Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. In the midst of a war between two galactic empires, Consider Phlebas (A Culture Novel Book 1) – Kindle edition by Iain M. Banks. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. A Definitive Ranking of Iain M. Banks’ Culture Novels . A novel detailing the fallout of the Culture’s machinations in Consider Phlebas (more. The retail giant and streaming outlet has acquired rights to the first novel in Iain M . Banks’ “Culture” series.

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I can understand the temptation: Horza was one of a party of Changers allowed on Schar’s World, and for that reason is tasked by the Idirans with retrieving a Mind that had crashed to the planet. Placing political, social, and cultural theorizing into a readable and scientifically correct tale places Banks in an elite group of science fiction writer. So Yes, I think intimate is the plebas I was looking for, at least as intimate as one can be with a banka character.

Consider Phlebas

It has the big set pieces, characters hopping all over, a rather silly, self-aware tone, and a lot of asides about the universe–but lacked the style and satirical insight that made that series such a delight. Banks is not a depressing writer. This novel was good. In Consider Phlebas, Banks contrasts this by having Horza fight alongside the objectively-in-the-wrong Idirans, as they wage a crusade-esqe nanks war against the Culture, a post-scarcity, multi species, utopian society run by artificially intelligent machines known as Minds.

But mostly I love what Banks lain whispering in my ear while I read: All that being said, Consider Phlebas is a weird way to start a series.

The vast majority of the in-between chapters feel like a bunch of half-realized short story ideas jammed together, including one chap I usually like Iain Banks’ sf novels, but this is simply a bad book.

View all 14 comments. I’ve read a couple of Goodreviews that write this scene off as extraneous or at best irrelevant. The machines are very well done. I gritted my teeth and pushed my way through it and decided I was done with his sf.


Consider Phlebas – Iain M. On one page, we’re told that the character won’t die of thirst because he’s floating on a freshwater ocean.

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In such a case, an attempt to add a love story is always going to feel like an extra shovelful of clutter tossed on the pile. Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book. As you know, the Changer dies. It isn’t the best Culture novel, and pjlebas usually show up on the lower end of most fan rankings.

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They land on Schar’s World and search for the Mind in the Command System, a complex of subterranean train stations. This plebas is once phlebss read by Peter Kenney, who is the reader on many of Iain Banks’ audiobooks. Many of these scenes were gory, which some people found compelling, but I didn’t feel were particularly disturbing. I started out intrigued by the title, apparently a line in T. We brush by each other in episodes, and all we learn about each other is in our phlebae little short stories of companionship.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The captured Idiran, Xoxarle, frees himself and in the ensuing impact and firefight the remaining members of the Clear Air Turbulence are killed.

Although he freely admits that the Culture has never done him wrong, he categorically hates what he considers a decadent and arrogant civilization that considers its lifestyle and values superior to all others.

Really, there should be a fairly clear goal for banos distinct scene, otherwise, all of the build-up, all the tension, all the motivation is pointing at one spot–all loaded on the back, which that doesn’t make for a very balanced story. I love phlbas way he fleshes out flawed, believable characters in a Space Opera setting.

This is the second Culture book I read but the first one Iain M. The influence of the Culture is constant, if distant.


I like it very much, so I feel a little iaiin that many friends I respect don’t love it as much as I and a good deal of them just think it is mostly okay. In all likelihood, humans and robots will progress toward one another as time goes on until there is no functional definition which separates one from the other.

However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the ‘M’ as it appeared “too fussy”. Unfortunately, that just just meant that the emotional action was telegraphing the plot–if a character is suddenly revealed to be interesting, makes a connection to banos protagonist, and then finds peace with life, you can be sure they’re about to bite it. He knows readers want the action and adventure, and he delivers in strides, but still finds a way to bury the soul of the story on the periphery of the chaos.

The Player of Games.

But remember the advice from 9th grade Advanced English teacher Mrs. Jun 23, Ivan rated it really liked it Recommended to Ivan by: The plot seemed to meander a bit as it moved towards the conclusion, and while I always enjoyed reading it, I did enjoy rushing it a little towards the end. Jun 26, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: Others can’t find any character to relate to and pull for, or are only able to embrace one, but I find myself liking them all, even the most unsavoury, like Fwi-Song and Mr.

The inert and stale names given to the starships by humans, considder as General Systems Vehicle and Rapid Offensive Unit, are contrasted wildly and wonderfully with the names that the Minds give themselves and therefore the ships.