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 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.
i thought this one would be better than 'look to winward', because it would be more about wars, and there would be more action, more plot. instead, this book proved a little hard to read.first of all, i hated the main character, even if i could
..."if i could sympatize a lot about his nightmare from the past.
secondly, every odd chapter is moving the story forward, while the even chapters move from the future backward. so it is not always easy to figure out when and where you are.
thirdly, sometimes you don't know who's talking. the main character is referred to as 'the man', and only later you understand who the author is really talking about.
there are twists and turns in the plot, and a final surprise, which i won't reveal. i have to say, though, that a that point of the book i couldn't care less about the surprise.Continua...Nascondi
I liked it, as Banks's science fiction has taken the first place in my heart (even better than Asimov for story telling. Perhaps), but this third culture novel needs too much time and concentration, it needs to be read quickly to sort it out. Maybe
..." one should read the chapters starting from the end? The characters don't come to life as in the other 2 novels. There's little drones and even fewer Minds. And also fewer violence (thankfully- the other 2 novels gave me nightmares).Continua...Nascondi