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My second reading of this, and it's not the book I remember. It's a book
basically about the life of a Culture whipping-boy, who gets sent into
ridiculous war situations to sway the odds on one side or another, but usually
he is double-crossed by the Culture itself and ends up losing anyway (the
Culture always swoop in and save his life in the end); the chain of descriptions
of a man near death, like after having his head chopped off or being surrounded
by vultures with the tendons cut in his legs, does eventually become tedious.
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