Walking on Glass by Iain Banks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I love Iain Banks but am not so fond of Iain M. Banks, and this book felt as though the latter was influencing the former. As with The Song of Stone, this was an iffy book for me.
There are three intertwined stories here, although we don't learn how they mingle until the last part. First, there's Graham, in love with Sara (who is escaping her marriage, is also involved with Strokes - a biker - and keeps Graham at semi-arms-length). Second, there's Steven, an ASD (before that term existed) hoarder with paranoid delusions; he's just quit his job, rather than be fired, so as to not give "them" any more power in his life, but this will complicate his getting benefits. Third, there's Quiss, imprisoned in a strange castle and forced to play games with Ajaya (another prisoner in the Therapeutic Wars) - together they must answer the question "what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?".
The stories only come together at the very end, and the pacing of that doesn't quite match the first part of the book. Apparently, the author himself wasn't happy with the ending, which made me feel better!