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Score: 6.3/10  [1 review]
2 out of 5
ProdID: 1445 - Use of Weapons
Written by Iain M. Banks

Use of Weapons
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The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action.

The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.

The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew them both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine intelligence could see the horrors in his past.

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Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 1st of July, 2007

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This Review: 6.3/10
Value for Money:
Score 8 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 8 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 4 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 5 out of 10

Usually I find myself utterly lost in Banks' Culture series... but this time I found myself yearning to move on to another book well before I hit the half way mark.

Hard to keep track of, with multiple jumps in time and space, and not always in any logical order, I found most of the story to be quite weak and ultimately disappointing.

Overall, it saddens me to have to say, this was NOT one of Iain's that I enjoyed very much at all.

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