Hat tip to Ysharros for putting out a recommendation for Iain Banks Culture novels. Recently I came across Use of Weapons in a used bookstore, and recognized Banks name and the setting from her descriptions. And so for $2, I decided to try it out. And I was not disappointed.
The structure of the novel is at times frustrating, but it does build to a nice climactic ending. The ending itself was perhaps the only disappointing part of the whole book. Sometimes its possible to overbuild expectations with a lack of information, resulting in something thats a cross between several horrific tropes. Don’t click any of those if you don’t want any hinted at spoilers.
But the characterization itself, the playground that Banks gives you to play in (ie the setting), and his wonderful way of slipping societal truth telling and satire into otherwise unrelated avenues are joyous.
As a plus, in SWTOR, far and away the most intriguing class to me is the Imperial Agent. And arguably *the* main character of this book, Cheranadine Zakalwe, is pretty much all that the IA is described as being and more. He even has a stunningly awesome background to go with it.
With that out of the way, I’m trying to decide what next to tackle on my reading list – if anything, with the rapid approach of NaNoWriMo. No, I’m not soliciting more suggestions, though I’ll take them anyway. Off the top of my head I have eight books in my queue currently, more than enough.
ETA: Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks this is a sweet matchup with the Imperial Agent! Senior Writer and Managing Editor Alexander Freed dropped a line in the thread on the forums to let me know he agreed. Check it out (6th post down). Before you go “woopty doo” keep in mind how rare it is for devs to post in the SWTOR forums.