Use of Weapons

(Culture #3)

Paperback, 368 pages

English language

Published Nov. 1, 1992 by Orbit.

ISBN:
9781857231359

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4 stars (54 reviews)

Use of Weapons is a science fiction novel by Scottish writer Iain M. Banks, first published in 1990. It is the third novel in the Culture series.

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Use of Weapons

5 stars

"Use of Weapons" est le troisième roman du cycle de la Culture de Iain M. Banks. Je viens de le terminer et à chaud, je ne saurais pas dire s'il est aussi réussi que "The Player of Games", son prédécesseur dans le cycle, ou juste en-deça. Dans tous les cas, c'est un excellent roman de science-fiction, qui fait preuve d'une intelligence rare.

La structure narrative, avec ses deux lignes temporelles, l'une chronologique, l'autre antichronologique, n'est pas toujours simple à suivre, et je ne suis d'ailleurs pas certain d'être capable de résumer toute l'histoire complète du début à la fin et de la fin au début, mais quoi qu'il en soit c'est passionnant du début à la fin.

J'avais lu beaucoup de bien de ce cycle romanesque de Iain M. Banks et je dois dire qu'après avoir lu les trois premiers romans, c'est aussi bon que je l'espérais. De quoi me …

Review of 'Use of Weapons' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Reminded me of [b:Chasm City|89185|Chasm City|Alastair Reynolds|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1309203334l/89185.SY75.jpg|2926628] by [a:Alastair Reynolds|51204|Alastair Reynolds|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1521740247p2/51204.jpg].

Good:
dynamic between Diziet & Skaffen-Amtiskaw
2 storylines were a bit confusing at first but made the ending really gripping
big reveal has enough foreshadowing to make it enjoyable

Bad:
present time storyline is basically succession of fetch quests (with infinite resources at each step)
* I would have liked more insight into the chair incident (how does one do that?)

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Darker than the first two books, I liked it a little less, because the Culture was shown a little less, on the other hand, it's darker side was shown, so there's that. I love it that these books are all separate stories with only the world they happen in connecting them. It's wonderful.

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