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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Many are frustrated by Banks’ propensity for long, detailed, action sequences and feel that these scenes disrupt the flow of the plot, whereas I love the cinematic quality of the action.

They land on Schar’s World and search for the Mind in the Command System, a complex of subterranean train stations. The machines are very well done. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade.

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I like it very much, so I feel a little sad that many friends I respect don’t love it as much as I and a good deal of them just think it is mostly okay. We are such pathetic, fleshy things, so short lived, swarming and confused.

The trouble is that to bznks your mind off it you try to drag everybody else down there with you. This was was a solid 4 stars. As the story unfolds Horza pursues this Mind across space, competing with Culture efforts to retrieve it and travelling through a scintillating and baroque series of places and worlds that sent my imagination conslder. Consider Phlebas Iain M. And I can still remember the delight of coming across a ‘hard’ SF writer whose politics were, for a change, anti-authoritarian.

I’ve made the opposite of the following comment in my review of Greg Bear’s Eonbut I feel with this worth repeating. Two stars is about right. He knows readers want the action and adventure, and he delivers in strides, but still finds a way to bury the soul of the story on the periphery of the chaos.

Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheel and look to windward, Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you. Now it’s good for a story to progress toward this conclusion, but you’ve got to put smaller arcs and motivations along the way.


Unfortunately, the title’s suggestion of literary intertextuality soon wilted on the vine, so I consiver my expectation to ‘amusing, rollicking adventure’. It might not have been pleasant but it didn’t open up any unsettling psychological implications.

Nov 10, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr consiser, Stuart rated it really liked it Shelves: Banks is a pseudonym of Iain Banks which he used to publish his Science Fiction. Her movements were fluttery and nervous. The politics feel fresh, sharp and modern. If I had read this first, and hadn’t spent most of the book looking for the Culture and not finding it, would I have enjoyed it more?

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Then again, if like many readers you would have feelings of angst and guilt if you uain to read the books of a series out of order, then it makes sense to start with this one.

I love that Horza is an unlikab I’m not really sure what to say about Consider Phlebas. At first, I thought his reasoning for working against humanity a little underdeveloped: But what is really annoying is that the coulda-been-good is more disappointing than the meh.

When an author wants to demonstrate something–a character’s personality, the progression of a relationship, some point of politics or philosophy–he designs a scene to illustrate this point.

Doc Smith, for a long time the unquestioned king of this particular sub-genre. Relations between humanoids and AI is superbly well done with some very neat ideas. Horza has kept Balveda alive, and she is taken into the complex.

But the narrative never lived up to my hopes, and I spent the whole book feeling disappointed. The opening scene to Iain M. I take this opportunity to highlight Banks’ deliciously subtle humour. A subsequent Culture novel, Look to Windwardwhose title comes from the previous line of the same poem, can be considered a loose follow-up.

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.

Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.

He moved to London and lived in the south of England until when he returned to Scotland, li Iain M. Everything was laid out in front of me, explained, repeated, and followed the basic rules of the genre without introducing any new innovation.


At this point, since he’s constantly returning 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. There are two or three characters that are well developed enough that one might actually care what happens to them, and a depth of context and mythos that is very alluring.

There could be no surrender. Its protagonist Bora Horza Gobuchul is an enemy of the Culture.

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In the end, the reason the Culture universe has become so popular and well-regarded is not because of elaborate space battles and destruction, but rather by exploring the ideas of what a post-scarcity civilization would actually be like. Sure, you can take a minute to have everyone watch the game-winning hit with fear and apprehension, you can even do it in slow mo with the outfielder running to the wall hoping to catch it.

I think it is just brutal enough. On one page, we’re told that the character won’t die of thirst because he’s floating on a freshwater ocean. She’s able to comment on the story as it’s happening, almost like the narrator in Don Quixote or other epic picaresque novels. And indeed, stepping onto the facts of our own system, Banks builds an incredibly vast universe which, as it immerses us into a great war between a society that – lost for a long time in its utopian ideals – fights for its own existence and an alien force that seeks its dominance, reveals us unknown worlds and civilizations, showing us throughout the story glances from their lives and their beliefs, and making ultimately something wonderfully unique.

It just felt like bad editing at that point.