- Nov 20, 2006
The problem is that while one strand was linear, the other was not. Each chapter was from a different period of Zakalwe's life, completely non-chronalogical.Many writers in SF use strands though. After a certain # of pages one can understand the novel. I'm on an AListair Reynolds novel, Revalation SPace, and there are 3 strands to think off, let alone the 2 you find in Use of Weapons.
To be sure, it is common to use this narative technique in modern SF, which is probably why I tend to prefer older SF.