Monday, 4 June 2007

Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

Now well into his "Culture" universe stride.

Clever, violent and intensely ambiguous at times, Banks is now perfecting his technique. Time in the story always seems to pass at "real time" rates for me. Perhaps it's because the writing draws me in and I end up whizzing through the book very quickly, perhaps it is the fact that his descriptions are so realistic and almost diligent without being unduly detailed.

A slightly confusing mixed up narrative flow with flash backs and flash forwards, didn't add anything to the read for me.

He now starts to touch on morality with a deft flourish which he will use more in later works.

A cracking good read 3.5 out of 5


  1. I have amended dirkman's orignal comment to remove a nasty name;

    dirkman said...

    Cr***n. Narrative flashbacks and flashforwards force the reader to slowly assemble a picture of the protagonist's personality and motivation, giving an insight that is much deeper than a linear spoon-fed Speilberg-esque plot line ('for those of our slower readers'). Many have used the technique, but in Use of Weapons, Banks shows himself master of a literary art.

  2. Hi Dirkman,

    Manners maketh the man, but obviously not the "dirkman".

    I can disagree with you without sending insults your way.

    Just for the record, although your high opinion of yourself might assure you that all of us "slower readers" think you are as clever as you think are, It is my sad duty to point out that this is not necessarily the case.