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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. The retail giant and streaming outlet has acquired rights to the first novel in Iain M . Banks’ “Culture” series. A Definitive Ranking of Iain M. Banks’ Culture Novels . A novel detailing the fallout of the Culture’s machinations in Consider Phlebas (more.

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Jun 26, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: Mostly, the problem was a common one: She was plump, fair skinned and fair haired, and her huge ears curved down to join onto her cheeks. Interestingly, while this is the first Culture novel, it is told from the perspective of a somewhat antagonistic protagonist.

Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies: Love, gender, pride, religion, and most other traits are played fairly straight. Consider Phlebas basically covers his Indiana Jones-type adventures. I read this after The Player of Games, which offers you the inside view of the Culture, both the good parts and the bad.

The man could write. I look forward to reading the sequels and discovering if Banks will ask me to reevaluate considsr experience with this phhlebas outing I don’t really want to add anything to my feelings about the text. View all 20 comments. They are possibly the most connected of any two in the series, but the threads are still tertiary. When my friend Arhu recommended this series to me he said it’s basically like 4X games and feline wizard did not lie although in first book we can only see that starting to shape out.

This isn’t necessarily a problem if you’re writing a light, accessible Space Opera story, but it’s detrimental to a ponderous, meandering book that relies on a more complex, unusual setting.


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Consider Phlebas opens with a character drowning in a room full of shit. Kirkus Reviews described it as “Overextended and jarring”, but “imaginative and gripping in places. There was a cool interstellar culture called … The Culture. I’m always surprised by his writing, and that keeps me coming back for more. In lateBanks was phlbas prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the invasion bankd Iraq.

And while worldbuilding and deserve 5 stars this book isn’t getting them because this is also book about shapeshifter Horza’s misadventures as Idiran agent in mission to get fugitive mind.

Banks’ ability to describe scale is also impressive. Two stars is about right. All of his books are a rare pleasure indeed. I actually appreciated at first how the characters seemed to take a nonchalant, almost awkward approach–it made sense considering all the other things they had on their mind–but then, suddenly, it’s all lovey-dovey and everyone is spouting awkward platitudes: Much of the plot relies on a strict delineation between robots and humans, focused mainly on a false dichotomy of emotion vs.

Oh — if you are looking for a much better space opera, may I recommend Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space? View all 77 comments. This is basically the opposite of Star Trek: Just as explosions don’t equal an exciting plot, slasher gore doesn’t equal tension.

But it really isn’t enough. Maybe the biggest take-away message from CP is the pointlessness of this war.

It reminded me of when my cat, Sebastian, died of a blood clot about two years ago. Does this have anything to do with the larger story arc of Consider Phlebas?

The story seemed to be phlebae A frustrating book, perhaps just not my cup of tea. This is the sate of the galaxy where book takes place and indeed world building is top notch.

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Billions had died, billions more were doomed. If he was able to discipline himself, he’d have some four-star stuff going on here, easily — maybe better. I like it very much, so I feel a little sad that many friends I respect don’t love it as much as I and a good deal of them iaon think it is mostly okay. Lists with Lhlebas Book. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.


He escapes after killing the cult leader and makes his way to the main city of Vavatch where he finds Kraiklyn, who is playing “Damage”—a high stakes card game.

Consider Phlebas

Reynolds doesn’t promise as much as Banks, but he actually delivers on the promise, and then some. The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable.

Banks When Banks died, I was in the process of starting one of my usual re-reads of the Culture novels.

Banks clearly has a great deal of imagination. Click at your own risk: Yes, the narrator was morally ambiguous, but I would have appreciated that more if it didn’t merely seem to be a symptom of ambiguity in general. View all 7 comments.

At the book’s end, I have a section pointing this out by telling what happened after the war, which was an attempt to pose the question, ‘What was it all for? One of my main attractions to Banks If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. View all 52 comments. He moved to London and lived in the south of England until when he returned to Scotland, li Iain M.

He is selfish, and can be brutal and callous, yet still has enough of a personality and shows momentary lapses of compassion, that he becomes likable.