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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We’re always on the edge of the Culture itself, and only get hints of it as background, foreground and texture.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

The Culture is diametrically opposed to such behavior, so it reluctantly finds itself embroiled in a far-ranging galactic war that will eventually involve trillions of casualties and the destructions of thousands of planets, Orbitals, GSVs General Systems VehiclesMinds, etc.

There is actually a story, and if it weren’t for all the ill-considered byzantine dross, it would probably be pretty good. There is life in death, thus death matters. A subsequent Culture novel, Look to Windwardwhose title comes from the previous line of the same poem, can be considered a loose follow-up.

Unlike William Gibson’s direct, assertive style, Banks’ metaphors are often vague. View all 8 comments. Personally, if benevolent artificial intelligences want to pop by an offer a few helpful corrective suggestions that will put a stop to, oh, take your pick or check out whatever is on the front page today, I, for one, welcome our robot overlords.

Preview — Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Because of this conflict between how the characters were described and how they actually behaved, they never developed into real personalities, and their actions rarely made sense–except that they facilitated the plot.

The whole epilogue actually hinges on a tacked-on punchline, which made me wonder if this book wasn’t just the longest Shaggy Dog Joke I’ve ever read. Banks is not a depressing writer. The second Idiran, who had been mortally wounded but not killed, sets one of the trains for a collision course to the station.


Truly, there is no insight too small to be explicitly stated; even things we already know, like the fact that taking in an enemy and keeping them around is dangerous, or that the decision whether or not to shoot someone has two outcomes, one with shooting, the other with somewhat less shooting.

If the reader can see what the conflict is, consiver it’s going to take place, and more-or-less how it’s going to play out, stalling is only going to annoy them.

Banks 1 7 Jun 20, He is a master storyteller and an outstanding scientist. This book also hit another genre trend: In Consider Phlebas, Banks contrasts this by having Horza fight alongside the objectively-in-the-wrong Idirans, as they wage a crusade-esqe holy war against the Culture, a post-scarcity, multi species, utopian society run by artificially intelligent machines known as Minds.

Consider Phlebas – Iain M. Perhaps the word I want is intimate. Personally, I think it’s a fantastic entry once you know what it is and how to read it. Nov 06, KostasAt rated it really liked it Shelves: It Many discerning readers, even ones who like SF, will reflexively sneer if you say the dreaded words “space opera”.

Consider Phlebas takes place during the Idiran War, the consequences of which would reverberate through the Culture for centuries to come.

Consider Phlebas

What a mild name for a game of high strategy and violence! Then maybe read it again ; P. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. Well, that’s a lightning tour of the Culture universe, and Consider Phlebas makes good use of it. Because naughtiness is its own reward. Jun 05, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: The central character -Horza, a shape shifting assassin – is recruited by a warlike race of tri-legged religious-extremist reptiles — The Idirans — to help them in their brutal war against a vast, previously peaceful society known as The Culture, a post-scarcity near utopia run in tandem by humans and machines.

As you know, the Changer dies. 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. He does a very good job and strikes the right tone of irony when needed. The Culture is an amalgam of human and machine intelligence, with the latter forming the functional backbone and the humans being mostly decorative.


There’s a big war going on in that novel, and various individuals and groups manage to influence its outcome. A current under sea Picked his bones in whispers.

They land on Schar’s World and search for the Mind in the Command System, a complex of subterranean train stations. He is forced to fight and kill one of the crew to earn a place.

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Actually any Iain Banks book is worth its weight in gold as far as I am concerned. Horza is humanoid, but committed to the Idirans because he despises the Culture for its dependence on machines and what he perceives to be spiritual emptiness. I’m always surprised by his writing, and that keeps me coming back for more.

But I am certain there are those who find the finish too bleak, and more than a little hopeless. Both include advanced utopian human civilizations, and respected by alien races.

This is the sate of the galaxy where book takes place and indeed world building is top notch. The prose is fairly solid, and that title, it’s a doozy. Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheel and look to windward, Consider Phlebas, who phlegas once handsome and tall as you.

You can, of course, just dive into any one of the books.

I take this opportunity to highlight Banks’ deliciously subtle humour. Many discerning readers, even ones who like SF, will reflexively sneer if you say the dreaded words “space opera”. Nov 09, Alex Ristea rated it really liked it Shelves: Principles were at stake. However, if you’re a patient reader, and can intentionally postpone gratification a little, it’s better to start the series here, just know pylebas the best is still to come.