Use Of Weapons – Iain M Banks

Having enjoyed The Player Of Games I felt the need to get straight into another. This is a later one. It’s good. It has two threads that run through it, one running forward in time, the other running backward until they have drawn the complete picture. Some of the description is rather too graphic for what I need, maybe age is starting to tell. I found the forward thread far stronger than the backward thread which maybe unbalanced things as I wanted to get back to the stronger theme and rushed through the weaker. Probably a fault in my reading. Not really enough of the Culture for me, too much of the hero who never managed to gain my sympathy…I only cheered for him because he represented the Culture.

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