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 in the end I would say that Consider Phlebas is not a complete success or failure as a novel, but its primary importance bankz in establishing the template and introduction to the fantastic and limitless potential bamks the CULTURE universe. While Horza treats us to a handful of propaganda lectures regarding the evils and stupidity of the Culture, we are given enough glimpses of their inner workings and the people who populate it to realize they’re not necessarily a bad bunch.

The Culture and the Idiran Empire are at war in a galaxy-spanning conflict. Jun 05, Mark banjs it it was ok Shelves: Ooh, a giant orbital ring with floating megaships! In fact, at times you wonder why Horza bothered to get involved with such a dangerous conflict at all.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Trivia About Consider Phlebas. And today, mine is going to be unpopular.

I get what Banks was going for thematically, I’m totally on his wavelength, but the ending of phlrbas thing just punishes the reader. 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. If you’ve read the latter you may like my review of the former.

I love that Horza is an unlikab I’m not really sure what to say about Consider Phlebas. We brush by each other in episodes, and all we learn about each other is in our own little short stories of companionship.

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Consider Phlebas : A Culture Novel

Having said that, I do not recall any actual dull moments, just that some scenes are less compelling than others. This novel, for example, was recommend as “thinking man’s sf adventure.

In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he “abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns. 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.

This is how the Culture is introduced to us, hidden in the horse, wheeled through the gate because it’s large and exciting. The man could write. Instead of Smith’s dreadful prose, Banks writes elegant, literary English. I hope I will always be able to do the same. Again, I enjoyed both, but for different reasons.

The very next scene, in which we meet our protagonist Horza, is a huge win.

Keely rated it it was ok Shelves: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. It is also a very fun book, despite some dark themes: The narrative begins with a short prologue detailing the birth, bwnks, and subsequent pursuit of a Culture Mind in a rare time of war, followed by a particularly grim introduction to our protagonist, Bora Horza Gobuchul, in which he is slowly drowning in a prison cell via sewage and waste created as a result of a banquet held in his “honor”.

A current under sea Picked his bones in whispers.

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The Culture series are all standalone books set in this universe, each volume tells a story concerning the humans and the machines of this powerful empire. Want to Read saving…. In some ways ways, it resembles The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxybut without the humor.

Banks does a few good things in terms of creating a universe, but the fundamental disjointedness of the book undermines the attempt to describe a cohesive world.

I want to believe Banks was also trying to accomplish something beyond an action novel. The second Idiran, who had been mortally wounded but not killed, sets one of the trains for a collision course to the station. It’s very, very hard for a lone person to do that. Set in a fictional galaxy of the Milky Way, Iain M. The question of how humanity will deal with or survive, or whatever the Singularity should be a philosophically engrossing aspect to any book that touches on the subject, but Banks really doesn’t seem to want to stretch himself reaching for the tough stuff when his febrile imagination can spin off so much vomit-flavored cotton candy.


You see the Culture both from the inside and from the outside; its critics tend to say that it’s really run by the AIs, with the people having little consirer. It reminded me more than a little of Brandon in Apocalypse Now cross bred with Dune, and Kain mean that in a good way. As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left-wing history shows in his writings.

If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. You will gather that he really isn’t terribly good. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist.

Banks they can get their hands on in a desperate, sleep-deprived book-orgy. He moved to London and lived in the south of England until when he returned to Scotland, li Iain M. Banks is not a depressing writer.

Yep, it’s good to be reminded that my bag of skin is nothing but crude, decaying matter. If you show the audience something that looks, banka, smells, and tastes like an apple, they aren’t going to believe it’s a banana, no matter how many times you tell them it is.