Espedair Street, by Iain Banks

Originally published: Macmillan Publishers, 1987
Espedair Street, by Iain Banks (Originally published: Macmillan Publishers, 1987)

I am a total Iain Banks fan, so was looking forward to Espedair Street, which was first published in 1987. Sorry to say, it was not good, not as good by a long shot as any of his later novels or Sci-Fi fiction.

I have problems remembering what it’s about. I can’t recall if there was anything notable about it. Usually I write notes and put stickies all over a novel if it’s interesting, or good, or it makes me think. This one? Not even a page corner folded over as a reminder. It’s about a former rock star who lives in an abandoned church and is bored and has a useless life. What does he do? Can’t remember. It involves a girl. Do I care? Naw. What’s worse, the lyrics that Banks thought up for this guy’s songs are really awful.

So just ignore this book and read more about all the other fabulous novels by Iain Banks/Iain M. Banks.

About M. Bijman

Avid reader, longtime writer of book reviews and literary analyses. Interested in literature, creativity and cognition, language and linguistics, musicology, and technology. Occasionally writes poems and bits of music.

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