can do it in the photo editor here in Litsy... it‘s the ‘focus‘ button. 😃 2y
Trashcanman Thank you, much appreciated. 2y
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#Reading1001 #AWaspADay

Another interesting chapter love the justifications Frank has for everything also enjoying the family history.

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I‘m loving seeing all of the Litsy selfies, so I want to play, too!

1. Reading on Saturday, volleyball spectator on Sunday
2. 5‘3”
3. Six years
4. Bleak House (audio) & The Wasp Factory (kindle)
5. Office selfie 😂

#friyayintro

2BR02B How is The Wasp Factory? I disliked Consider Phlebas enough that I've been reticent to try any of his other works. 2y
Ingerella I looked up Wasp Factory and they have it at the library, but I'm kind of scared to read it! How do you like it? 2y
sprainedbrain @2BR02B I like it so far... only doing a chapter per day with #AWaspADay and it‘s very dark but funny. 2y
sprainedbrain @Ingerella it‘s very dark, but funny! 2y
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Why are there no freakin kite emoji or Bitmoji? How am I supposed to represent today‘s #AWaspADay appropriately?

CoverToCoverGirl I know..right! 😳😜😊 2y
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#Reading1001 #AWaspADay

Love the justification for this murder 🤣🤣

Enjoyed this chapter I love the phone calls and I think we can now guess at the accident

LauraJ The phone calls are my favorite part! 2y
BookwormM @LauraJ they crack me up 🤣🤣 2y
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That was an interesting chapter . . . 🌊💥 🍻🤮 ☕️

So not the kind of book I would normally pick up, but I am intrigued and curious to keep reading!

#AWaspADay #1001books

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I really enjoyed this whole Saturday night out sequence in today‘s chapter. Frank is a very entertaining psychopath. 😳🤣

#AWaspADay

LauraJ When he‘s interacting with other people, he seems like the normal one. 🍺🍻🥃🤢🤮 2y
sprainedbrain @LauraJ I was 🤣 at that paragraph-long declaration he thought he made while drunk, that apparently came out as throat clearing and/or the word bananas. 2y
RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜 2y
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Today‘s #AWaspADay trigger warning: 🥓🍳
Spent most of my day at work waiting on people, so I got today‘s chapter in early.

Daisey I was completely baffled when I first looked ones at this post, but now it seems perfect. 2y
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#Reading1001 #AWaspADay @sprainedbrain

Some good quotes in today‘s chapter. This was my favourite chapter so far we learn about number 2 and there are some more insights into how Frank‘s mind works.

I am interested to know what the accident was and how Frank gets the money to go out boozing.

sprainedbrain I definitely want to know about this accident! Love your quotes. 2y
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#AWaspADay #Reading1001

Chapter 3 down and boy am I glad that Frank doesn‘t live in the USA although I am sure he would still have issues getting hold of a gun.

I have a theory about where this book is going but I am not saying anything as I could be totally wrong 🤣🤣

sprainedbrain Ok I just finished. Frank is seriously creeping me out. 2y
LauraJ Depends which state he lived in. 2y
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