|Plot Summary of Use of Weapons|
The main character is a superb military general from a planet somewhat like Earth. He flees a major conflict on his planet and becomes a warrior for hire. He is soon recruited by "The Culture" a utopian society of technologically advanced humans. The Culture wish to interfere in more primitive cultures and recruit him to influence the outcome of wars. He is troubled by horrific but unclear memories of his home planet that eventually reveal a more sinister side to his personality.
This synopsis report prepared by Ian Peter Avery
Along with her intelligent drone assistant, Skaffen-Amtiskaw, the Culture's Special Circumstances representative, Diziet Sma, sets out to procure, yet again, the services of Cheradenine Zakalwe for a mission. The drone simply regards Zakalwe as a lost cause. But neither it nor Sma, despite their intelligence and foreknowledge, are really aware of whom they are dealing with.
This synopsis report prepared by Charles Smyth
|Chapter Analysis of Use of Weapons|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
War or Invasion
Major kinds of combat:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- Planet surface, need spacesuit
- Space, need spacesuit
- Domed/Underground City
- 20th century
- futuristic human warship
- alien spaceship
- futuristic human freighter/transport
- really, really giant spaceship/station
- one or two man fighter/scoutship
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
- very controlled society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Takes place in spaceship?
Not Earth, in Solar System?
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
- a significant amount of technical jargon
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- actual description of sex
- description of breasts
- descript. of private male anat.
How much dialogue?
- mostly dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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