By Iain M. Banks
The warfare is finishing, probably ended. For the fort and its occupants the worries are only starting. Armed gangs roam a lawless land the place each one farm and residence helps a column of darkish smoke. Taking to the roads with the opposite refugees, nameless of their raggedness, turns out more secure than final within the old maintain. despite the fact that, the lieutenant of an outlaw band has different rules and the citadel turns into the point of interest for a deadly online game of wish, deceit and demise. Iain Bank's masterly novel finds his exact skill to mix gripping narrative with a relentlessly voyaging mind's eye. The narrative procedure and sheer brio of A track OF STONE exhibit a good novelist on the peak of his powers.
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This isn’t the good life, full of possibility. You soon come up against the barriers set out by the system. Try getting drunk at a school speech day, or making a mildly racist joke at a charity dinner. Try letting your lawn grow and not painting your house for a few years. Try living with a teenage girl or having sex with your stepson. Try saying you believe in God and the Holy Trinity, or giving a free room to a refugee family from black Africa. Try taking a holiday in Benidorm, or driving a brand-new Cadillac with zebra upholstery.
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A Song of Stone by Iain M. Banks