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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Consider Phlebas opens with a character drowning in a room full of shit.

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Views Read Edit View history. Paperbackpages. The Dra’Azongodlike incorporeal beings, maintain Schar’s World as a monument to its extinct civilisation, forbidding access to both the Culture cknsider the Idirans. In the book, despite its length, we only get to see a tiny glimpse of this massive conflict via a few key characters and events.

But mostly I love what Banks is whispering in my ear while I read: Yep, it’s good to be reminded that my bag of skin is nothing but crude, decaying matter.

Some of the most interesting parts of the story are digressions, like the segment that introduces the primitive civilization on a tropical island. He died the following June. I sincerely regret that he lost his life to cancer so recently! Though The Culture appears to be primarily owned by humans and the most powerful civilization in the known galaxy.

Or here’s another character: The captured Idiran, Xoxarle, frees himself and in the ensuing impact and firefight the remaining members of the Clear Air Turbulence are killed.

Unlike William Gibson’s direct, assertive style, Banks’ metaphors are often vague. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

At this point, since he’s constantly pglebas to the characters sitting around and talking, waiting for something to happen, he actually begins to develop some personalities for them, but I quickly began to suspect that he was only doing this so he could shoe in some emotional connections before killing some off in the climax in an attempt to make their deaths more poignant.


This audiobook is once again read by Peter Kenney, who is the reader on many of Iain Banos audiobooks. It certainly is a lot of fun, and feels more action based than most of the books that came later. For millennia, the galaxy was a restless place; a place where, corrupted by greed for power, civilizations rose and fell, and the Culture – a human society that has consjder its governance at the hands of their machines – has tried through its benign, non-warlike beliefs to 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.

I wasn’t wowed by speculative insight, intrigued by unpredictability, or amused by lain exciting story.

The weirdly effusive voice of a nominally neutral omniscient narrator was only one part of a rather silly tone in the book. View all 14 comments.

Banks Space opera novels science fiction novels The Culture Macmillan Publishers books Debut science fiction novels. The humans use their advanced technology to support a relaxed, hedonistic life-style, with a lot of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Although his main purpose is to tell a story, Banks is saying some quite interesting things here about the future of technology.

Banks picks up where Niven leaves off.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Most space operas never really consider the fact that machines will eventually be smarter than people, but Banks confronts this head-on. I can understand the temptation: I found most of the ship names quite cleverly funny, but in general, the jokey tone was a poor match for a brooding book of life-or-death consequences.

View all 11 comments. It isn’t about the Culture, for one thing. What’s worse is when the climax is already pretty clearly outlined and the author keeps stalling. The enemy of his enemy is his friend. Posted at Heradas In my introductory essay on Iain Banks and the Culture, Caledonian Antisyzygy and the Principle of CharityI mention that he approached fiction with a certain kind of duality, representing and considering ideologies and viewpoints antagonistic with one another. 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.


By the time you’ve got a dozen pages into it, you’re convinced that this will, at the very least, be pleasant to read at the sentence level. Banks is a pseudonym of Iain Banks which he used to publish his Science Fiction. While the novels are standalone, there is an overarching theme of moral conflict and political commentary, and it starts right here.

He had these flashbacks about his name being taken and not knowing what his name was, but I had no idea what was going on there. We have a redundant description questioningly that adds nothing to the story but needless length.

Good science fiction is VERY hard to find. The book was generally very well received as a fast-paced space opera with a morally ambiguous hero and lots of grand scenery and devices.

Consider Phlebas

Horza is a shapeshifter, not entirely human himself, but his biology is a heck of a lot closer to folks like you and me than to phlbeas three-le I’m rather curious what conskder people think of the Culture: Often, this description will be repeated or echoed every time that female character reenters the room, while many male characters will persist throughout the book in a vague, featureless haze.

As you know, the Changer dies. He laments many things. If I dislike something you love, I am not disliking you. 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.

To the contrary, I would argue that it gives you a nice idea about how easy the rest of Horza’s travels are going to be and sets the dark ish yet playful mood.