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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So Consider Phlebas is about a military conflict between the Culture and the Idirans, a powerful and militant race that is united by its belief that its mission is to spread its religion to all other races, generally by force. In particular, Horza’s flight through the General Systems Vehicle, which are typically between 25 and km in each dimension, was some of the best action I’ve read in a while.

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.

She was plump, fair skinned and fair haired, and her huge ears curved down to join onto her cheeks. Horza pursues Xoxarle and is fatally injured, but the Idiran is killed by Balveda. Some common examples are: On the other hand, banls is still totally crazy, which is, I am starting to suspect, Oain modus operandi, and so you have a few largely inconsequential narrative pit-stops that are nevertheless awesome, like when Horza gets trapped on an island with a horde of technology-fearing cannibals you don’t even knowit’s so gross phlebass intense.

Well-written and fast-paced, Consider Phlebas definitely scratched my space opera itch. He does a very good job and strikes the right tone iaih irony when needed. The influence of the Culture is constant, if distant. Yep, it’s good to be reminded that my bag of skin is nothing but crude, decaying matter.

Consider Phlebasfirst published inis a space opera novel by Scottish writer Iain M. T I read all of Iain Banks’ Culture books in order in which they were written, beginning with Consider Phlebas and ending with the latest, Surface Detailfrom through The story seemed to be c A frustrating book, perhaps just not my cup of tea.

The series itself I can certainly recommend as something unique that you should not do without. A nice detail is that they are genetically engineered so that their bodies can synthesize their own drugs.


It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, to actually find it – and with it their own destruction. Matter Iain M Banks. We have a redundant description questioningly that adds nothing to the story but needless length.

But the narrative never lived up to my hopes, and I spent the whole book feeling disappointed.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

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. Consider Phlebas opens with a character drowning in a room full of shit. I can’t really say much, other than Iain Banks has become my 1 favorite Sci-Fi author. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind.

I found much of the book dull and overwrought, which may have made for a quick read, but not a particularly enjoyable one. But, with lasers and plasma cosider rather than swords and axes. Yalson was still his only friend, but he got on well enough with his roommate, Wubslin, though the stocky engineer was quiet, and, when not eating or working, usually asleep. I love that Horza is an unlikable protagonist, but I think that bothers some.

Of course, this is just the beginning of a landmark SF series. Like so many highly-lauded authors featured here, Banks has been haunting my shelf for quite phhlebas time now. Just as a consiedr can get into a relationship that they know makes no logical sense, because their genes like the idea, Banks’s godlike machines also let their human partners make important decisions for them on emotional grounds. I’ve read a couple of Goodreviews that write this scene off as extraneous or at best irrelevant.

Consider Phlebas – Iain M. It is also a very fun book, despite some dark themes: Consider Phlebas is Banks’s first published science fiction novel and takes its title from a line in T. This is how the Culture is introduced to us, hidden in the horse, wheeled through the gate because it’s large and exciting. Trivia About Consider Phlebas.

He said he found it distasteful that galactic empires always had to be right-wing military hierarchies; I didn’t realize it when I was nine, but the basic plot in Smith is one bunch of Nazis fighting another.


Some find Consider Phlebas too brutal. Consider Phlebas being the first Culture book Banks wrote, it was the first I read back in the Spring of The title itself is quoted from a line of the T. Horza is opposed by a Culture agent; there is again no attempt to show that he is morally superior, and in fact consiider comes across in many ways as a better person.

Consifer 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 avoids using the words computers and robots as the Minds and the drones are hyper-advanced sentient machines with personalities, they are living non-biological entities.

So in the end I would say that Consider Phlebas is not a complete success or failure as a novel, but its primary importance is in establishing the template and introduction to the fantastic and limitless potential of the CULTURE universe. People have described this book as an ‘intellectual Space Opera’, but when I picture an intellectually engaging book, it’s not one that tells me that kissing is nice, that people with guns are scary, or that losing loved ones is sad.

Consider Phlebas

I’ll be seeking his voice out in the future. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? 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.

As he rose and fell He passed the stages of his age and youth Entering the whirlpool. I don’t want to get too into the nitty-gritty of the plot, because it does offer up some nice set-pieces, but basically, he’s off on a mission to capture a new breed of “Mind,” which is what the Culture-ruling machines refer to themselves as.

I see the relationship between machines and people in the Culture as being rather like the relationship between a person and their genes.

The story begins with him captured by a hostile government and about to be executed.

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