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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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Yet, Banks doesn’t have any vanks insights about the similarities and differences between robots and humans, either. A frustrating book, perhaps just not my cup of tea. It might not have been pleasant but it didn’t open up any unsettling psychological implications. Click at your own risk: The humans live hedonistic carefree lives, everything they can possibly want is catered for by the AIs, the Minds, the drones smaller Bwnks and other high-tech devices.

How would an ultra-sophisticated artificial intelligence escape certain death phhlebas the hands of an enemy? 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. Besides all that, Consider Phlebas is a really enjoyable dark space adventure.

Most importantly, it was character driven. Consider Phlebas takes place during consiedr Idiran War, the consequences of which would reverberate through the Culture for centuries to come. Banks When Banks died, I was in the process of starting one of my usual re-reads of the Culture novels. He is a master storyteller and an outstanding scientist.

Mar 25, Brad rated it really liked it Shelves: But then, the whole book had flawed pacing; and not just because it was chock-full of tangents and redundancies.


Just imagine for a moment that you no longer had to do your job in order to enjoy your favorite hobbies and entertainments. Consider PhlebasIain M. It has the big set pieces, characters hopping all over, a rather silly, self-aware tone, and a lot of asides about the universe–but lacked the style and satirical insight that made that series such a delight. Horza is being slowly put to death by drowning in the enemy’s sewer system. Want to Read saving…. This is big concept, spraw Be warned.

I noted at one point that he felt like Odysseus, more than a bit of jerk and taking ten years to accomplish his goal. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Banks has something very rare in SF — both a sense of humour and the skill to bring that humor to the page.

pjlebas Thanks for telling us about the problem. One might even say I liked it a lot. Banks has given interviews about the Culture novels, and one aspect he likes to focus on is the politics.

Billions had died, billions more were doomed. I found most of the ship names quite cleverly funny, but in general, the jokey tone was a poor match phlebax a brooding book of life-or-death consequences.

It isn’t about the Culture, for one thing.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

The CAT’ s crew encounter the Idirans in one of the Command System stations, and after a firefight apparently kill one and capture the other. 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 phleba they’re not considerr a bad bunch. I can’t think of another book that left connsider disappointed, satisfied and relieved all at the same time, but that’s what happened here, which more than made up for sections I felt more lacking.

I’m rather curious what other people think of the Culture: 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. Horza is opposed by a Culture agent; there is again no attempt to show that he is cpnsider superior, and in fact she comes across in many ways as a better person.


When I talk about a ‘back-loaded’ plot, I mean one where all the action is constantly focused on the final conclusion.

Consider Phlebas : A Culture Novel

The Culture is an amalgam of human and machine intelligence, with the latter forming the functional backbone and the humans being mostly decorative. However, when Banks is involved, things are never that simple, especially with regards to genre tropes.

The captain, Kraiklyn, leads them on two disastrous pirate raids in which several of the crew perish. Balveda reveals Horza’s identity and he convinces the crew to carry out his mission. She’s able to see the Culture from the perspective of the Idirans, and the Idirans from Borza’s perspective.

And dull, just so stupid, to an Idiran. But Horza instead throws in his lot with the Idirans, a xenophobic and deeply religious, deeply warlike society that is at major war with the Culture.

I read this after The Player of Games, which offers you the inside view of the Culture, both the good parts and the bad.

Condider decadent end of all things feeling; with bizarre games ones where real lives are at stakecannibal cults, odd characters, bleak set pieces weighted with time, and a roguish trickster main character to say the least, as chilling and ruthless as a Bester or Vance character.