Daniel Weir used to be a famous - not to say infamous - rock star. Maybe still is. At thirty-one he has been both a brilliant failure and a dull success. He's made a lot of mistakes that have paid off and a lot of smart moves he'll regret forever (however long that turns out to be). Daniel Weir has gone from rags to riches and back, and managed to hold onto them both, though not much else.
His friends all seem to be dead, fed up with him or just disgusted - and who can blame them? And now Daniel Weir is all alone. As he contemplates his life, Daniel realises he only has two problems: The past and the future. He knows how bad the past has been. But the future - well, the future is something else.
"Engagingly told, cleverly constructed." (Time Out)
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Almost really really great
Stands out from Iain Banks's other novels
Enjoyable, Sad, Funny
Isn't it ridiculous that this asks for three words and has a minimum of fifteen to be able to submit it?
What I always like about Iain Banks's work, the characters.
Well, being American, I would probably think of the characters with the "Hollywood" accent. Peter Kenny does a great job with differentiating the characters too.
Daniel. He's the protagonist in a first person perspective novel, so, of course, he's the most memorable.
This is probably the most optimistic Iain Banks novel I've read. I haven't read all his work but a good amount. Don't misunderstand, this is still a really sad story, but you won't be in a fog of depression when you finish it.