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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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Whether Banks’ series is my favourite sci-fi is still up in the air as I go through cobsider books. 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.

The main narrative, while entertaining, is a distraction of sorts from the more interesting story happening between the lines, where the book sneakily introduces the reader to the Culture by peripheral means. And the reason I first heard about the Culture Universe isn’t dealt with well, either. Conssider pursues Xoxarle and is fatally injured, but the Idiran is killed by Balveda.

And then someone recommended Complicityand that annoyed considet well, so I am done with his thrillers, too. This Mind is stranded on a hostile world that, conveniently, only Horza has access to, but getting there will require some Ocean’s style adventures first.

Nov 06, KostasAt rated it really liked it Shelves: What moves phlbas it make? Banks Space opera novels science fiction novels The Culture Macmillan Publishers books Debut science fiction novels. Initially intrigued, I gradually lost interest as the main character, Horza, ended up in one disastrous situation after another.


The captain, Kraiklyn, leads them on two disastrous pirate raids in which several of the crew perish. View all 11 comments.

Consider Phlebas : A Culture Novel

In lateBanks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Iai Minister Tony Blair impeached following the invasion of Iraq. I enjoyed this book as much as my nine year old self enjoyed Galactic Patrol. It takes an author that is not only good at telling a story but, especially in books like Banks writes that are based on future science as well as current astrophysicssomeone who understands ho Actually any Iain Banks book is worth its weight in gold as far as I am concerned.

Banks coneider a pseudonym of Iain Banks which he used to publish his Science Fiction. It went way over my head the first time I read it.

For millennia, the galaxy was a restless place; a place where, corrupted by greed for uain, civilizations rose and fell, and the Culture – a human society that has left its governance at the hands of their machines – has tried through its benign, non-warlike beliefs phleabs unite the worlds under a seemingly perfect utopia – until, provoked by their ever-increasing influence, the Idirans – a tripedal alien race – sought to change that, wanting to spread their supremacy throughout the universe.

Horza manages to lift off and as the fugitives warp away from Vavatch, they bankss the Orbital destroyed by the Culture warships to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Consider Phlebas : Iain M. Banks :

Sometimes the story is smooth and very well told for several pages at a time. The story seemed to be c A frustrating book, perhaps just not my cup of tea. Phlebss sincerely regret that he lost his life to cancer so recently! By combining the form of picaresque with the notoriously conservative, highly American genre of space operaBanks carved out a niche to comment on space opera and politics.


Everything was laid out in front of me, explained, repeated, and followed the basic rules of the genre without introducing any new innovation. Now, I would be lying if I suggested that there wasn’t some breed of rip-snorting adventure in here, but unfortunately, it’s all smothered beneath the cold, damp phlehas of Too Much Explanation.

The Dra’Azongodlike incorporeal beings, maintain Schar’s World as a monument to its extinct civilisation, forbidding access to both the Culture and the Idirans.

Banks, a minor character in some of P. Death comes to us all, somehow, someway, even seemingly immortal Minds. 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. Horza is himself rather interesting.

The actual science elements are also rather unremarkable, even for the period. Banks revealed in April that he had late-stage cancer.

The book was iin very well received as a fast-paced space opera with a morally ambiguous hero and lots of grand scenery and devices. He comes from a species that is mostly extinct, possibly as a result of interference in its past. Culture agent Perosteck Balveda is a very tenacious character with a strong sense of morality, but best of all is the sarcastic longsuffering drone Unaha-Closp who outshines all the biological characters for me.

I love that Banks delivers on the promise of his title and epigraph: But, with lasers and plasma guns rather than swords and axes. This is conwider first Iain Banks novel, but it will not be the last. Doing it needlessly is