Finished reading my copy of above book over the weekend. It's a personal account of Banks' search for the 'perfect dram', travelling around Scotland, visiting distilleries, and tasting them. Interspersed with the whisky-related writing are childhood memories, comments on cars and motoring, his strong views on the war in Iraq, etc.
I really enjoyed reading it; it's a whisky book like no other, with the possible exception maybe of Morton's 'Spirit of Adventure'.
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Hmm thought I recognised the name,just looked at my WhiskyFest "menu" that hangs proudly on my fridge and there you are.Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
I was real excited when I got this book for father's day. But as I got to about page three (I do not care how many books he has written -does he need to remind on on every second page) and then got bored and am now skimming whole pages looking for something evenly remotely connected to whisky. On one page I counted thirty seven "I"s - boy is this guy high on himself.
A complete waste of money and randomhouse should be ashamed for publishing this garbage.
Here is a quote from page 255 (hardopy) “To the people who insist they really do have a great idea but they just can’t write, I’d say that given some of the books I’ve read, or at least started to read, it would appear that not being able to write is absolutely no obstacle whatsoever to writing a book and securing a publishing contract.” Hear, hear Iain, listen to your own words and heed the next time you go spewing off about how good a writer you are.
Does anyone know the address of Mr Banks as I feel the need to send his book back to him and ask for a full refund - perhaps even asking for compensation for the time wasted in my life reading his pathetic scribblings.
I don't want to send it to the publisher's as it will go nowhere.
Unlike the aforementioned author, I prefer to take my whisky straight and don't believe in mixing it with water, ice or politics, and so will resist any temptation to make comments on the state of the Labour Party, the security situation in Iraq, the interim government in Afganistan, or any other unrelated topics.
Coult it be that this book breaks the trade descriptions act! a book about finding the perfect dram - I think not!
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What a pile of self-indulgent pap! I'm glad my copy was a gift, if not I would be asking for a refund.
From now on I shall stick to 'real' books about whisky!
Although I did partly buy this as a whisky book, I think I bought it mainly as an Iain Banks book, because some his fiction and science fiction is absolutely wonderful and I've been a fan for a long time now. (I say some - he's very inconsistent - much of his writing is creative in an extraordinary way, and some is dull as dishwater).
I would recommend you all pick up a copy of "The Wasp Factory", his first and definitely his best of those I've read. For the science fiction stuff under the name Iain M. Banks, check out "Consider Phlebas", "Player of Games", and "Against a Dark Background".
Avoid "Inversions", "The Business" and "Walking on Glass". There are several of his books I've not read yet, but despite his inconsistency, his good ones are so good I'm still going to have a crack at all of them at one time or another.
He's a great writer when he's on form. But he has also written some jaw-droppingly awful sci fi short stories.
Which isn't really relevant to a whisky forum, except it was my experience with TB that warned me off reading Raw Spirit.
I enjoyed Tom Morton's book, and the tv series that "spawned" it.
That's true - except I'm not currently wary of ALL authors, just the output of one!
If I had a bad experience with a whisky from a particular distillery (Fettercairn and Littlemill spring to mind), then I'd be wary of buying another bottle of stuff that came from that distillery - unless I got a recommendation from a reliable source re a particular bottling, of course.
For some people on this forum, the best example might be Bowmore? Many are reluctant to give it another chance, as they have had a bad experience re FWP (or whatever we should call it in the light of recent debate - if indeed it exists!). Others (less cautious, perhaps, with their pennies) have continued to buy. They say that it's back on form (if it was ever off form), and encourage us not to be put off by any previous disappointments.
I've had great experiences with Gavin Smith's books in the past, and I'm looking forward to reading his latest offering (Santa willing)
Of course, it is not a book about tasting notes or about the whisky process. If it was your initial thought, then I can understand your dissatisfaction.
Otherwise, it is a refreshing and relaxing book
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