Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks

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Ferociously intelligent, both witty and horrific, USE OF WEAPONS is a masterpiece of science fiction.
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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 and 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 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 lost cause. But not even its machine could see the horrors in his past.

Ferociously intelligent, both witty and horrific, USE OF WEAPONS is a masterpiece of science fiction.
 

About Iain M Banks

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Iain Banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He is now widely acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation.
 
Published December 15, 2008 by Orbit. 433 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Mullan on Jul 20 2012

Iain M Banks's novel Use of Weapons has a narrative structure that, if it were not a work of science fiction, would qualify it as the most "literary" of literary fiction.

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Ferociously intelligent, both witty and horrific, USE OF WEAPONS is a masterpiece of science fiction.

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