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Use of Weapons (Culture Series #3)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Futuristic mercenary working for a powerful benevolent race

I was first introduced to Iain Banks by reading his book 'Consider Phlebas'. Of the space science fiction genre, I found his detail and depth of imagery astounding. I recommend that book to sci-fi fans. 'Use of Weapons' could be simply described as being about a futuris...
I was first introduced to Iain Banks by reading his book 'Consider Phlebas'. Of the space science fiction genre, I found his detail and depth of imagery astounding. I recommend that book to sci-fi fans. 'Use of Weapons' could be simply described as being about a futuristic mercenary doing deeds for a powerful benevolent race. But this is not a simple book. Two story lines interweave in alternating chapters. The first is traditional, moving forward in time, following one plot line. The other goes backward in time, each chapter number counting backward as well, and touches on past events that increasingly explain events and people being followed in the upward counting chapters. This manner of story telling certainly requires a great attention to detail by the reader, but the reward at the end is worth it, as we finally discover what really is going on. After finishing the book I found myself re-reading many sections, rediscovering many things I had missed. I will be looking for what seems to be a sequel, 'States of War'.

posted by Anonymous on November 19, 2003

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1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Terrible!

If you enjoy books that make sense, have a story line that draws you in and holds you and then has a pleasing resolution at the end, then this book is not for you! It takes nearly half the book for the story line to start making sense, then just as things start moving, ...
If you enjoy books that make sense, have a story line that draws you in and holds you and then has a pleasing resolution at the end, then this book is not for you! It takes nearly half the book for the story line to start making sense, then just as things start moving, the author looses it, takes the characters in a totally unrelated tangent and then for an ending everything just runs down the drain. This isn't good science fiction and it isn't even a good story. And to think I believed the hype about this guy and bought two of his books! Save your money and don't waste your time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2009

    Avoid this book if you don't like gratuitous cruelty

    Banks can write very good books but they are marred by gratuitous cruelty. I have taken out pages of graphic torture in my copies and it does not alter the plot in any way. Banks must have been told by some editor that his books wouldn't sell unless they had this type of add-on. It just ruins a good book, and leads one to think Banks is too easily led. I hope he has the strength to write book of his own without needless add-ons of cruelty.

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