The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks Well, this certainly was a memorable piece of work. Most characters (if not all) in this book were scary, nuts and out-of-this-world!

Frank, a sixteen-year old boy, is not quite normal (understatement). He himself believes he is the sanest member of his family and he is almost right. The atrocious acts he commits against animals and people alike, and his line of thinking are upsetting at the very least!

While Frank awaits the inevitable arrival of his insane half brother Eric who escaped from a psychiatric hospital, he proudly informs us of his strange rituals and violent vengeful past.

The story is certainly entertaining (in a disturbing sort of of way) and has an interesting twist at the end. The absurdities of the Cauldhame family members (Frank in particular) are plenty and described in detail. This novel is not for the faint-hearted. Hold your breath, be brave and enjoy the ride!