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am 26. Oktober 1999
I am also reading this book for my Higher Review of Personal Reading and it is undoubtably the best book I have read to date. It is gripping, has an amazing and truly original plot. Banks gets you very close to the characters and the suspece is amazing throuhout. I read it in one day!
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am 24. November 1999
Iain Banks - you've done it again. Take this book home and if you are a person willing to ride the wave of conspiracy, murder and exacting revenge - this is the story for you. We are introduced to a self-obsessed, depressive and slightly intriguing Scottish Journalist, who is on the highlands newspaper squad. Immediately, and soon into the book, we can see that this poor Hack has a difficult story coming up. Someone is giving leads, tips and ideas that suggest trouble is brewing. Step further into the book and you have a cleverly YOU vs ME narrative. If read with full attention, you are drawn into the novel and experience a certain disturbing "I am there" feeling. The pace is excellent, and Bank's ease with mod cons combined with thrilling storytelling provides a "can't put it down" scenario. The ending is slightly predictable, which lets the novel down, but it is still an exciting climax. There are moral questions throughout and the author paints a frank picture, leaving no controversial moment to our own imagination. This book confirms Bank's place in history as a truly remarkable author. Enjoy!
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am 22. Oktober 1999
I have read this book for my Review of Personal reading for my English higher, and although this is my second go at this, I wish that this was the book I used the first time round. I have now written the review and I may put it on here, but as any peice of writing I find that it can be difficult to write fluently due to the fact that most books do not capture you attention, but with Complicity, I wrote an essay of 1200 word in two hours, because the way a feel about this book. It let me flow out my opinions. This may not be the best review you have evr ready, but all I can say is, thankyou Iain Banks!
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am 23. Mai 2003
I usually find it quite difficult to judge a novel that is very graphic as I can't help but wonder whether the author merely gloried in its brutality and licentiousness; with 'Complicity' however, that was never a question. From the very first moment we are complicit, taken on a ride we're not really sure about where it is going to lead us, why we act as we do and whether we approve of it. Accompanied by a reporter whose bias is as obvious as his suppressive instinct and who seems equally appalled at the pandemonium he has been catapulted into, we both have to find out where we are heading. Cameron's various addictions to legal and illegal drugs, his cynic articles, and his illicit affair are all faces of an agenda of pseudo-involvement that finds its counterbalance in the rampageous serial killer that seems (to Cameron's misfortune also to the police) to have been invoked as an angel of vengeance by the journalist's insurgent articles. But as we are to learn everything has its root, and we ignore the past, as well as the future, at our peril.
'Complicity' is a brilliantly executed, gripping novel that serves as a great vantage point for an introduction into Banks' literature and thinking. The applicability of the book's moral question, rarely ever so poignantly put as in 'Complicity's two final chapters, makes the book a very interactive and enriching read.
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am 18. Mai 2003
I usually find it quite difficult to judge a novel that is very graphic as I can't help but wonder whether the author merely gloried in its brutality and licentiousness; with 'Complicity' however, that was never a question. From the very first moment we are complicit, taken on a ride we're not really sure about where it is going to lead us, why we act as we do and whether we approve of it. Accompanied by a reporter whose bias is as obvious as his suppressive instinct and who seems equally appalled at the pandemonium he has been catapulted into, we both have to find out where we are heading. Cameron's various addictions to legal and illegal drugs, his cynic articles, and his illicit affair are all faces of an agenda of pseudo-involvement that finds its counterbalance in the rampageous serial killer that seems (to Cameron's misfortune also to the police) to have been invoked as an angel of vengeance by the journalist's insurgent articles. But as we are to learn everything has its root, and we ignore the past, as well as the future, at our peril.
'Complicity' is a brilliantly executed, gripping novel that serves as a great vantage point for an introduction into Banks' literature and thinking. The applicability of the book's moral question, rarely ever so poignantly put as in 'Complicity's two final chapters, makes the book a very interactive and enriching read.
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am 3. Mai 2014
After "The Wasp Factory" from Iain Banks, this was my second novel which i have read. The Protagonist, a drug addicted guy working for some newspaper gets Calls from an anonymous person who names people who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Cameron senses a scoop and eventually gets involved deeper than he would like, being unaware of a present murderer.

Many readers consider Cameron being unsympathetic but i think it is funny to read about his habits and failures, for example trying to quit smoking and picking up the fag one hour later just to "be in balance". The first half of the book builds suspense in form of the reader asking himself "Where is this going? Is there any big story behind these calls ? Who is the murderer ?"but actually is a funny read. Later the book twists into a direction which really surprised me in a good way. Things start to get serious but a also a little bit too far fetched in the end.

This novel is not just a thriller, it is about friendship, failure, capital greed and also even love. It is completely different than any mainstream thriller out there, i can heartly recommend the book.
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am 16. Januar 1999
Follow this hack as his days become ever more intriguing. A compelling, unravelling book. Has anyone bought the film rights? If you enjoy Banks and want another fix try the excellent "Whit".
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am 5. Februar 1999
The first non SF Banks book I read, it contains all the ingredients of a classic thriller; Corruption, several brutal murders, and a flawed central character with a sense of alienation. In common with his other work, of both genres, it illuminates the dark side of peoples's consciousness whilst exploring their emmotional frailties. Unique humour, blended with tragic and macabre circumstances, has become a hallmark of Banks' work. Comic highlights include the apparent house break-in, resembling the previous murders, that transpires to be Cameron Collie's on-going sado-masochistic relationship with his friend's wife, and throughout the novel his attitudes to just about everyone he meets. The eventual unmasking of the killer is both shocking and thought provoking and leads to a gripping conclusion that leaves the reader feeling both entertained and satisfied.
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am 27. Oktober 2001
Ein absurder kleiner Krimi über eine Attentatsserie, bei der es der Täter auf die Gauner abgesehen hat, die nie vor einem Gericht enden: Waffenhändler zum Beispiel. Die Opfer werden dabei mit passendem Bezug zu ihrem "Verbrechen" hingerichtet. Wie üblich, gerät der Hauptdarsteller selbst unter Verdacht und muß den Fall mehr oder weniger im Alleingang klären.
Der Roman lebt weniger von kriminalistischer Spannung (dazu ist die Handlung zu absurd), sondern von den schrägen Personen und Schauplätzen bzw. Handlungen, die bei Banks immer einen Reiz ausmachen. Dazu ein Bißchen Politische Betrachtungen, schräger Sex und schottischer Whisky und man hat ein Lesevergnügen für ein bis zwei regnerische Abende.
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am 30. August 1999
As a resident of Edinburgh and a former student of Stirling university I have the pleasure of experiancing the settings in an intimate fashion. What I cannot fail to notice is the amazing clarity with which he describes these places. The ending does fall away and this is a general problem with his work, almost as if he was eager to finish and move onto the next idea.However in this incarnation of Iain Banks (the M being reserved to distinguish his sci fi self) it does not get much better. Read this last, please or you may not read the rest
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