Quote Originally Posted by Serenegoose View Post
Oh gods, me too. Everyone else I know who has read it has ribbed me for it mercilessly, but I was a younger, more naive goose at the time. It's on my to re-read list for the same reason - now I know what's going on and am a bit more savvy as a reader in general, I feel I might actually get a lot more of it.
It's one of my favourites too. I think it may have been the first Culture novel I read. It's at least the first one I got, so it's also the one I've reread the most times (~10 and counting) and I get something new out of it every time.
Wasp Factory was the first Banks novel I read, around 1992 or so, but it took me a very long time to find out that he wrote sci-fi too.

I don't remember what I thought was happening the first time I read Use of Weapons, but I'm pretty sure I didn't see that plot point coming either.